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Manchester Piccadilly busiest station last year in north west

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Manchester Piccadilly remained the busiest station in the north west last year with more than 32 million passenger entries and exits, figures published today by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) reveal.

Liverpool Central (16,454, 940), Liverpool Lime Street (16,021,914), Manchester Victoria (9,570,816) and Moorfields (7,361,420) stations made up the remainder of the top five most used stations across the north west of England.

Both of last year’s least used stations Denton (92) and Stanlow and Thornton (82) continue to hold the record as the least used station in the north west despite an increase in entries and exits compared to last year (46).

The numbers are revealed in ORR’s estimate of station usage statistics, which officially records the annual total of passenger entries and exits.

Manchester Piccadilly ranked as the 12th most used station and ranked higher than Leeds station.

Waterloo station topped the chart for the sixteenth consecutive year despite the decrease in numbers. The decline in usage across Great Britain can be partly attributed to the dramatic fall in passenger numbers towards the end March of this year following the impact of COVID-19.

Britain’s least used station was Berney Arms in Norfolk which recorded 42 entries and exits during the year. There were six stations across Great Britain with fewer than 100 entries and exits.

Around Great Britain, Glasgow Central (32.5 million) remained the busiest station in Scotland but saw 331,886 fewer passengers, followed by Edinburgh Waverley (23.1 million). In Wales, Cardiff Central recorded 12.7 million entries and exits, a decrease of 2.0% compared to last year.

Jay Symonds, ORR senior statistical analyst, said:

“Despite the dramatic decline in passenger numbers towards the end of March due to Covid-19, Manchester Piccadilly was the busiest station in the north west.

“Nationally, Waterloo remains top but we saw a change in the least used station with Berney Arms taking the spot from Denton and Stanlow and Thornton.

“With numbers staying at historically low levels during 2020, there is no doubt that next year’s figures will look a lot different.”

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