Waterloo reclaims title of Britain’s busiest railway station

Waterloo reclaims title of Britain’s busiest railway station

London Waterloo has regained its status as Britain’s most frequently used railway station.

The Office of Rail and Road said the station was used by an estimated 41.4 million passengers in the 12 months to the end of March.

Today we reveal the stations with the most entries and exits in Great Britain. @LondonWaterloo reclaims the top spot with 41.4 million from April 2021 to March 2022.

Watch the video for the top 10 locations in our #StationUsage statistics 🚉📊

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— ORR (@railandroad) November 24, 2022

The total is up from 12.2 million during the previous year, but was below half the estimate of 86.9 million in 2019/20.

London Waterloo was Britain’s busiest station for 16 years until it slipped to number four in 2020/21 as passenger numbers plummeted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In Scotland, Glasgow Central remained the most used station, with 15.3 million passengers, up from 5.3 million last year but down from 32.5 million two years ago.

Although they have changed order, the 5 most used stations from the previous year remain in the top 5 for April 2021 to March 2022.

Stratford is down from first to fifth place.

Outside London, Birmingham New Street was the most used station.

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— ORR (@railandroad) November 24, 2022

Cardiff Central kept its status as the busiest station in Wales, with 7.5 million entries and exits.

That was more than three times as many as the two million in 2020/21, but remained down from the 12.7 million in 2019/20.

The Great Britain station usage data shows there were 6 open stations with fewer than 100 entries and exits.

Elton and Orston in Nottinghamshire had the fewest, with just 40 🚉📊

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— ORR (@railandroad) November 24, 2022

ORR director of planning and performance Feras Alshaker said: “It is heartening to see passengers return to traveling by rail following what was a difficult period for the industry during the pandemic.

“There’s still some way to go in order for station usage figures to return to pre-pandemic levels.

“Once again, it is important to thank all those in the rail industry, who continue to work hard to help people travel safely and with confidence.”

General view of the platforms and waiting shelter at Elton and Orston station
Elton and Orston was the least used station in Britain (Avalon/Construction Photography/Alamy Stock Photo/PA)

The least used railway station in 2021/22 was Elton and Orston in rural Nottinghamshire, with 40 recorded entries and exits.

It is served by two East Midlands Railway trains per day between Mondays and Saturdays.

The first departs at 7.04am towards Nottingham, while the second leaves for Skegness at 5.11pm.

No trains call at the station on Sundays.

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There are no ticket-buying facilities, toilets or waiting room at Elton and Orston.

The ORR’s estimates of station usage are derived from the rail industry’s ticketing and revenue system Lennon, with some local ticketing data.

Adjustments are made to “make the estimates as accurate as possible,” the regulator said.

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The best things to do in Camden with kids & teens 

With its long-held reputation as one of the coolest places in London, thanks to its markets and musical links, a visit to Camden with kids and teens easily tops a lot of city break wishlists. contains affiliate…

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Virgin Atlantic boss says Heathrow expansion will be ‘difficult’ to support

Virgin Atlantic boss says Heathrow expansion will be ‘difficult’ to support

The Heathrow expansion will be “difficult” to support unless regulation of the airport is overhauled, the boss of Virgin Atlantic has warned.

Chief executive Shai Weiss said the west London airport must be “priced fairly and open to competition”.

Heathrow is continuing to develop its plan to build a third runway, which was delayed by legal challenges and the coronavirus pandemic.

Virgin Atlantic boss Shai Weiss
Virgin Atlantic boss Shai Weiss said, ‘the regulatory framework and process is simply not working’ (Steve Parsons/PA)

In a speech at the Airlines 2022 conference in Westminster, Mr Weiss criticised the airport’s attempt to raise charges and its decision to limit capacity.

He told the audience that Heathrow’s request to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for permission to introduce a “120% price hike in per passenger charges” would have been “a bad deal for consumers, airlines and the UK economy”.

Mr Weiss said airlines “fought long and hard” to ensure the CAA does not allow that to happen and urged the Government to “pay closer attention to the abuse of power by a de facto monopolistic airport”.

