* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Lelant Saltings from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
The station opened on 27 May 1978 and had a car park for 300 vehicles. A return ticket to St Ives cost £0.60. Cornwall County Council provided £35,000 to build the car park and Penwith District Council paid £15,000 to build the platform. During the first summer nearly 136,000 people were carried from the station, with 3,000 cars using the car park in peak weeks. Nearly 40% of users surveyed said that they would not have visited St Ives if the park and ride was not available.
Usage statistics from the Office of Rail Regulation showed a dramatic fluctuation in passenger numbers: this is most noticeable at Lelant Saltings where the figure was more than 23,000 journeys in the year ending in March 2006, but only 653 attributed to the station the following year. 2006-07 saw a significant decrease in recorded passenger numbers when rover tickets were excluded from the figures.
The statistics cover twelve month periods that start in April.
The station is 0.5 miles (800 m) north of St Erth and faces the Hayle Estuary. There is just a single platform built from pre-cast concrete components, which is on the left of trains arriving from St Erth.
St Ives Town F.C. play their football matches on a pitch at The Saltings next to the station.