Stratford overtakes Waterloo as Britain’s busiest railway station

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Stratford successful eastbound London has overtaken London Waterloo arsenic Britain’s busiest railway presumption successful the past year, latest figures show.

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) said an estimated 14 cardinal passengers travelled done the eastbound London presumption successful the twelvemonth to the extremity of March. Passenger numbers crossed Britain dropped by 78% implicit the 12-month play owed to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is the archetypal clip successful 17 years that Waterloo was not the most-used presumption successful the yearly figures. Just 12.2 cardinal radical utilized the presumption successful 2020-21. This was down from 86.9 cardinal passengers a twelvemonth earlier, making it the 4th busiest station.

Stratford is simply a cardinal interchange, enabling radical to link with different transport routes. It is served by c2c, Greater Anglia, London Overground and TfL Rail mainline services. The presumption besides has London Underground and autobus connections.

Birmingham New Street was the busiest presumption extracurricular London, with 7.4 cardinal passengers. Scotland’s astir utilized presumption was Glasgow Central (5.3 million), portion Cardiff Central (2 million) took apical spot successful Wales.

The figures are based chiefly connected summons sales.

The ORR’s manager of readying and performance, Feras Alshaker, said: “We’ve seen a extremist change, particularly successful London, successful the stations radical were utilizing the most.

“Stratford, Highbury and Islington, Clapham Junction, Barking and East Croydon replaced King’s Cross, St Pancras, Euston and Paddington successful the apical 10, underlining their value arsenic captious stops and interchanges, linking cardinal workers with underground and autobus services to travel.

“This twelvemonth we person seen galore railway stations with precise fewer rider entries and exits. However, we cognize that caller figures amusement leisure journeys are astir backmost to pre-pandemic levels, portion determination has been a slower summation successful commuter journeys.”

Andy Bagnall, director-general astatine the manufacture assemblage the Rail Delivery Group, said: “The presumption usage figures amusement however the obstruction manufacture kept radical moving for the archetypal twelvemonth of the pandemic. Some of the entries connected the database bespeak wherever radical similar cardinal workers were travelling from and besides the acceleration of changes to however radical are travelling aft the pandemic.

“Rail companies are moving unneurotic to invited radical backmost and the caller summation successful passengers continues to some bespeak and enactment the nation’s recovery.”

Six stations had nary passengers successful 2020-21, chiefly owed to services being suspended due to the fact that of the microorganism crisis. They were Abererch, Gwynedd; Beasdale, Highland; Llanbedr, Gwynedd; Sampford Courtenay, Devon; Stanlow and Thornton, Cheshire; and Sugar Loaf, Powys.

After publicity surrounding past year’s least-used presumption – Berney Arms successful Norfolk – rider usage accrued eightfold, from 42 to 348. That was the biggest percent summation of immoderate presumption compared with the erstwhile year.