Only 22 People Used the UK's Least Busy Train Station in the Last Year

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

The Office of Rail and Road has released its latest figures for footfall at the UK's railway stations, and the chasm between London Waterloo – the busiest – and Shippea Hill, Cambridgeshire – the quietest – is astonishingly large. Over 2014-15, Waterloo brought in 99,201,604 passengers, while only 22 either jumped on or off at Shippea Hill. That's less than two passengers per month. According to the numbers, Waterloo was 4,509,164 times as busy as little old Shippea Hill.

Unsurprisingly, nine of the top 10 busiest stations in the UK are based in London, with only Birmingham New Street managing to break up the capital's dominance. Though it still took fourth spot, London Bridge attracted almost 7 million fewer travellers than it did last year. Engineering works have been blamed for the significant drop, and campaigners say this should teach the government about the importance of sensible planning.

10 Busiest Stations

  1. Waterloo, Greater London: 99,201,604
  2. Victoria, Greater London: 85,337,996
  3. Liverpool Street, Greater London: 63,631,246
  4. London Bridge, Greater London: 49,517,854
  5. Charing Cross, Greater London: 42,978,890
  6. Euston, Greater London: 42,952,298
  7. Paddington, Greater London: 35,724,684
  8. Birmingham New Street, West Midlands: 35,312,788
  9. King's Cross, Greater London: 31,346,862
  10. Stratford, Greater London: 30,974,204

10 Least Busy Stations

  1. Shippea Hill, Cambridgeshire: 22
  2. Coombe, Cornwall: 26
  3. Teesside Airport, Darlington: 32
  4. Reddish South, Greater Manchester: 54
  5. Barry Links, Angus: 60
  6. Pilning, South Gloucestershire: 68
  7. Golf Street, Angus: 86
  8. Elton & Orston, Nottinghamshire: 88
  9. Buckenham, Norfolk: 88
  10. Breich, West Lothian: 92

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