Water­loo pas­sen­gers reach 99m

Rail (UK) - - Front Page - Richard Clin­nick As­sis­tant Edi­tor richard.clin­nick@bauer­me­dia.co.uk @Clin­nick1

AL­MOST 100 mil­lion pas­sen­gers used Lon­don Water­loo in 201516, mak­ing it once again Bri­tain’s busi­est sta­tion. In con­trast, only 12 pas­sen­gers used Ship­pea Hill sta­tion - Bri­tain’s least used sta­tion.

The fig­ures were re­vealed by the Of­fice of Rail and Road (ORR) on De­cem­ber 6. The num­bers are the es­ti­mated fig­ures for en­tries and ex­its at sta­tions.

Becky Lum­lock, Wes­sex Route Manag­ing Di­rec­tor at Net­work Rail, said: “The new fig­ures re­leased to­day by the ORR demon­strate the ex­tra­or­di­nary growth in the num­ber of peo­ple us­ing the rail­way, and un­der­line the need for the na­tional Rail­way Up­grade Plan and the £800 mil­lion in­vest­ment in the Water­loo & South West Up­grade.

Method­ol­ogy

A sig­nif­i­cant change to the meth­ods used to es­ti­mate us­age across Lon­don sta­tions has been im­ple­mented for 2015-16, and should be taken into ac­count when mak­ing any com­par­isons to data from pre­vi­ous years.

As Bri­tain does not have a fully gated rail net­work, a com­plete record­ing of pas­sen­ger flows through sta­tions is not pos­si­ble. In the ab­sence of com­pre­hen­sive and ro­bust count data, ORR com­mis­sioned Steer Davies Gleave (SDG) to pro­duce these us­age es­ti­mates an­nu­ally.

Es­ti­mates of sta­tion us­age are based on the Ori­gin Desti­na­tion Ma­trix (ODM), which is a com­pre­hen­sive ma­trix of rail flows through­out Great Bri­tain. The ODM is de­rived from the MOIRA2.2 rail plan­ning tool, which it­self is de­rived from LEN­NON, the rail in­dus­try’s’ tick­et­ing and rev­enue sys­tem, with some vari­a­tions for spe­cific cir­cum­stances.

In­ter­changes at sta­tions have been es­ti­mated us­ing the Cen­tral Al­lo­ca­tions File. This con­tains route al­ter­na­tives for each ori­gin and desti­na­tion, and uses a model to es­ti­mate the pro­por­tion of pas­sen­gers us­ing each avail­able route. More de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about the meth­ods used to es­ti­mate sta­tion us­age can be found in the method­ol­ogy re­port.

“Pas­sen­ger num­bers are at their high­est level since the Vic­to­rian era and are con­tin­u­ing to grow, so it is vi­tal that we keep in­vest­ing and de­liver a bet­ter Wes­sex route.”

South West Trains Manag­ing Di­rec­tor Chris­tian Roth said: “The con­tin­ued rise in pas­sen­gers us­ing this rail­way, par­tic­u­larly at Lon­don Water­loo, shows just how im­por­tant it is to in­crease ca­pac­ity and im­prove the fa­cil­i­ties for pas­sen­gers as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

Within the top ten, the only new en­trant was Clapham Junc­tion, which re­placed Lon­don Char­ing Cross at num­ber ten.

The busi­est sta­tion out­side the cap­i­tal is Birm­ing­ham New Street, Bri­tain’s sev­enth busi­est with 39,077,018 en­tries and ex­its. Glasgow Cen­tral is Scot­land’s’ busi­est (30,000,582 en­tries and ex­its), while Cardiff Cen­tral is Wales’ busi­est (12,744,582).

Over­all, ORR said the fig­ures had risen 5% to 2.9 bil­lion en­tries and ex­its at sta­tions, while there were 222 mil­lion con­nec­tions made.

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