Cardiff Central most heavily used station in Wales
15 December 2015
Cardiff Central remains the most-used station in Wales, clocking over 11 million passenger entries and exits last year – an increase of almost 200,000 (or 2%) compared to 2013-14, reveals data published today by the Office of Rail and Road.
ORR’s estimates of station usage in Wales between April 2014 and March 2015 show that the total number of passenger entries and exits at stations across Wales increased by over 660,000 between 2013-14 and 2014-15 – a rise of 1%. The data also shows that Cardiff Central is the most used station for interchanges in 2014-15, with over 1.7m passengers.
Top 5 most used stations in Wales based on estimated entries and exits for 2014-15.
|Station||2014-15 entries & exits||2013-14 entries & exits||% change||GB rank 2014-15||GB rank 2013-14|
|Cardiff Queen Street||2,523,314||2,462,700||2%||221||198|
To view the full Estimates of Station Usage dataset and accompanying report, see https://orr.gov.uk/statistics/published-stats/station-usage-estimates
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Notes to editors
- ORR is the independent safety and economic regulator for Great Britain's railways. Follow ORR on Twitter @railregulation.
- The Estimates of Station Usage statistics consist of the total numbers of people:
- Travelling from or to the station (entries and exits); and
- Interchanging at the station (interchanges)
- Additional information includes geographical location, ticket type and changes from the previous year.
- Figures are based on ticket sales data recorded in rail industry systems.
- There are a number of limitations of the Estimates of Station Usage:
- Certain train operators, primarily Eurostar and Heathrow Express, are not included in rail industry systems. Therefore, travel using these operators’ tickets is not included in the estimates of station usage.
- A number of improvements to the methodology have been implemented over recent years. These changes should be taken into account when considering changes in usage between years, as it may be a result of improved methodology, rather than reflecting an actual change in demand at the station.
- More information about the impact of these limitations can be found in the Methodological Report on the ORR website.
- The figures are presented in alphabetical order according to station name but can be reordered by a variety of categories – e.g. number of passenger entries and exits, country or region, county or unitary authority. Guidance notes on how to filter the data are available within the Excel spreadsheet.
- Top 10 most used stations in England, Scotland and Wales based on estimated entries and exits for 2014-15:
|Station||2014-15 entries & exits||2013-14 entries & exits||% change||GB rank 2013-14|
|Birmingham New Street||35,312,788||34,748,984||1.6%||8|