Liverpool Street station becomes Britain’s busiest as annual data released

Annual data out today on station usage across all stations in Britain showed that Liverpool Street station has topped Waterloo to become the most popular.

Passengers shot up with the advent of Elizabeth line services and general recovery from 30 million to 80.4 million passenger journeys.

Paddington station

Figures come from the Office of Rail and Road and show that another station served by the Elizabeth line – Paddington – is now up to number two pushing the former title holder Waterloo down into third.

The data is also somewhat out of date given it covers the year up to 31st March 2023 and thus excludes a period of full Elizabeth line running which opened on 17th May 2022.

The data is always worth a delve to see what stations are growing quicker than others and why that might be plus how new stations are performing.

Barking Riverside station

Barking Riverside, for example, opened 18th July 2022 and saw 461,000 entries and exits up to31st March 2023.

There’s now a handy search tool on the page which shows the most popular destination from each station.

Elizabeth line train at Abbey Wood station

For Abbey Wood, for example, it’s Tottenham Court Road.

Abbey Wood’s usage has also doubled compared to levels seen before covid as a result of the Elizabeth line. However that is still below actual totals as this makes clear:

Issues with passenger data

To see figures, click here.





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