With the county being neighbours with London, lots of the capital’s staff stay in Hertfordshire due to the brief each day commute.
Stations in Broxbourne, Watford, St Albans and extra are amongst the most used in Herts with it taking some folks as little as 25 minutes to get into London throughout rush hour.
Although the previous 12 months could have been totally different as a consequence of numerous us working from house, the newest figures on train usages have been launched for 2019-2020. The Office for Rail and Road confirmed that these statistics cowl the interval earlier than and instantly following the authorities’s announcement of the first nationwide lockdown.
The analysis discovered that Park Street station in St Albans, Hertfordshire, recorded the lowest variety of passengers in the county in the 2019-20 12 months with simply over 21,000 folks utilizing it.
In whole, there have been 21,008 entries and exits all through the 12 months – a drop from the 22,074 recorded in the earlier 12 months.
That means round 404 folks used the station each week, or simply 58 a day.
Compare that to the most-used station in the county – Watford Junction – and the distinction is staggering. Watford’s busiest station noticed greater than 8.4 million customers in the identical 12 months, understanding at round 161,000 folks each week.
Park Street is predicated on the outskirts of the metropolis of St Albans.
It’s round 2.5 miles by highway from the metropolis and is simply south of the A405/A414, subsequent to different St Albans villages like Frogmore, Chiswell Green and How Wood.
The station is after St Albans Abbey on the St Albans Branch Line and was constructed in 1858. To no shock, it solely has one platform – which can reply for a few of these numbers.
(Image: Google Maps)
In the 2001 census, 6,781 lived in the village. There are two colleges – Park Street Church of England Primary School and How Wood Primary School, however no secondary colleges. The nearest one is Marlborough School in St Albans.
Although St Albans itself has one in every of the busiest stations in the county – St Albans City with over 7.3 million entries and exits in the 12 months – the borough is house to the three of the county’s quietest stations.
In 2019/20, Park Street, How Wood and Bricket Wood had been the three least-visited stations in Hertfordshire.
How Wood had 30,478 entries and exits in that 12 months whereas Bricket Wood had 31,022 – simply over 10,000 greater than Park Street.
Both nevertheless had been quieter in 2019/20 than the 12 months earlier than.
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The busiest UK station in the 12 months analysed was London Waterloo with 86.9 million entries and exits – the most-used for the final 16 years.
But Waterloo additionally noticed the greatest lower in passenger numbers as effectively – down 7.3 million entries and exits in comparison with 2018-19.
Jay Symonds, ORR senior statistical analyst, stated: “The dramatic drop in passenger numbers in direction of the finish of March as a consequence of Covid-19 explains a lot of the drop in utilization in comparison with final 12 months.
“Despite this, Waterloo stays high however we noticed a change in the least used station with Berney Arms taking the spot from Denton and Stanlow & Thornton.
“With numbers staying at traditionally low ranges throughout 2020, there isn’t any doubt that subsequent 12 months’s figures will look so much totally different.”