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Denton and Stanlow & Thornton are tied for the least used status. Both are on 46.

Only 3 stations are below 100 this year (last year it was 5). But, there is the same number (54) below 1000.

The top 10 haven't changed position from last year.
 

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An increase of almost 70% at Deptford, from 1.058 million to 1.785 million. Anyone have any ideas?

Increase of around 60% at Carnoustie to 200,00, following the introduction of more services.

55% increase at Kirkstall Forge to 230,000, reflecting half-hourly service introduced in May 2018 and new station ramp-up

An increase of almost 70% at Deptford, from 1.058 million to 1.785 million. Anyone have any ideas?
St Johns (London) also got +47% to around 1 million, Greenwich +43% to 3.6 million, and Plumstead +41% to almost 1.6 million. Perhaps the end of the London Bridge rebuild and enhanced capacity at these stations has supported large growth?

Radyr +36.6% to 735,000.
 
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Southend Airport +31% to 611,000.

Duddeston +28% to 342,000

Gartcosh +26% to 186,000.

Glossop, +19.5% to 1.114 million - wow.

I wonder better revenue protection at Glossop is part of this. ORR access to better data on concessionary passes this time too.
 
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Glossop, +19.5% to 1.114 million - wow.
An anomaly I think. When you look at other commuter stations operated by Northern the figures are very poor - many in decline no doubt as a result of the May 2018 timetable fallout. Little surprise the franchise is in trouble financially.
 

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Looking generally across West Yorkshire the trend is downwards; less people at most stations with exceptions where services have improved e.g. Kirkstall Forge and Mytholmroyd.

Is the reduction down to Northern and TPE crappy services from the May 18 timetable changes? Personally I'd say yes; these two awful companies are managing to drive people off the rail network.
 
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Possibly the through trains via the Thameslink service to North of London and out into Kent? Better revenue protection?
London Bridge has a pretty impregnable barrier line in force even when ive been through in late evening. Also the other TLK stations have had a reasonable uptick in usage
 

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An increase of almost 70% at Deptford, from 1.058 million to 1.785 million. Anyone have any ideas?
Completion of LB work and restoration to pre 2014 service levels. Near doubling of passengers since 2010 though in places with no extra services compared to 2014. The whole Greenwich line seems to be seeing spectacular growth.
 

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St Johns (London) also got +47% to around 1 million, Greenwich +43% to 3.6 million, and Plumstead +41% to almost 1.6 million. Perhaps the end of the London Bridge rebuild and enhanced capacity at these stations has supported large growth?
There's not much more capacity than there was in 2014. Huge levels of new housing in the area
 

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Looking generally across West Yorkshire the trend is downwards; less people at most stations with exceptions where services have improved e.g. Kirkstall Forge and Mytholmroyd.

Is the reduction down to Northern and TPE crappy services from the May 18 timetable changes? Personally I'd say yes; these two awful companies are managing to drive people off the rail network.
There might be other factors too, the industrial action for one will have leaked into this period, and the increased number of TVMs at stations might have seen an uptake in MCard use too which might have been difficult to factor into the overall model. The sense I got commuting was that during the industrial action there was a noticeable reduction, but things seems busier again.
 
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Denton and Stanlow & Thornton are tied for the least used status. Both are on 46.

Only 3 stations are below 100 this year (last year it was 5). But, there is the same number (54) below 1000.

The top 10 haven't changed position from last year.
Top 10 havent changed but London Bridge is up 27% also Blackfriars (+12%), City TLK (+11%) and Farringdon (+20%) also responding presumably to the new Thameslink routes but Cannon St (-12%) is an oddity.
 
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Surprised to see an increase at Sheffield after the disasters at Northern
Also Piccadilly, Oxford Rd and Victoria up 9% and Manchester Airport +23% showing why its such an important destination for services before Castlefield sticking plaster committee decide to put in a reduced timetable
 

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Top 10 havent changed but London Bridge is up 27% also Blackfriars (+12%), City TLK (+11%) and Farringdon (+20%) also responding presumably to the new Thameslink routes but Cannon St (-12%) is an oddity.
Cannon Street - Presumably SE users swapping to TL and using Blackfriars, City Thameslink or Farringdon for a shorter walk? The Rainham via Greenwich TL service will also be part of this.
 

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Also Piccadilly, Oxford Rd and Victoria up 9% and Manchester Airport +23% showing why its such an important destination for services before Castlefield sticking plaster committee decide to put in a reduced timetable
Makes you wonder what the numbers would have been without all of the TPE and Northern cancellations...

