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 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]

Only the top 30 stations are shown.

List[edit]

Rank Railway Station Annual entries/exits
(millions)
2017–18
Annual interchanges
(millions)
2017–18
Location Main Services Number of platforms Interchange systems Image
1 London Waterloo 94.345 5.859 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 74.955 6.126 London Brighton Main Line
Chatham Main Line
19 London Underground London Victoria Station.jpg
3 London Liverpool Street 66.967 3.790 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 48.453 7.393 London South Eastern Main Line
Brighton Main Line
Thameslink
15 London Underground London January 5 2018 (47) London Bridge Station (38813334494).jpg
5 London Euston 44.746 4.073 London West Coast Main Line 18 London Underground, London Overground Euston Station London - geograph.org.uk - 1309275.jpg
6 Birmingham New Street 43.741 6.870 Birmingham West Coast Main Line
Cross Country Route
13 Midland Metro 2015-09-23 New St East Entrance.jpg
7 Stratford 40.077 4.556 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
8 London Paddington 36.578 2.704 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 Paddington Station rush hour.jpg
9 London St Pancras 34.622 4.393 London Midland Main Line
Thameslink
Eurostar
15 London Underground St Pancras Railway Station 2012-06-23.jpg
10 London King's Cross 33.905 4.687 London East Coast Main Line 12 (Starts at 0) London Underground KingsCrossOutside.JPG
11 Glasgow Central 32.916 3.867 Glasgow West Coast Main Line 17 Glasgow Subway (close by) GlasgowCentral.jpg
12 Leeds 31.108 3.107 Leeds East Coast Main Line
Midland Main Line
Cross Country Route
17 Overview of Leeds City railway station 04.jpg
13 Highbury and Islington 29.508 5.220 London North London Line
East London Line
8 London Underground, London Overground HighburyIslington North London Line look east June 2010.jpg
14 Clapham Junction 29.444 29.604 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 London Charing Cross 28.344 0.833 London South Eastern Main Line 6 London Underground Charingcross-eye s.jpg
16 Manchester Piccadilly 27.724 2.629 Manchester West Coast Main Line 14 Manchester Metrolink Piccadilly Station Manchester - geograph.org.uk - 692981.jpg
17 Canada Water 24.997 <0.001 London East London Line 4 London Underground Canada Water Station, Southwark, London - geograph.org.uk - 1217193.jpg
18 East Croydon 23.634 6.755 London Brighton Main Line 6 Croydon Tramlink East Croydon station.jpg
19 London Cannon Street 22.446 0.290 London South Eastern Main Line 7 London Underground Cannon Street station new building.JPG
20 Edinburgh Waverley 23.334 1.605 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 Vauxhall 20.619 0.000 London South Western Main Line 8 London Underground Vauxhall mainline stn north building.JPG
22 Gatwick Airport 20.328 1.212 Gatwick Airport Brighton Main Line
Gatwick Express
7 Gatwick Airport Station geograph-3884339-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
23 Wimbledon 18.509 1.151 London South Western Main Line 10 London Underground, Croydon Tramlink Wimbledon station main building.JPG
24 London Fenchurch Street 18.399 0.888 London London, Tilbury & Southend Line 4 Fenchurch Street station (6553644825).jpg
25 Reading 16.980 4.179 Reading Great Western Main Line 15 Reading railway station MMB 01.jpg
26 Brighton 16.929 1.596 Brighton Brighton Main Line
West Coastway Line
8 East Coastway Line
27 London Marylebone 16.693 0.697 London Chiltern Main Line 6 London Underground Marylebone station frontage - DSCF0473.JPG
28 Liverpool Central 16.466 0.321 Liverpool Merseyrail services (Wirral and Northern lines) 3 Merseyrail Class 507s, Liverpool Central railway station (geograph 3787001).jpg
29 Glasgow Queen Street 16.398 2.189 Glasgow Glasgow to Edinburgh 9 Glasgow Subway (close by) Glasgow Queen Street Station.jpg
30 Liverpool Lime Street 16.032 1.925 Liverpool West Coast Main Line
Liverpool to Manchester Lines
10 Merseyrail Wirral line Lime Street Station Liverpool (6730056063).jpg

Below this, station usage was as follows:

London termini[edit]

This is a list of the 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 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

Other stations in Great Britain[edit]

This is a list of the 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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