Waterloo passengers reach 99m
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.
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.