Cambridge remains one of the busiest train stations outside of London, despite a huge drop in passenger numbers due to the pandemic.
People used the station 2.3 million times in 2020/21 – the equivalent of more than 6,300 passengers a day.
It means Cambridge ranks as the tenth busiest rail station in Britain, outside of London.
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It continues to rank highly despite the number of entries and exits to the station falling by 80% compared to 2019/20, when 11.6 million passengers passed through the doors.
The drop does mean that the station has fallen in the rankings to become the 40th busiest in Britain overall, while it was the 37th busiest in 2019/20.
Meanwhile, Shippea Hill rail station in East Cambridgeshire was the quietest station in Cambridgeshire – and one of the least used in the country.
There were only 36 passengers who used the station last year, compared to 164 in 2019/20.
Most used train stations in Cambridgeshire
Least used stations in Cambridgeshire
Train usage across the country has been massively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, with rail passenger journeys decreasing significantly in 2020/21.
The number was down 78% on the previous year, and was the lowest level of annual passenger
usage since before these figures began in 1872.
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Where are the country’s busiest stations?
All of the busiest train stations were in London, although Waterloo – which has been the most used station for the last 16 years – fell from the top spot to number four in 2020/21.
The number of entries and exits to the station fell by 86%, from 86.9 million to 12.2 million.
Stratford station in Newham replaced it as the busiest rail station in Britain, despite the number of passengers falling from 41.9 million to 14.0 million.
Outside of London, the busiest train station was Birmingham New Street, with 7.4 million passengers passing through its doors – although that was down from 46.5 million.
Meanwhile, there were six stations in 2020/21 with no recorded entries and exits – Abererch in Gwynedd, Wales, Beasdale in Highland, Scotland, Llanbedr in Gwynedd, Wales, Sampford Courtenay in West Devon, Stanlow and Thornton in Cheshire West and Chester, and Sugar Loaf in Powys, Wales.
Services were temporarily suspended at the majority of these stations during the year due to the pandemic, and passenger numbers had already been low the year before.
The stations with an increase in passengers during the pandemic
However, some stations saw a boost in numbers. For example, Berney Arms in Norfolk had just 42 entries and exits in 2019/20, but last year the number increased more than eight times to 348 – the biggest increase of any station in Britain.
The Office of Rail and Road, who publish the figures, say this is because highlighting the least used stations within these statistics can encourage people to visit them.
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