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Highlands have 'least used' railway station – and it's in Ross-shire

By Tom Ramage

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Glasgow Central remains the busiest station in Scotland with almost 33 million passenger entries and exits in the last year, figures published today by the Office of Rail and Road reveal.

Edinburgh (23,087,646), Glasgow Queen Street (16,685,760), Paisley Gilmour Street (3,903,776) and Haymarket (2,980,386) stations made up the remainder of the top five most used stations in Scotland.

Glasgow Central Station
Glasgow Central Station

The least used station was in the Highlands, with Lochluichart recording only 198 entries and exits in the last year.

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

Glasgow Central ranked as the 11th most used station in Britain.

Waterloo station topped the chart for the 16th 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," said Jay Symonds, ORR's senior statistical analyst.

Britain’s least used station was Berney Arms in Norfolk which recorded 42 entries and exits during the year. Last year’s least used stations Denton and Stanlow & Thornton increased from 46 to 92 and 82 respectively. There were six stations across Great Britain with fewer than 100 entries and exits.

“Despite the dramatic decline in passenger numbers towards the end of March due to Covid-19, Glasgow Central remains the busiest station in Scotland.

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