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 2020–21.[1] The data count entries and exits at any station. 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 tickets sold for National Rail services are included; some stations may also be served by underground metro or urban light rail networks. Stations serving solely the London Underground, light rail, special tours or heritage railways are therefore excluded. Only stations with annual ridership above 2 million passengers are shown.

Rank Railway Station Annual entries/exits

(millions)

2021–22[3]

Annual entries/exits

(millions)

2020–21

Annual interchanges

(millions)

2020-21

Location Main Services Number of platforms Interchange systems Image
5 Stratford 28.182 13.985 1.746 London Great Eastern Main Line
Lea Valley Lines
9 (4 and 7 disused, 3A, 4A, 4B, and 10A exist) London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, London Overground, Elizabeth line 2012 Olympic Park viewed over Stratford Station from the roof of The Stratford Centre - geograph.org.uk - 1128399.jpg
2 London Victoria 36.776 13.791 1.385 London Brighton Main Line
Chatham Main Line
19 London Underground London Victoria Station.jpg
3 London Bridge 33.309 13.764 2.361 London South Eastern Main Line
Brighton Main Line
Thameslink
15 London Underground London January 5 2018 (47) London Bridge Station (38813334494).jpg
1 London Waterloo 41.426 12.215 1.375 London South West Main Line
West of England Main Line
24 (Platforms 25 and 26 are part of the Underground) London Underground Waterloo-Station-2013.JPG
4 London Liverpool Street 32.165 11.212 1.131 London Great Eastern Main Line
West Anglia Main Line
18 London Underground, London Overground, Elizabeth line Liverpool Street Station Concourse, London, UK - Diliff.jpg
13 Highbury and Islington 17.816 8.661 1.116 London North London Line
East London Line
Northern City Line
8 London Underground, London Overground HighburyIslington North London Line look east June 2010.jpg
14 Clapham Junction 17.397 8.371 6.824 London South West Main Line
West of England Main Line
Brighton Main Line
17 London Overground Clapham Junction Railway Station South Western Entrance.jpg
8 Birmingham New Street 22.682 7.351 1.024 Birmingham West Coast Main Line
Cross Country Route
13 West Midlands Metro 2015-09-23 New St East Entrance.jpg
21 Barking 11.232 6.743 0.263 London London, Tilbury and Southend line 9 London Underground Barkinglongview.jpg
17 East Croydon 14.504 6.695 0.972 London Brighton Main Line 6 Croydon Tramlink East Croydon station.jpg
7 London Euston 23.097 6.607 0.843 London West Coast Main Line 18 London Underground, London Overground Euston Station London - geograph.org.uk - 1309275.jpg
6 London Paddington 23.870 6.392 0.626 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, Elizabeth line Paddington Station rush hour.jpg
12 London St Pancras International 18.995 6.363 0.926 London Midland Main Line
Thameslink
Eurostar
South Eastern High Speed
15 London Underground St Pancras Railway Station 2012-06-23.jpg
11 Leeds 19.263 5.854 0.545 Leeds East Coast Main Line
Midland Main Line
Cross Country Route
18 Overview of Leeds City railway station 04.jpg
18 Canada Water 13.645 5.576 0.000 London East London Line 4 London Underground Canada Water Station, Southwark, London - geograph.org.uk - 1217193.jpg
15 London Charing Cross 15.733 5.373 0.092 London South Eastern Main Line 6 London Underground Charingcross-eye s.jpg
16 Glasgow Central 15.322 5.325 0.761 Glasgow West Coast Main Line 17 Glasgow Subway (close by) GlasgowCentral.jpg
10 Manchester Piccadilly 19.581 5.188 0.374 Manchester West Coast Main Line 14 Manchester Metrolink Piccadilly Station Manchester - geograph.org.uk - 692981.jpg
20 Vauxhall 11.651 4.987 0.000 London South West Main Line 8 London Underground Vauxhall mainline stn north building.JPG
9 London King's Cross 20.476 4.668 0.430 London East Coast Main Line 11 (Starts at 0) London Underground KingsCrossOutside.JPG
25 Wimbledon 9.952 4.433 0.303 London South West Main Line 10 (10a and 10b are Croydon Tramlink) London Underground, Croydon Tramlink Wimbledon station main building.JPG
22 Brighton 11.228 4.149 0.367 Brighton Brighton Main Line
West Coastway Line

East Coastway Line

8
26 Whitechapel 9.273 4.142 0.000 London London Overground 4 London Underground Whitechapel stn entrance.JPG
37 West Ham 7.450 4.012 0.003 London London, Tilbury and Southend line 8 London Underground,

