Cardiff Central still most heavily used station in Wales

27 February 2014

Cardiff Central remains the most heavily used station in Wales clocking over 11.6 million passenger entries and exits last year – an increase of 130,146 (or 1.1%) compared to 2011-12, reveals latest data published today by the Office of Rail Regulation.

The data for station usage in Wales for April 2012 - March 2013 also shows that:

  • Cardiff Queen Street is second most heavily used station. It saw a slight rise in users of 6,318– a 0.3% increase over the year before.
  • Cardiff Bay Station was the biggest climber in the Welsh station usage top 10. It saw an increase of 75,744 entries and exits – a 9.5% jump over last year.
  • Bridgend saw a drop of 31,668 entries and exits – a 2% decrease on 2011-12.

Top 10 most used stations in Wales based on estimated entries and exits for 2012/13

Station

2012-13 entries & exits

2011-12 entries & exits

% change

GB rank 2012-13

GB rank 2011-12

Cardiff Central

           11,637,744

           11,507,598

1.1

31

31

Cardiff Queen Street

              2,495,238

              2,488,920

0.3

198

190

Newport (Gwent)

              2,250,258

              2,275,362

-1.1

223

212

Swansea

              2,162,128

              2,148,352

0.6

236

229

Bridgend

              1,547,098

              1,578,766

-2.0

340

323

Pontypridd

                 878,656

                 873,630

0.6

572

558

Cardiff Bay

                 869,126

                 793,382

9.5

574

597

Trefforest

                 834,386

                 911,766

-8.5

589

540

Neath

                 806,264

                 810,020

-0.5

606

588

Cathays

                 772,586

                 755,408

2.3

625

616

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

  1. ORR is the independent safety and economic regulator for Great Britain's railways. Follow ORR on Twitter @railregulation.
  2. The increase in numbers of entries and exits at Cardiff Bay may be due to the higher number of services operating through Cardiff Bay.
  3. Estimates of station usage statistics record the number of passengers travelling to and from each station (entries and exits) in England, Scotland and Wales. Figures are based on ticket sales data recorded in rail industry systems.
  4. There are limitations to the dataset, as the figures are estimates and do not represent exact numbers. There have been a number of methodological improvements to the data in 2012-13 and details of these can be found in the report that accompanies the release.
  5. 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 published alongside the Excel spreadsheet.

Top 10 most used stations in England, Scotland and Wales based on estimated entries and exits for 2012/13

Station

2012-13 entries & exits

2011-12 entries & exits

% change

GB rank 2012-13

GB rank 2011-12

Waterloo

           95,936,542

           94,127,282

1.9

1

1

Victoria

           77,346,676

           76,163,428

1.6

2

2

Liverpool Street

           58,448,814

           57,105,400

2.4

3

3

London Bridge

           53,351,116

           52,603,158

1.4

4

4

Charing Cross

           38,607,238

           38,113,546

1.3

5

5

Euston

           38,299,206

           36,520,544

4.9

6

6

Paddington

           34,143,220

           33,709,272

1.3

7

7

Birmingham New Street

           32,090,346

           31,235,638

2.7

8

8

King's Cross

           28,454,460

           27,840,484

2.2

9

9

Glasgow Central

           27,185,020

           26,610,016

2.2

10

10