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 2015–16.[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.

List[edit]

Rank Railway Station Annual entries/exits
(millions)
2015–16
Annual interchanges
(millions)
2015–16
Location Main Services Number of platforms Interchange systems Image
1 London Waterloo 99.148 6.098 London South Western Main Line
West of England Main Line
24 (has Platforms 25 and 26) London Underground Waterloo-Station-2013.JPG
2 London Victoria 81.151 5.621 London Brighton Main Line
Chatham Main Line
19 London Underground London Victoria Station.jpg
3 London Liverpool Street 66.557 2.481 London Great Eastern Main Line
West Anglia Main Line
18 London Underground, London Overground, TfL Rail Liverpool Street Station Concourse, London, UK - Diliff.jpg
4 London Bridge 53.851 2.025 London South Eastern Main Line
Thameslink
15 London Underground London Bridge station MMB 11 319446.jpg
5 London Euston 41.678 3.854 London West Coast Main Line 18 London Underground, London Overground Euston Station London - geograph.org.uk - 1309275.jpg
6 Stratford 41.113 3.335 London Great Eastern Main Line
Lea Valley Lines
21 (4 and 7 disused, 3A, 4A, 4B, and 10A exist) London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, London Overground, TfL Rail 2012 Olympic Park viewed over Stratford Station from the roof of The Stratford Centre - geograph.org.uk - 1128399.jpg
7 Birmingham New Street 39.077 5.825 Birmingham West Coast Main Line
Cross Country Route
13 Midland Metro 2015-09-23 New St East Entrance.jpg
8 London Paddington 36.537 2.991 London Great Western Main Line
South Wales Main Line
Reading to Plymouth Line
14 (Platforms 15 and 16 exist) London Underground Paddington Station rush hour.jpg
9 London King's Cross 33.362 3.684 London East Coast Main Line 12 (starts at 0) London Underground KingsCrossOutside.JPG
10 Clapham Junction 32.282 30.449 London South Western Main Line
West of England Main Line
Brighton Main Line
17 London Overground Clapham Junction Railway Station South Western Entrance.jpg
11 London St Pancras 31.724 4.474 London Midland Main Line
Thameslink
Eurostar
15 London Underground St Pancras Railway Station 2012-06-23.jpg
12 Glasgow Central 30.001 3.486 Glasgow West Coast Main Line 17 Glasgow Subway (close by) GlasgowCentral.jpg
13 Leeds 29.724 3.052 Leeds East Coast Main Line
Midland Main Line
Cross Country Route
17 Overview of Leeds City railway station 04.jpg
14 London Charing Cross 28.998 0.827 London South Eastern Main Line 6 London Underground Charingcross-eye s.jpg
15 Highbury and Islington 28.166 2.834 London North London Line
East London Line
8 London Underground, London Overground HighburyIslington North London Line look east June 2010.jpg
16 Manchester Piccadilly 25.793 2.886 Manchester West Coast Main Line 14 Manchester Metrolink Piccadilly Station Manchester - geograph.org.uk - 692981.jpg
17 East Croydon 24.262 7.055 London Brighton Main Line 6 Croydon Tramlink East Croydon station.jpg
18 Canada Water 23.644 0 London East London Line 4 London Underground Canada Water Station, Southwark, London - geograph.org.uk - 1217193.jpg
19 Edinburgh Waverley 21.724 1.327 Edinburgh East Coast Main Line
West Coast Main Line
18 Edinburgh Trams Edinburgh Waverley station viewed from Edinburgh Castle 2005-06-17 02.jpg
20 London Cannon Street 21.242 0.767 London South Eastern Main Line 7 London Underground Cannon Street station new building.JPG
21 Vauxhall 20.932 0.000 London South Western Main Line 8 London Underground Vauxhall mainline stn north building.JPG
22 Wimbledon 20.439 1.336 London South Western Main Line 10 London Underground, Croydon Tramlink Wimbledon station main building.JPG
23 London Fenchurch Street 18.045 0.613 London London, Tilbury & Southend Line 4 Fenchurch Street station (6553644825).jpg
24 Gatwick Airport 18.029 1.282 Gatwick Airport Brighton Main Line
Gatwick Express
7 Gatwick Airport Station geograph-3884339-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
25 Brighton 17.333 1.867 Brighton Brighton Main Line
West Coastway Line

