London Stratford emerges as UK's busiest station

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London's Stratford railway presumption was Britain's busiest successful a twelvemonth that recorded the lowest level of rider journeys for astir 150 years.

The presumption recorded astir 14 cardinal entries and exits betwixt successful March 2020 and April 2021 arsenic rider usage fell 78% successful Britain owed to the pandemic.

Lockdowns and restrictions passim the twelvemonth meant much radical worked from location and did not commute arsenic much.

London Waterloo witnessed the biggest alteration successful rider usage.

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) said Waterloo had mislaid the rubric of Britain's busiest presumption for the archetypal clip successful 17 years, with conscionable 12.2 cardinal entries and exits compared to 86.9 cardinal the twelvemonth before.

It said the pandemic had brought the lowest level of obstruction journeys crossed Britain since astatine slightest earlier 1872.

Feras Alshaker, manager of readying and show astatine the ORR, said determination had been "radical change", peculiarly successful London, successful the stations radical utilized the most.

He said caller figures suggested determination had been a "slower summation successful commuter journeys" compared to leisure trips, which had astir returned to pre-pandemic levels.

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Waterloo Station deserted connected a Saturday evening during the archetypal lockdown

London's railway stations dominated the apical 10 astir used, with London Victoria (13.8 million) besides heavy utilized during the pandemic.

Highbury and Islington (8.7 million), Clapham Junction (8.4 million), Barking (6.7 million) and East Croydon (6.7 million) entered the apical 10 for the archetypal time, replacing London's Paddington, Euston, St Pancras International and Kings Cross stations.

Outside of the capital, the ORR said Birmingham New Street was the lone presumption that recorded much than six cardinal entries and exits, with 7.4 cardinal radical travelling from oregon to the station.

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Sugar Loaf presumption successful Wales was opened successful 1868 and has nary regular passengers

Across Scotland, Glasgow Central remained the astir utilized presumption with 5.3 cardinal entries and exits, a autumn from 32.5 cardinal successful 2019-20, portion Cardiff Central successful Wales remained the nation's busiest with conscionable nether 2 cardinal journeys compared to much than 12 cardinal the twelvemonth before.

Nearly 200 railway stations crossed Britain had less than 1,000 entries and exits, with galore having services suspended owed to the pandemic.

There were six stations that recorded nary entries oregon exits. These were Abererch and Llanbedr stations, successful Gwynedd, Wales, Sugar Loaf successful Powys, Beasdale successful Highland, Scotland, Sampford Courtenay successful Devon, and Stanlow & Thornton presumption adjacent Chester.

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