Britain’s least used station was revealed as Berney Arms in Norfolk, which served just 42 passengers last year.
The station, a demand stop consisting of a short platform, nameplate and small wooden shelter, is 30 minutes along a single track line from Norwich to Great Yarmouth, and is named after a local pub that closed several years ago. Located in a protected marsh near the Yare River and some distance from the nearest main road, it is normally only accessible on foot.
Berney Arms reached last place in the rail regulator’s passenger rankings after losing 90% of its past patronage due to engineering work closures for 10 months of the 2019-20 fiscal year. He returned to action in February, weeks before the Covid-19 pandemic led to advice on avoiding public transport.
The least used common stations from the previous year, Denton in Greater Manchester and Stanlow and Thornton in Cheshire, experienced a passenger boom, with 92 and 82 respectively – the former doubling the figure of 46 in 2018 -19. have relinquished the title in part due to visits from enthusiasts looking for them, according to the Office of Rail and Road.
Six stations in total had fewer than 100 passengers over the year, ORR said. Many more could compete to join the under-100 club next year due to the effects of the pandemic, which cut the total number of UK rail passengers by more than 90% in the spring and left them hovering at around 30% of pre-Covid levels. .
Jay Symonds, ORR’s senior statistical analyst, said: “With numbers remaining at historically low levels in 2020, there is no doubt that next year’s numbers will be very different.”
At the other end of the scale, Britain’s busiest station remained London Waterloo, for the 16th year in a row, with nearly 87 million entries and exits – an 8% drop due to strikes 2019 as well as the early impact of the coronavirus. Birmingham was the busiest station outside of London, with 46.5 million passengers, followed by Glasgow Central with 32.5 million.