East Coastway Line

8 BrightonStation4682.JPG
26 Reading 16.756 3.970 Reading Great Western Main Line 15 Reading railway station MMB 01.jpg
27 Glasgow Queen Street 16.425 1.734 Glasgow Glasgow to Edinburgh 9 Glasgow Subway (close by) Glasgow Queen Street Station.jpg
28 London Marylebone 15.933 0.534 London Chiltern Main Line 6 London Underground Marylebone station frontage - DSCF0473.JPG
29 Liverpool Central 15.639 0.435 Liverpool Merseyrail services (Wirral and Northern lines) 3 Merseyrail Class 507s, Liverpool Central railway station (geograph 3787001).jpg
30 Liverpool Lime Street 15.227 1.336 Liverpool West Coast Main Line
Liverpool to Manchester Lines
10 Lime Street Station Liverpool (6730056063).jpg

Below this, station usage was as follows:

  • Cardiff Central, Putney, Cambridge, Canada Water and Bristol Temple Meads had reported over 10 million passengers. Canada Water is the busiest station with 2 National Rail platforms.
  • A further 50 stations had reported 5 to 10 million passengers
  • 464 had reported passengers of 1–5 million
  • 325 had reported passengers of 500,001–1 million
  • 488 had reported passengers of 200,001–500,000
  • 337 had reported passengers of 100,001–200,000
  • 250 had reported passengers of 50,001–100,000
  • 350 had reported passengers of 10,001–50,000
  • 188 had reported passengers of 1,001–10,000
  • 41 had reported passengers of 101–1,000
  • In 2014-15, eleven stations- Kildonan (96), Breich (92), Buckenham (88), Elton and Orston (88), Golf Street (86), Pilning (68), Barry Links (60), Reddish South (54), Teesside Airport (32), Coombe (26) and Shippea Hill (22) and reported fewer than 100 passengers.

London termini[edit]

This is a list of the busiest stations in the "London terminals" station group.

Rank Station Annual entries/exits
(millions)
2014–15
Annual interchanges
(millions)
2014–15
1 Waterloo 99.202 10.189
2 Victoria 85.338 9.638
3 Liverpool Street 63.631 3.144
4 London Bridge 49.519 8.454
5 Charing Cross 42.979 1.068
6 Euston 42.952 3.535
7 Paddington 35.725 2.843
8 King's Cross 31.347 3.736
9 St Pancras 26.466 3.888
10 Cannon Street 22.130 2.351
11 Vauxhall 21.111 0.000
12 Fenchurch Street 17.598 0.616
13 Marylebone 15.978 0.496
14 Blackfriars 15.149 1.199
15 Moorgate 9.398 0.580
16 Waterloo East 7.872 1.377
17 Kensington (Olympia) 7.249 0.003
18 Farringdon 7.007 0.113
19 City Thameslink 6.354 0.003
20 Elephant & Castle 3.257 0.118

Other London stations[edit]

This is a list of the busiest stations in Greater London, excluding those listed above under the London termini.

Rank Station Annual entries/exits
(millions)
2014–15
Annual interchanges
(millions)
2014–15
1 Stratford 30.974 3.053
2 Clapham Junction 26.466 28.426
3 East Croydon 22.767 7.516
4 Highbury and Islington 19.976 2.893
5 Wimbledon 19.527 1.405
6 Putney 11.158 0.000
7 Canada Water 10.331 0.000
8 Richmond 9.768 1.877
9 Barking 9.675 0.649
10 Surbiton 9.604 0.937
11 Lewisham 9.218 2.003
12 Romford 8.947 0.546
13 Ilford 8.022 0.023
14 Balham 7.644 0.372
15 Bromley South 7.381 0.867
16 Whitechapel 7.163 0.000
17 Sutton 6.779 0.644
18 Earlsfield 6.553 0.000
19 Dalston Kingsland 6.389 0.000
20 Finsbury Park 6.264 1.045

Other stations in Great Britain[edit]

This is a list of the busiest stations in Great Britain outside of London.

Rank Railway Station Annual entries/exits
(millions)
2014–15
Annual interchanges
(millions)
2014–15
1 Birmingham New Street 35.313 5.379
2 Glasgow Central 28.965 3.499
3 Leeds 28.848 2.890
4 Manchester Piccadilly 24.615 2.722
5 Edinburgh Waverley 21.107 1.257
6 Gatwick Airport 17.494 1.046
7 Brighton 17.171 1.849
8 Glasgow Queen Street 16.959 1.715
9 Reading 16.340 3.925
10 Liverpool Central 15.273 0.399
11 Liverpool Lime Street 14.871 1.237
12 Cardiff Central 11.939 1.755
13 Cambridge 10.420 0.558
14 Bristol Temple Meads 10.100 1.475
15 Sheffield 9.113 1.007
16 York 8.586 1.386
17 Chelmsford 8.381 0.053
18 Guildford 8.091 1.097
19 Newcastle 8.053 0.422
20 Woking 7.963 1.674

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Estimates of station usage". Office of Rail and Road. 2015-12-15. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  2. ^ "Estimates of Station Usage 2011/12" (PDF). Office of Rail Regulation. 2013-04-04. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 

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