Docklands Light Railway

West Ham stn entrance closeup.JPG
23 Liverpool Central 10.747 3.606 0.172 Liverpool Merseyrail services (Wirral and Northern lines) 3 Merseyrail Class 507s, Liverpool Central railway station (geograph 3787001).jpg
24 Liverpool Lime Street 10.464 3.511 0.418 Liverpool West Coast Main Line
Liverpool to Manchester Lines
10 Merseyrail Wirral line Lime Street Station Liverpool (6730056063).jpg
30 London Fenchurch Street 7.795 3.200 0.396 London London, Tilbury & Southend Line 4 Fenchurch Street station (6553644825).jpg
41 Romford 6.287 3.133 0.223 London Great Eastern Main Line
Romford to Upminster Line
Shenfield Metro
5 London Overground Class 321 429 arriving at Romford.jpg
27 Reading 8.818 2.963 0.680 Reading Great Western Main Line 15 Elizabeth line Reading railway station MMB 01.jpg
19 Edinburgh Waverley 13.617 2.958 0.203 Edinburgh East Coast Main Line
West Coast Main Line
20 Edinburgh Trams Edinburgh Waverley station viewed from Edinburgh Castle 2005-06-17 02.jpg
47 Willesden Junction 5.357 2.796 0.855 London North London Line
West London Line
Watford DC Line
5 London Underground, London Overground Willesden Junction ('New') Station geograph-4071406-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
40 Richmond 6.423 2.699 0.329 London London Overground 7 London Underground Richmond station 20180422 105846 (49433657212).jpg
36 London Cannon Street 7.023 2.684 0.129 London South Eastern Main Line 7 London Underground Cannon Street station new building.JPG
42 Tottenham Hale 6.096 2.652 0.178 London West Anglia Main Line 3 London Underground Tottenham Hale Station geograph-4042951-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
38 Farringdon 6.865 2.643 0.118 London Thameslink 2 London Underground Farringdon station new building open 2012.JPG
48 Lewisham 5.248 2.555 0.564 London Mid-Kent Line 6 Docklands Light Railway Lewisham station MMB 08.jpg
57 Ilford 4.754 2.536 0.010 London Shenfield Metro 4 operational; 1 disused Ilford station Ilford Hill entrance 2021 04.jpg
46 Seven Sisters 5.400 2.359 0.005 London Lea Valley Lines
West Anglia Main Line
5 London Underground, London Overground Seven Sisters ground level entrance.JPG
34 Sheffield 7.205 1.907 10.095 Sheffield Midland Main Line 9 train

2 tram

Sheffield Supertram
Sheffield Station 2022.jpg
37 Cambridge 6.952 2.301 0.123 Cambridge West Anglia Main Line 8 Cambridge railway station frontage, England - DSCF2235.JPG
28 Glasgow Queen Street 8.467 2.299 0.267 Glasgow Glasgow to Edinburgh 9 Glasgow Subway (close by) Glasgow Queen Street Station.jpg
29 York 8.091 1.836 10.089 York East Coast Main Line 11 York Station - 49248577668.jpg
52 Shepherd's Bush 5.009 2.272 0.004 London West London Line 2 London Underground (close by), London Overground Shepherd's Bush Overground stn entrance.JPG
35 Newcastle 7.040 8.815 1.555 Newcastle East Coast Main Line 12 Tyne & Wear Metro Newcastle station terminating trains.JPG
50 Waterloo East 5.109 2.194 0.255 London South Eastern Main Line
North Kent Line
4 London Underground (close by) Waterlooeast.jpg
44 Gatwick Airport 5.919 1.686 21.051 Crawley Brighton Main Line 7 Unit 387205 at Gatwick Airport.jpg
43 Blackfriars 5.982 2.100 0.581 London Thameslink 4 London Underground Blackfriars tube stn and Thameslink northern entrance 2012.JPG
56 Ealing Broadway 4.768 2.066 0.007 London Great Western Main Line 9 London Underground Ealing Broadway station (1).jpg
45 Manchester Victoria 5.820 1.542 9.571 Manchester Brighton Main Line
Crystal Palace line
West London Route
6 Manchester Metrolink Manchester Victoria station 19-10-2009 12-11-47kopie.jpg
31 London Marylebone 7.488 2.035 0.111 London Chiltern Main Line 6 London Underground Marylebone station frontage - DSCF0473.JPG
39 Bristol Temple Meads 6.628 2.033 0.277 Bristol South Wales Main Line
Cross Country Route
Wessex Main Line
13 Bristol Temple Meads station (6466232797).jpg
32 Cardiff Central 7.463 1.975 12.671 Cardiff South Wales Main Line 8 Cardiff Central railway station MMB 25 150217 153362.jpg
47 Willesden Junction 5.357 2.756 6.019 London North London lineWest London lineWatford DC line 5 London Underground Willesden Junction ('New') Station geograph-4071406-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
49 Nottingham 5.202 1.417 7.865 Nottingham Midland Main Line 7 Nottingham Express Transit Nottingham railway station 2015 2.jpg
51 Oxford 5.013 1.575 8.702 Oxford Cotswold LineLondon Marylebone - Oxford Line 4 Entrance to Oxford Railway Station - geograph.org.uk - 2874238.jpg
53 Surbiton 4.987 1.945 8.794 London South West Main Line 4 Surbiton station cf.jpg
54 Shoreditch High Street 4.843 1.403 9.054 London East London Line 2 Shoreditch High Street station - geograph.org.uk - 2243202.jpg
55 Moorfields 4.808 1.613 7.361 Liverpool Northern LineWirral Line 3 Merseyrail Class 507, 507033, Moorfields railway station (geograph 4020388).jpg
58 Coventry 4.636 1.747 7.877 Coventry West Coast Main LineCross Country Network 4 Coventry railway station MMB 22.jpg
60 Bromley South 4.600 2.025 0.246 London Chatham Main Line
Maidstone East Line
Bromley South Line
Catford Loop Line
4 Bromley South station - geograph.org.uk - 937533.jpg
59 Finsbury Park 4.599 2.014 0.669 London Northern City Line
Thameslink
8 London Underground Finsbury Park station MMB 21.jpg

