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 and Road, and are estimates based on ticket usage data use of an Origin Destination Matrix, a comprehensive matrix of rail flows between stations throughout Great Britain in the financial year of 2017–18.[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 the data covers mainland 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]

Only stations with annual riderships above 10 million passengers are shown.

Rank Railway Station Annual entries/exits
(millions)
2019-20
Annual interchanges
(millions)
2019-20
Location Main Services Number of platforms Interchange systems Image
1 London Waterloo 86.904 6.310 London South Western Main Line
West of England Main Line
24 (Platforms 25 and 26 are part of the Underground) London Underground Waterloo-Station-2013.JPG
2 London Victoria 73.559 5.756 London Brighton Main Line
Chatham Main Line
19 London Underground London Victoria Station.jpg
3 London Liverpool Street 65.985 4.351 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 63.095 10.678 London South Eastern Main Line
Brighton Main Line
Thameslink
15 London Underground London January 5 2018 (47) London Bridge Station (38813334494).jpg
5 Birmingham New Street 46.511 6.994 Birmingham West Coast Main Line
Cross Country Route
13 West Midlands Metro 2015-09-23 New St East Entrance.jpg
6 London Paddington 44.87 2.98 London Great Western Main Line
South Wales Main Line
Reading to Plymouth Line
13 (Platforms 15 and 16 are part of the Underground, platform 13 closed) London Underground, TfL Rail Paddington Station rush hour.jpg
7 London Euston 44.777 4.357 London West Coast Main Line 18 London Underground, London Overground Euston Station London - geograph.org.uk - 1309275.jpg
8 Stratford 41.912 4.882 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
9 London St Pancras International 36.040 4.777 London Midland Main Line
Thameslink
Eurostar
South Eastern High Speed
15 London Underground St Pancras Railway Station 2012-06-23.jpg
10 London King's Cross 32.532 2.412 London East Coast Main Line 11 (Starts at 0) London Underground KingsCrossOutside.JPG
11 Glasgow Central 32.465 - Glasgow West Coast Main Line 17 Glasgow Subway (close by) GlasgowCentral.jpg
12 Manchester Piccadilly 32.199 - Manchester West Coast Main Line 14 Manchester Metrolink Piccadilly Station Manchester - geograph.org.uk - 692981.jpg
13 Leeds 31.021 - Leeds East Coast Main Line
Midland Main Line
Cross Country Route
18 Overview of Leeds City railway station 04.jpg
14 Highbury and Islington 29.399 3.397 London North London Line
East London Line

Northern City Line

8 London Underground, London Overground HighburyIslington North London Line look east June 2010.jpg
15 London Charing Cross 28.344 0.833 London South Eastern Main Line 6 London Underground Charingcross-eye s.jpg
16 Clapham Junction 28.892 26.903 London South Western Main Line
West of England Main Line
Brighton Main Line
17 London Overground Clapham Junction Railway Station South Western Entrance.jpg
17 East Croydon 25.006 5.463 London Brighton Main Line 6 Croydon Tramlink East Croydon station.jpg
18 Edinburgh Waverley 23.088 1.792 Edinburgh East Coast Main Line
West Coast Main Line
20 Edinburgh Trams Edinburgh Waverley station viewed from Edinburgh Castle 2005-06-17 02.jpg
19 Canada Water 24.997 <0.001 London East London Line 4 London Underground Canada Water Station, Southwark, London - geograph.org.uk - 1217193.jpg
20 Gatwick Airport 21.051 1.527 Gatwick Airport Brighton Main Line
Gatwick Express
7 Gatwick Airport Station geograph-3884339-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
21 Vauxhall 19.997 - London South Western Main Line 8 London Underground Vauxhall mainline stn north building.JPG
22 London Cannon Street 18.513 - London South Eastern Main Line 7 London Underground Cannon Street station new building.JPG
23 London Fenchurch Street 17.717 - London London, Tilbury & Southend Line 4 Fenchurch Street station (6553644825).jpg
24 Brighton 17.356 1.660 Brighton Brighton Main Line
West Coastway Line
8 East Coastway Line
25 Wimbledon 17.282 1.076 London South Western Main Line 10 London Underground, Croydon Tramlink Wimbledon station main building.JPG
26 Reading 16.753 - Reading Great Western Main Line 15 Reading railway station MMB 01.jpg
27 Glasgow Queen Street 16.686 - Glasgow Glasgow to Edinburgh 9 Glasgow Subway (close by) Glasgow Queen Street Station.jpg
28 Farringdon 16.497 0.399 London Thameslink 2 London Underground Farringdon station new building open 2012.JPG
29 Liverpool Central 16.455 0.649 Liverpool Merseyrail services (Wirral and Northern lines) 3 Merseyrail Class 507s, Liverpool Central railway station (geograph 3787001).jpg
30 Liverpool Lime Street 16.022 1.190 Liverpool West Coast Main Line
Liverpool to Manchester Lines
10 Merseyrail Wirral line Lime Street Station Liverpool (6730056063).jpg
31 London Marylebone 15.796 0.853 London Chiltern Main Line 6 London Underground Marylebone station frontage - DSCF0473.JPG
32 Barking 13.831 0.627 London London, Tilbury and Southend line 9 London Underground Barkinglongview.jpg
33 Whitechapel 13.831 0.627 London London Overground 4 London Underground Whitechapel stn entrance.JPG
34 Blackfriars 12.993 2.932 London Thameslink 4 London Underground Blackfriars tube stn and Thameslink northern entrance 2012.JPG
35 Cardiff Central 12.671 2.033 Cardiff South Wales Main Line 8 Cardiff Central station (26526139271).jpg
36 Bristol Temple Meads 11.619 1.632 Bristol South Wales Main Line
Cross Country Route
Wessex Main Line
13 Bristol Temple Meads station (6466232797).jpg
37 Cambridge 11.600 0.627 Cambridge West Anglia Main Line 8 Cambridge railway station frontage, England - DSCF2235.JPG
38 Richmond 11.003 1.539 London London Overground 7 London Underground Richmond station 20180422 105846 (49433657212).jpg
39 West Ham 10.181 - London London, Tilbury and Southend line 8 London Underground West Ham stn entrance closeup.JPG
40 Sheffield 10.095 1.050 Sheffield Cross Country Route
Midland Main Line
9 Sheffield Supertram Sheffield Railway Station - geograph.org.uk - 505325.jpg
41 York 10.085 0.775 York Cross Country Route
East Coast Main Line
11 York station & Great Northern Hotel (6679871819).jpg
42 Waterloo East 10.075 0.863 London South Eastern main line
North Kent Line
4 London Underground (close by) Waterlooeast.jpg
43 Lewisham 10.005 2.564 London Mid-Kent Line 6 Docklands Light Railway Lewisham station MMB 08.jpg

