UK: Campaign for Better Transport has launched an interactive map that charts railway station usage since 1997 to reveal a massive growth in passenger numbers in many areas, but with huge regional disparities. The map shows 17 years’ worth of entrances and exits at more than 2,500 railway stations in England, Scotland and Wales. The map data also reveals an estimation of 2.75 billion entries and exits in 2014-15 that were recorded across the rail network, which is 1.45 billion more than what it was in 1997-98. It also adds, there are now 686 stations which attract over one million entries and exits each year. Also, the map has listed last year’s 85 stations that attracted over five million journeys that were just 22 back in 1997-98.
Whilst passenger growth has been huge in many areas, the map also reveals the growth has been very uneven. Many regional cities have also seen a huge increase in passengers with Leeds station experiencing 18 million more entries and exits than in 1997 and Birmingham New Street experiencing 25 million more.
Source: Better Transport