List of busiest railway stations in Great Britain

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This is a list of the busiest railway stations in Great Britain on the National Rail network. The figures are collected by the Office of Rail Regulation, and are estimates based on ticket sales in the financial year of 2012–13.[1] The data count entries and exits at any station. Only tickets sold for National Rail services are included. As such, London Underground, special tours, local light rail and heritage railway tickets are excluded. Note that these data cover Great Britain and surrounding small islands (such as the Isle of Wight), not the United Kingdom, and so exclude tickets within Northern Ireland and Eurostar. There are various further limits to the data due to the variety of ticketing options available on rail services within the UK; these are outlined in full in the report on the data.[2] The top 30 stations are shown. If London Underground stations were included London Waterloo would still be number one, with Waterloo Underground second, and the top thirty stations would comprise 21 London Underground stations and nine National Rail stations.

Rank Railway Station Annual entries/exits
Annual interchanges
Location Main Services Number of platforms Interchange systems Image
1 London Waterloo 98.443 9.389 London South Western Main Line
West of England Main Line
22 London Underground Waterloo-Station-2013.JPG
2 London Victoria 81.856 9.005 London Brighton Main Line
Chatham Main Line
19 London Underground London Victoria Station.jpg
3 London Liverpool Street 63.004 2.667 London Great Eastern Main Line
West Anglia Main Line
18 London Underground Liverpool Street Station Concourse, London, UK - Diliff.jpg
4 London Bridge 56.442 8.815 London South Eastern Main Line
15 London Underground London Bridge station MMB 11 455XXX 319446.jpg
5 London Charing Cross 40.170 1.993 London South Eastern Main Line 6 London Underground Charingcross-eye s.jpg
6 London Euston 40.467 3.364 London West Coast Main Line 18 London Underground Euston Station London - - 1309275.jpg
7 London Paddington 35.094 2.875 London Great Western Main Line
South Wales Main Line
Reading to Plymouth Line
14 London Underground Paddington Station rush hour.jpg
8 Birmingham New Street 34.748 5.164 Birmingham West Coast Main Line
Cross Country Route
13 Birmingham New Street railway station MMB 12 390016 220014 323212 221133.jpg
9 London King's Cross 29.824 3.499 London East Coast Main Line 12 London Underground KingsCrossOutside.JPG
10 Glasgow Central 27.153 3.223 Glasgow West Coast Main Line 17 Glasgow Subway (close by) GlasgowCentral.jpg
11 Leeds 27.729 2.744 Leeds East Coast Main Line
Midland Main Line
Cross Country Route
17 Overview of Leeds City railway station 04.jpg
12 Stratford 26.378 5.000 London Great Eastern Main Line
Lea Valley Lines
15 London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, London Overground 2012 Olympic Park viewed over Stratford Station from the roof of The Stratford Centre - - 1128399.jpg
13 London St Pancras 26.046 3.504 London Midland Main Line
High-Speed 1
15 London Underground St Pancras Railway Station 2012-06-23.jpg
14 Clapham Junction 25.287 26.847 London South Western Main Line
West of England Main Line
Brighton Main Line
17 London Overground Clapham Junction Railway Station South Western Entrance.jpg
15 Manchester Piccadilly 24.476 3.062 Manchester West Coast Main Line 14 Manchester Metrolink Piccadilly Station Manchester - - 692981.jpg
16 East Croydon 20.965 6.525 Croydon Brighton Main Line 6 Croydon Tramlink East Croydon station.jpg
17 London Cannon Street 20.020 0.437 London South Eastern Main Line 7 London Underground Cannon Street station new building.JPG
18 Vauxhall 19.065 0.000 London South Western Main Line 8 London Underground Vauxhall mainline stn north building.JPG
19 Wimbledon 18.902 1.373 London South Western Main Line 10 London Underground, Croydon Tramlink Wimbledon station main building.JPG
20 Edinburgh Waverley 18.879 1.191 Edinburgh East Coast Main Line
West Coast Main Line
18 Edinburgh Trams Edinburgh Waverley station viewed from Edinburgh Castle 2005-06-17 02.jpg
21 London Fenchurch Street 16.842 0.458 London London, Tilbury & Southend Line 4 Fenchurch Street station (6553644825).jpg
22 Glasgow Queen Street 16.452 1.553 Glasgow Glasgow to Edinburgh 9 Glasgow Subway (close by) Glasgow Queen Street Station.jpg
23 Brighton 16.187 1.940 Brighton Brighton Main Line
West Coastway Line
8 BrightonStation4682.JPG
24 Reading 15.412 3.831 Reading Great Western Main Line 15 Reading railway station MMB 01.jpg
25 Gatwick Airport 15.353 1.160 Gatwick Airport Brighton Main Line 6 Gatwick Airport Station geograph-3884339-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
26 Highbury and Islington 14.695 1.766 London North London Line
East London Line
8 London Underground, London Overground HighburyIslington North London Line look east June 2010.jpg
27 London Marylebone 14.685 0.488 London Chiltern Main Line 6 London Underground Marylebone station frontage - DSCF0473.JPG
28 Liverpool Central 13.522 0.407 Liverpool Merseyrail services (Wirral and Northern lines) 3 Merseyrail Class 507s, Liverpool Central railway station (geograph 3787001).jpg
29 Liverpool Lime Street 13.166 0.813 Liverpool West Coast Main Line
Liverpool to Manchester Lines
10 Lime Street Station Liverpool (6730056063).jpg
30 London Blackfriars 13.022 1.309 London Thameslink 4 London Underground Blackfriars tube stn and Thameslink northern entrance 2012.JPG

Below this, station usage was as follows:

  • Cardiff Central, Putney, Bristol Temple Meads and Manchester Victoria had reported over 10 million passengers
  • A further 47 stations had reported 5 to 10 million passengers
  • 421 had reported passengers of 1–5 million
  • 324 had reported passengers of 500,000–1 million
  • 488 had reported passengers of 200,000–500,000
  • 345 had reported passengers of 100,000–200,000
  • 250 had reported passengers of 50,000–100,000
  • 376 had reported passengers of 10,000–50,000
  • 192 had reported passengers of 1,000–10,000
  • 48 had reported passengers of 100–1,000
  • In 2011-12, Breich (90), Barry Links (86), Elton and Orston (72), Coombe (60), Reddish South (56), Denton (30), and Teesside Airport (14) had fewer than 100 passengers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Estimates of station usage". Office of Rail Regulation. 2013-04-04. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  2. ^ "Estimates of Station Usage 2011/12" (PDF). Office of Rail Regulation. 2013-04-04. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 

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