In June, the CAA said its “final proposals” involve the cap on Heathrow’s average charge per passenger falling from £30.19 to £26.31 in 2026.

Mr Weiss also hit out at Heathrow imposing a cap on daily departing passengers in early July due to staff shortages, which caused flights to be cancelled.

He said the CAA must not allow Heathrow to “sleepwalk into another entirely avoidable period of disruption”.

He went on: “The regulatory framework and process is simply not working. It is broken and must be reformed.

“It must better balance the interests of airport shareholders with those of passengers and consumers.

“It must incentivise Heathrow’s owners to deliver an airport that is priced fairly and open to competition, focused on delivering a quality experience for airlines and their passengers, rather than excessive dividends for shareholders.

“Until that is achieved, it is difficult to see how expansion at Heathrow can be supported.”

A Heathrow spokesman said: “To deliver the airport service passengers expect, two things are needed: for our regulator to give us the ability to invest in the airport; and for all the operators at the airport to work together building back capacity.

“These are our focus right now. Our efforts are firmly directed towards the constructive engagement and collaboration with the regulator and with the airlines to deliver great service for passengers this Christmas and into next year.”

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The Fiver:  Five Things to Look Forward to in London this Christmas

The Fiver:  Five Things to Look Forward to in London this Christmas

Even though Thanksgiving has yet to happen here in the States, the Christmas season is upon us both at home and abroad.  In London, November is when the holiday really kicks into gear as the streets become lined with decorations, and many Christmas events help residents and visitors to get into the spirit of the season.  In our first real post-pandemic Christmas, you can expect many London holiday traditions to return like they weren’t able to for the past two years.  We’re going to share five things you can look forward to in London this Christmas below, and you can share some of your own favorite experiences with us in the comments.


It’s hard to imagine celebrating Christmas without Christmas light displays and, from commercial high streets to important landmarks, London lights up the city like nowhere else in the world.  Regent Street features large angels in their display this year while many twinkling stars great shoppers over Oxford Street.  Plenty of London’s neighborhoods get in on the action as well and every place with a light display has its own theme.  The best way to see most of the displays is with the Christmas Lights London by Night bus tour. 

Christmas at Kew

And speaking of lights, Kew Gardens puts on its own impressive show every year with Christmas at Kew.  Kew Gardens opens up its grounds to many winding trails of light, including a new “fire garden” for 2022.  Of course, lovely plants and brilliant lights aren’t the only things Kew has to offer during the holiday season and you can also expect to have a visit with Father Christmas and eat up many delicacies from the street food vendors.  You will need to make sure you buy tickets before setting out for the event, which you can do on Kew Gardens’ website. 


Pantos, or comedic (and sometimes raunchy) retellings of famous fairy tales around the holiday, are one of London’s great Christmas traditions.  This year includes some traditional tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk or Mother Goose along with more nontraditional pantos including Elf and Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol.  Any show you go see may have a celebrity or two in the cast, such as Clive Rowe as Mother Goose or Dawn French as the Dame in Jack and the Beanstalk.  Of course, for the over-18 crowd, you can attend the drag panto Sinderfella or something less crude like the Nutcracker. 

Christmas Markets

If you have trouble thinking of a last-minute gift and want to bring back something for your friends and family, London’s Christmas markets offer plenty of opportunities.  From unique hand-crafted gifts to decorations for your home, you can find items of all types along with some great holiday-themed food and drink.  There are plenty of great holiday markets to pick from in London, really anywhere there’s enough space to host one, but some of the best include the Christmas by the River near London Bridge, the Covent Garden market hosted under the shopping district’s Christmas lights, and the King’s Cross Christmas Markets. 

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

And now we go to the grandaddy of all Christmas events in London.  Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is a special experience that combines all of the events mentioned above (well, except Kew Gardens).  Winter Wonderland has its own Christmas Market, street food vendors, lights galore, and any number of rides and attractions that will keep you busy for hours.  You can also experience ice skating, the circus, and an entire village made out of ice.  No matter how you want to experience the holiday season in London, you can find it at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. 

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