Stations Get More Crowded
4 December 2014, 19:10
New figures show London's rail stations are getting more crowded.
Some London termini handled upwards of 8% more passengers last year, with the total for the busiest of them all - Waterloo - approaching the 100 million mark.
Of the 10 busiest stations, Euston had the largest increase last year, rising 9.4%.
From the Office of Rail Regulation, the figures were based on estimates of entries and exits at stations for the period April 1 2013 to March 31 2014.
On this basis, Waterloo was the busiest station with 98.44 million passengers - a rise of 2.6% on 2012/13.
Next was Victoria, where numbers rose 5.2% to 81.35 million, with Liverpool Street third with a rise of 7.8% to 63 million.
The only non-London stations in the top 10 were Birmingham New Street, which was in 8th place and where numbers rose 8.3% to 34.75 million and 10th-placed Leeds, where numbers were up 5.3% to 27.73 million.
Other busy stations in 2013/14 included Glasgow Central (27.15 million passengers), Edinburgh (20 million), Brighton (16.94 million), Gatwick Airport (16.18 million) and Glasgow Queen Street (15.76 million).
These were the busiest stations (all are London terminii except Birmingham New Street and Leeds)
STATION Exits/Entrances 2013/14 Percentage change on 2012/13
1. Waterloo 98,442,742 +2.6%
2. Victoria 81,356,330 +5.2%
3. Liverpool Street 63,004,002 +7.8%
4. London Bridge 56,442,044 +5.8%
5. Euston 41,911,706 +9.4%
6. Charing Cross 40,170,074 +4.0%
7. Paddington 35,093,628 +2.8%
8. Birmingham New Street 34,748,984 +8.3%
9. King's Cross 29,823,715 +4.8%
10.Leeds 27,729,453 +5.8%
A Department for Transport spokeswoman said: "These figures are further proof that more passengers are using our rail network than ever before.
"As part of our long-term economic plan, we are investing record amounts in the network, with more than £38 billion being spent on improvements and maintenance over the next five years, to provide a world-class railway for growing numbers of passengers."