Just shows you how much us Northerners put up with rubbish
 
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I love digging though datasets like this.

Redcar British Steel up 800%.

Cambridge North up 66%

Indeed that even made the news

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-51106246

Hundreds of people visiting Britain's least used railway station may have saved it from the title this year, according to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).

Redcar British Steel station saw 360 entries and exits during 2018-19, up from just 40 the year before.

Two railway stations in north-west England have inherited the title.

Stanlow and Thornton in Cheshire and Denton in Greater Manchester had 46 entries and exits each in 2018-19.

The ORR said Redcar British Steel "may have attracted visitors" because of being named the least used station in the 2017-18 rankings.

The station closed for good in December 2019 but the new figures only cover up to the end of March.
So it shut after an 800 percent increase in usage :rolleyes:
 
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I've noticed that there are no interchanges recorded at Montrose, but the new timetable introduced in December 18 meant that people in Aberdeenshire who previously had a direct train to Glasgow/Edinburgh now had to change at Montrose.

And despite the increase in the number of trains serving Montrose from then, theres been a 3.5% drop in numbers?

Meanwhile, I see Golf Street and Barry Links have both had impressive increases.
 

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An anomaly I think. When you look at other commuter stations operated by Northern the figures are very poor - many in decline no doubt as a result of the May 2018 timetable fallout. Little surprise the franchise is in trouble financially.
I've now been through the Methodology and it's possible it's related to the new data for concessions.
 

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Also Piccadilly, Oxford Rd and Victoria up 9% and Manchester Airport +23% showing why its such an important destination for services before Castlefield sticking plaster committee decide to put in a reduced timetable
I'm increasingly suspicious of the figures in major PTE areas, as they don't accurately reflect actual journeys if they are zonal or "rover" in some way, which they increasingly are.
They had to rework last year's West Midlands figures upwards for that reason.
The Merseyside figures are badly skewed with the long closures of Liverpool Lime St and its approach lines, and the north generally suffered from strikes and extended disruption.
But good to see Chester has passed the 5 million mark, much the biggest TfW usage after Cardiff.
 

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Im betting most of the Redcar British Steel users are members of this forum!
And/or followers of Geoff Marshall.

Yes it closed "after an 800% increase in usage" but, considering that you weren't actually able to leave the station, it wouldn't have been particularly useful usage. Everyone who used it probably did so just to tick it off the list.
 
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Less than 10 years ago Glasgow Central was above Birmingham New Street in ridership (albeit by a small amount).

Now New Street is sitting 5th with something like 15 million more entries and exits than Glasgow Central has (this despite GC ridership increasing by around 10m in the last decade!). What the hell has happened that has increased ridership nearly 100% in 10 years?!
 

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And/or followers of Geoff Marshall.

Yes it closed "after an 800% increase in usage" but, considering that you weren't actually able to leave the station, it wouldn't have been particularly useful usage. Everyone who used it probably did so just to tick it off the list.
IIRC it was the May 2018 timetable change that introduced the possibility of making a return journey to Redcar British Steel with a short wait rather than an awkward walk past the steelworks security and along the road to Redcar, making ticking it off that bit more accessible.
 

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Less than 10 years ago Glasgow Central was above Birmingham New Street in ridership (albeit by a small amount).

Now New Street is sitting 5th with something like 15 million more entries and exits than Glasgow Central has (this despite GC ridership increasing by around 10m in the last decade!). What the hell has happened that has increased ridership nearly 100% in 10 years?!
Maybe that the station itself is much better now and less folks avoid it? I can't think of many new services, 3tph Pendos were in place 10 years ago. At Birmingham NS, changes have been more operational i.e. delinking of Central trains and linking of LM/Virgin/XC ones - but no huge increases.
 

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Less than 10 years ago Glasgow Central was above Birmingham New Street in ridership (albeit by a small amount).

Now New Street is sitting 5th with something like 15 million more entries and exits than Glasgow Central has (this despite GC ridership increasing by around 10m in the last decade!). What the hell has happened that has increased ridership nearly 100% in 10 years?!
Ticket barriers in regular use at New St perhaps?
 

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Breich in West Lothian has seen a 235.3% increase in passenger numbers, and this was before the upgrade and improvement of services. Usage has jumped from 102 to 342, even though the station was closed for 12 weeks from the end of June, which is a great sign. Of course this is still a small number, and it's possible many of these visitors were enthusiasts, keen to visit a least-used station, but here's hoping that patronage increases further in the 2019-20 statistics. We'll know in December what impact the upgrade of services has made upon it's usage but I'm cautiously optimistic.
 

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