London’s top train stations getting busier

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LONDON’S biggest train station handled 8.4 per cent more passengers than a year ago in the last financial year, dominating the country’s rail network.

More than 1.15bn journeys started, ended, or remained in the capital in the financial year 2011-12, according to figures published by the Office of Rail Regulation yesterday.

The city makes up the lion’s share of the 2.47bn entries and exits recorded in the figures, which do not include journeys made solely on the Underground.

Britain's busiest train stations

Waterloo retained its title as the country’s busiest station, with more than 94m passengers either starting or ending journeys at the terminus in the year. The station sees more traffic than Heathrow, the busiest airport in Europe, which carried almost 70m people in 2012.

Of the 10 most-used stations in Britain, only two are outside the capital: Birmingham New Street, with 31.2m entries and exits a year, and Glasgow Central, with 26.6m.

Clapham Junction is the station with the most passengers changing trains, with 21.6m a year using it as an interchange, up five per cent on the previous year.

The expansion of the London Overground network and other route alterations means more passengers are changing trains in the station’s capital. Victoria, for example, saw its interchange traffic almost double to 9.16m a year.

The Association of Train Operating Companies recorded 1.44bn journeys in 2012, meaning the rail network is at its busiest since the 1920s.