Revealed: The 10 busiest London Underground stations as Waterloo loses the top spot

 
Rebecca Smith
Waterloo was not the busiest London station last year

Waterloo is no longer the busiest London Underground station, after King's Cross St Pancras racked up more passengers last year.


New figures from Transport for London (TfL) reveal that King's Cross had nearly 98m station entries and exits over the course of 2017, toppling Waterloo from the number one spot. The latter reported 91.3m visits over the year.

However, the London Waterloo numbers will have been affected by significant upgrade work that went on at the station to boost capacity. In August, 10 platforms were shut for nearly a month for the £800m project to help up capacity. A partial train derailment at the station then meant platforms had to be shut for an extra day.

In 2016, Waterloo recorded 100m entries and exits to the station.

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Station Number of entries and exits (m)
1. King's Cross St Pancras 97.9m
2. Waterloo 91.3m
3. Oxford Circus 84.1m
4. Victoria 79.4m
5. London Bridge 69.1m
6. Liverpool Street 67.7m
7. Stratford 61.9m
8. Bank and Monument 61.8m
9. Canary Wharf 50.9m
10. Paddington 48.8m

King's Cross St Pancras is consistently ranked among the top busiest stations, serving as an interchange between six lines - the Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria.

Meanwhile, Oxford Circus reclaimed the third busiest station title from Victoria, with 84.1m entries and exits, up from 83.3m in 2016. Victoria's entries and exits had dipped from the year before total of 83.5m to 79.4m.

Tottenham Court Road has moved up the rankings - it is now the 12th busiest station, up from 15th in 2016. It leapfrogged Bond Street, Green Park and Piccadilly Circus.

Also in the top 20 were Brixton, Holborn, Finsbury Park, Leicester Square and South Kensington.

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