Published on : Saturday, December 2, 2017
Shippea Hill in Cambridgeshire was the least used station in 2015-2016 according to the Office for Rail and Road, but publicity of the figures led to its annual usage jumping from 12 to 156 passengers.
A spokesman at Anglican Railway said the railway station had gained a lot of toehold since being named in the ORR’s report last year. The station itself is unmanned and is a “request stop”, meaning passengers must make a special request to the driver to stop there if they want to disembark.
This year’s least used station was Barry Links, a remote town in Scotland where just 24 passengers used boarded or got off a train this year.The unstaffed station on the line between Dundee and Carnoustie is served by just one ScotRail train a day in each direction, Monday to Saturday. There are no ticket machines, toilets or CCTV system, but there are facilities for bicycle parking.
According to the local data London Waterloo was busiest station in Britain for the 14th consecutive year.
Some 99.4 million passengers used the station in the past year, up by more than 250,000 on 2015-2016.
In total it was estimated there were over 2.9 billion entries and exits at all rail stations in Britain in 2015-2016, an increase of 0.4 per cent on the previous year.