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Four stations in Wales had no passengers last year – .


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New figures show four stations in Wales were completely deserted last year.
The figures, from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), show how the pandemic affected train travel between April 2020 and March 2021.

The impact of the pandemic can be seen in ORR statistics with 51 railway stations in Wales recording less than 1,000 entries and exits in 2020-2021.

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Les stations galloises sans entrées ni sorties en 2021-2021 étaient Abererch (Gwynedd), Llanbedr (Gwynedd), Tygwyn (Gwynedd) et Sugar Loaf (Powys).

These stations all have generally low usage, but in 2020-2021, no passengers were served.

Llandanwg station in Harlech also experienced extremely low usage, with only two passenger entrances and exits in 2020-2021.

The other low-ranking stations in Wales were: Llanwrda at Llangranog, which had six passenger entrances and exits; Llanbister Road in Powys, which had eight entrances and exits; and Llangennech in Carmarthenshire, which had only ten. The ORR said that across the UK this is the lowest level of annual passengers since 1872.

Passenger levels are slowly returning to pre-pandemic levels
(Image : Matthieu Horwood)

Feras Alshaker, director of planning and performance at ORR, said there had been an increase in the number of deserted stations, but noted that “leisure travel” was returning to pre-pandemic levels.

Mr Alshaker said: “Throughout 2020-2021, railways remained an essential service for people who had to travel during a year that was affected by the pandemic.

“This year we have seen a lot of train stations with very little entry and exit of passengers.

“However, we do know that recent figures show that leisure travel has almost returned to pre-pandemic levels, while there has been a slower increase in commuting. “

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Unsurprisingly, Wales’ busiest station was central Cardiff, with just under 2 million entries and exits in 2020-21. However, that figure was down from 12.7 million in 2019, down 84%.

Newport, in South Wales, was second on the list with just over half a million visits (543,356).

Cardiff Queen Street (472,914), Swansea (468,824) and Bridgend (321,576) make up the rest of the top five. These rankings have not changed since 2019, despite the drop in the number of passengers.

In recent weeks, Wales stations have come under pressure, with Wales Rugby fans traveling from across the country to the capital.

London stations were still the most used in the whole country – but Waterloo has lost the top spot it has held for 17 years. Stratford currently holds the top spot with around 14 million entries and exits.

Scotland’s most used station was Glasgow Central, with 5.3 million entries and exits, up from 32.5 million in 2019.

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