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Passenger numbers decline at Britain's busiest stations


Passenger dip ‘a blip’ as recession hits rail travel

Passenger numbers declined at Britain’s busiest stations in 2009-10 as the recession kept people off the railways, new figures revealed yesterday.

 Passenger numbers declined at Britain’s busiest stations in 2009-10

London Waterloo remained the busiest station, with 86.4million passengers between April 2009 and March 2010, but it saw a two per cent drop in usage.

The biggest fall in passengers was at London Liverpool Street, where numbers dropped six per cent from above 55million to 51.6million.

However, rail expert Christian Wolmar told Metro the fall in passenger numbers was likely to be a blip, with latest figures already showing strong growth on the rail network nationwide last year. There was a 6.9 per cent rise in rail passengers in 2010 to reach a record in any peacetime year since the 1920s, figures from the Association of Train Operating Companies showed last month.

Mr Wolmar added: ‘The strong growth seems to have been partly because there was a 15 per cent increase in fuel costs for motorists last year and there was also a low fare increase in January 2010.’

Passengers this year were hit by a much higher six per cent fare increase which could dent passenger growth, he added. The only station in the top ten which was significantly busier on the preceding year was London Euston, which saw a nine per cent rise in passengers to just above 30million.

This was partly due to improved London Overground services.

For stations outside the top ten, there were ten per cent increases in numbers at Edinburgh, which rose to 19.3million; at Glasgow Queen Street, which reached 19.2million; and Gatwick Airport, which saw 12.8million passengers.

London termini occupied eight of the top ten places in the table.

Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/news/855229-passenger-dip-a-blip-as-recession-hits-rail-travel#ixzz1DdSNzkgD
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