Below this, station usage was as follows, per 2020-21 ridership data:

  • 90 had reported between 1–2 million passengers
  • 171 had reported between 500,001–1 million passengers
  • 333 had reported between 200,001–500,000 passengers
  • 298 had reported between 100,001–200,000 passengers
  • 360 had reported between 50,001–100,000 passengers
  • 713 had reported between 10,001–50,000 passengers
  • 371 had reported between 1,001–10,000 passengers
  • 120 had reported between 101–1,000 passengers
  • 59 stations reported fewer than 100 passengers.

London terminal[edit]

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

Rank Station Annual entries/exits
(millions)
2020–21
Annual interchanges
(millions)
2020–21
1 Victoria 13.791 1.385
2 London Bridge 13.764 2.361
3 Waterloo 12.215 1.375
3 Liverpool Street 11.212 1.131
4 Euston 6.607 0.843
5 Paddington 6.392 0.626
6 St Pancras 6.363 0.926
7 Charing Cross 5.373 0.092
8 Vauxhall 4.987 0.000
9 King's Cross 4.668 0.430
10 Fenchurch Street 3.200 0.396
11 Cannon Street 2.684 0.129
12 Farringdon 2.643 0.118
13 Old Street 2.231 0.000
14 Waterloo East 2.194 0.255
15 Blackfriars 2.100 0.581
16 Marylebone 2.035 0.111
17 Moorgate 1.935 0.232
18 City Thameslink 0.974 0.000
19 Elephant & Castle 0.667 0.049

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)
2020–21
Annual interchanges
(millions)
2020–21
1 Stratford 13.985 1.746
2 Highbury & Islington 8.661 1.116
3 Clapham Junction 8.371 6.824
4 Barking 6.743 0.263
5 East Croydon 6.695 0.972
6 Canada Water 5.576 0.000
7 Wimbledon 4.433 0.303
8 Whitechapel 4.142 0.000
9 West Ham 4.012 0.003
10 Romford 3.133 0.223
11 Willesden Junction 2.796 0.855
12 Richmond 2.699 0.329
13 Tottenham Hale 2.652 0.178
14 Lewisham 2.555 0.564
15 Ilford 2.536 0.010
16 Seven Sisters 2.359 0.005
17 Denmark Hill 2.343 0.182
18 Shepherd's Bush 2.272 0.004
19 Dalston Kingsland 2.130 0.000
20 Ealing Broadway 2.066 0.007

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)
2020–21
Annual interchanges
(millions)
2020–21
1 Birmingham New Street 7.351 1.024
2 Leeds 5.854 0.545
3 Glasgow Central 5.325 0.761
4 Manchester Piccadilly 5.188 0.374
5 Brighton 4.149 0.367
6 Liverpool Central 3.606 0.172
7 Liverpool Lime Street 3.511 0.418
8 Reading 2.963 0.680
9 Edinburgh Waverley 2.958 0.203
10 Cambridge 2.301 0.123
11 Glasgow Queen Street 2.299 0.267
12 Bristol Temple Meads 2.033 0.277
13 Cardiff Central 1.975 0.240
14 Sheffield 1.907 0.179
15 York 1.837 0.116
16 Coventry 1.747 0.133
17 Chelmsford 1.717 0.011
18 Gatwick Airport 1.686 0.319
19 Watford Junction 1.680 0.091
20 Moorfields 1.613 0.335

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Estimates of station usage". Office of Rail and Road data portal. Office of Rail and Road. Retrieved 13 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Station usage quality and methodology report" (PDF). Office of Rail and Road data portal. Office of Rail and Road. 25 November 2021. Retrieved 13 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Estimates of station usage | ORR Data Portal". dataportal.orr.gov.uk. Retrieved 25 November 2022.

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