Britain’s busiest and quietest railway stations: welcome 94 million passengers to just 46

Two railway stations in northwestern England are the least used in Britain.

Denton of Greater Manchester and Stanlow and Thornton of Cheshire were used by only 46 passengers in the year until March 31, 2019.

Reddish South is on the same line as Denton and was the only other station that registered annual double-digit use, with 60 passengers.

The three least used stations are managed by the Northern train operator.

Denton and Reddish South are on the line between Stockport and Stalybridge, which was built to take trains to Leeds, but saw that their schedule was reduced in the 1990s after services changed routes.

The stations are served by one train per week in each direction.

From Denton, a Stockport train leaves at 10.23 a.m. on Saturdays, while a service to Stalybridge departs at 10.54 a.m.

Northern said it is required to maintain a service to the stations as part of its franchise agreement.

The nearby Reddish North station has frequent trains to Manchester and Sheffield.

Stanlow and Thornton Station in Cheshire

Stanlow and Thornton are on the line between Ellesmere Port and Manchester, with three trains per day in each direction, except Sundays.

It is surrounded by the Stanlow oil refinery, owned by Essar Energy.

Several stations remain open even though they are rarely used because it is easier to arrange for a train to stop infrequently than to obtain permission to close.

London Waterloo was confirmed as Britain’s busiest station for the 16th consecutive year.

Some 94.2 million passengers used the station in 2018/19.

Birmingham New Street was the only station outside London ranked among the 10 busiest.

He beat Euston to take fifth place with 47.9 million entries and exits.

Glasgow Central maintained its position as the most used station in Scotland, with 32.8 million passengers placing it at number 11 in the general classification.

The busiest station in Wales was Cardiff Central with 14.2 million entries and exits.

Estimates are based primarily on ticket sales.

Last year’s least-used station, the British Steel Redcar of North Yorkshire, saw its annual number of entries and departures increase from 40 to 360.

The Office of Railways and Roads (ORR) said the increase in the Redcar station may be due to attracting visitors interested in seeing the least used station in the 2017/18 ranking.

Busiest stations in Great Britain

1. London Waterloo: 94,192,690

2. London Victoria: 74,715,808

3. London Liverpool Street: 69,482,532

4. London Bridge: 61,308,364

5. Birmingham New Street: 47,927,772

6. London Euston: 46,146,456

7. Stratford (London): 41,206,226

8. London Paddington: 38,181,588

9. London St Pancras International: 35,984,204

10. London Kings Cross: 34,645,924

Busiest stations outside London

1. Birmingham New Street 47,927,772

2. Glasgow Central 32,797,088

3. Leeds 30,838,554

4. Manchester Piccadilly 30,251,948

5. Edinburgh 23,872,996

6. Gatwick Airport 21,225,246

7. Brighton 17,384,634

8. Glasgow Queen Street 17,207,208

9. Reading 17,080,738

10. Liverpool Central 14,605,748

The quietest seasons in Britain

= 1. Denton (46)

= 1. Stanlow and Thornton (46)

3. Reddish South (60)

4. Barry Links (122)

5. Havenhouse (158)


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