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London Stratford emerges as UK s busiest station

London Stratford emerges as UK s busiest station
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London s Stratford railway station was Britain s busiest in a year that recorded the lowest level of passenger journeys for almost 150 years.

The station recorded about 14 million entries and exits between in March 2020 and April 2021 as passenger usage fell 78% in Britain due to the pandemic.

Lockdowns and restrictions throughout the year meant more people worked from home and did not commute as much.

London Waterloo witnessed the biggest decrease in passenger usage.

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) said Waterloo had lost the title of Britain s busiest station for the first time in 17 years, with just 12.2 million entries and exits compared to 86.9 million the year before.

It said the pandemic had brought the lowest level of rail journeys across Britain since at least before 1872.

Feras Alshaker, director of planning and performance at the ORR, said there had been "radical change", particularly in London, in the stations people used the most.

He said recent figures suggested there had been a "slower increase in commuter journeys" compared to leisure trips, which had almost returned to pre-pandemic levels.
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