Below this, station usage was as follows, per 2017-18 ridership data:

  • 55 stations had reported 5 to 10 million passengers.
  • 464 had reported passengers of 1–5 million
  • 328 had reported passengers of 500,001–1 million
  • 497 had reported passengers of 200,001–500,000
  • 337 had reported passengers of 100,001–200,000
  • 261 had reported passengers of 50,001–100,000
  • 332 had reported passengers of 10,001–50,000
  • 190 had reported passengers of 1,001–10,000
  • 49 had reported passengers of 101–1,000
  • Five stations: Stanlow & Thornton (92), Teesside Airport (74), Denton (70), Barry Links (52) and Redcar British Steel (40) had reported fewer than 100 passengers.

London terminal[edit]

This is a list of the 20 busiest stations in the "London terminals" station group.

Rank Station Annual entries/exits
(millions)
2017–18
Annual interchanges
(millions)
2017–18
1 Waterloo 94.345 5.859
2 Victoria 74.955 6.126
3 Liverpool Street 66.967 3.790
4 London Bridge 48.453 7.393
5 Euston 44.746 4.073
6 Paddington 36.578 2.704
7 St Pancras 34.622 4.393
8 King's Cross 33.905 4.687
9 Charing Cross 28.344 0.833
10 Cannon Street 22.446 0.290
11 Vauxhall 20.619 0
12 Fenchurch Street 18.399 0.888
13 Marylebone 16.693 0.697
14 Farringdon 12.618 0.168
15 Blackfriars 10.802 0.920
16 Moorgate 10.434 0.903
17 Waterloo East 9.931 0.827
18 City Thameslink 6.433 0.016
19 Kensington (Olympia) 4.049 0.004
20 Elephant & Castle 3.172 0.323

Other London stations[edit]

This is a list of the 20 busiest stations in Greater London, excluding those listed above under the London termini.

Rank Station Annual entries/exits
(millions)
2017–18
Annual interchanges
(millions)
2017–18
1 Stratford 40.077 4.556
2 Clapham Junction 29.444 26.904
3 Highbury & Islington 29.508 5.220
4 Canada Water 24.997 <0.001
5 East Croydon 23.634 6.755
6 Wimbledon 18.509 1.151
7 Whitechapel 14.442 0.000
8 Barking 13.473 0.701
9 Richmond 11.494 1.634
10 Lewisham 10.713 2.201
11 West Ham 10.553 0.012
12 Surbiton 9.137 0.698
13 Putney 8.799 0.000
14 Romford 8.703 0.732
15 Shoreditch High Street 8.586 0.613
16 Bromley South 8.551 1.050
17 Balham 8.463 0.393
18 Tottenham Hale 8.171 0.366
19 Seven Sisters 8.169 0.032
20 Shepherd's Bush 7.953 0.028

Stations outside London[edit]

This is a list of the 20 busiest stations in Great Britain outside London.

Rank Railway Station Annual entries/exits
(millions)
2017–18
Annual interchanges
(millions)
2017–18
1 Birmingham New Street 43.741 6.870
2 Glasgow Central 32.916 3.867
3 Leeds 31.108 3.107
4 Manchester Piccadilly 27.724 2.629
5 Edinburgh Waverley 23.334 1.605
6 Gatwick Airport 20.328 1.212
7 Reading 16.980 4.179
8 Brighton 16.929 1.596
9 Liverpool Central 16.466 0.321
10 Glasgow Queen Street 16.398 2.189
11 Liverpool Lime Street 16.032 1.925
12 Cardiff Central 12.952 1.948
13 Cambridge 11.530 0.551
14 Bristol Temple Meads 11.350 1.477
15 York 9.833 1.142
16 Sheffield 9.667 1.064
17 Stansted Airport 8.934 0.032
18 Newcastle 8.756 0.390
19 Chelmsford 8.619 0.057
20 Manchester Oxford Road 8.558 0.920

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Estimates of station usage". Office of Rail and Road. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Estimates of Station Usage 2017-18" (PDF). Office of Rail and Road. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 31 December 2018.

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