Trivia: Constituencies with most/least stations

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  1. Gathursty

    Gathursty Established Member

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    With the General Election approaching, it has made me think of the relationship between constituencies and the railways in this light. As well as numbers, I wonder if there is a particularly critical constituency with regard to the future of railways for example, is it important which party the Crewe/Doncaster/Carstairs MP is or are decisions affecting such stations made out of the local MP's hands?

    I think Ross, Skye and Lochaber has 30 stations within it.
    Islington North has 6 and that is the smallest constituency apparently.

    Can you do any better?

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  2. WatcherZero

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    Im sure there is plenty of constituencies with no stations. For example Leigh has none, Atherton and Newton-Le-Willows are both a couple of hundred meters outside the borders while neighbouring Makerfield has four (Westhoughton, Bryn, Orrell and Pemberton on the boundary) and rural but large Lancashire West has 11 while similarly sized but more urban Ribble South only has three! Lancaster and Fleetwood only has two, Lancaster and Wennington.

    Turn on the Westminster Boundary layer and you can take a gander yourself.

    http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/opendata/viewer/index.html
     
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    Pembrokeshire has 7
     
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    Not quite what you were asking for, but I still find it quite surprising that there are only six railway stations in all of Northamptonshire.
     
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    I took a little bit of time to crunch the numbers for all 59 Scottish constituencies - hopefully I haven't double-counted any stations... There are 8 constituencies in Scotland with more than 10 stations:

    31: Ross, Skye and Lochaber
    21: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
    15: Argyll and Bute
    14: Inverclyde
    13: Glasgow Central; Glasgow South; West Dunbartonshire
    11: North Ayrshire and Arran

    There are also 8 constituencies in Scotland with no railway stations, namely:

    Aberdeen South; Banff and Buchan; Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk*; Edinburgh North and Leith; Edinburgh South; Midlothian*; Na h-Eileanan an Iar; Orkney and Shetland.

    Note that the two starred stations will gain 7 stations between them (3 for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, 4 for Midlothian) when the Borders Railway opens in September.

    Full list of Scottish constituencies available on request. I have no plans to do the same for England and Wales, but I will point out that Dwyfor Meirionnydd, in West Wales, has 25 stations (everything from Penhelig to Pwllheli).
     
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    What mainland constituencies don't have any (non-heritage/tourist/vanity) railways at all? Louth and Horncastle is one. Banff and Buchan is another. Are there any more?
     
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    Gosport.
     
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    Slightly unexpected if you haven't thought about. The top three are all sparsely populated with three lines (and the end of a fourth) between them, but those three have many small halts- the West Highland Line, the Kyle of Localsh Line and the Far North Line. Argyll & Bute also has the end of the North Clyde Line. Note that Argyll & Bute (Scottish parliament) has far less stations!
     
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    Richmondshire - 1 at Northallerton? Perhaps 2 if Great Ayton station falls within the boundary?
     
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    The Oldham borough has one station (Greenfield) and yet Oldham has two parliamentary constituencies, does that leave one of them with no stations at all?
     
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    Cornwall North = 0 - Bodmin Parkway is just outside constituency in Cornwall South East. It does include, however, stations on the heritage lines of Bodmin & Wenford Rly. and Launceston Steam Rly.
     
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    According to the excellent map WatcherZero linked to above it has four - Northallerton, Great Ayton, Battersby and Kildale. At the western extremity of the constituency the S&C also falls within its reaches, but Garsdale is about three or four miles south of its boundary.
     
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    Bloody hell - i lived within that constituency for years and didn't know it extended that far! I asusmed them to be in Redcar & Cleveland or Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland

    PS that is a great map - wish i had read the whole thread!
     
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    North East England almost certainly has the largest percentage of constituencies with no National Rail station - 6 out of 30, or 20%.

    Four have Metro stations but no National Rail:
    Tynemouth
    North Tyneside
    Newcastle upon Tyne North
    Washington & Sunderland West

    1 has the Weardale railway but no National Rail:
    North West Durham

    1 has no rail whatsoever:
    Houghton & Sunderland South

    South Shields is almost National Rail less but a sliver of the constituency reaches as far as Brockley Whins station's northern platform.
     
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    York Central and York Outer Have only 1 station in each.
     
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    Cleethorpes seat has ten stations.
     
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    Tunbridge Wells has 3 (TW, High Brooms, Paddock Wood) which must be low for South East England - although the total usage of these three is more than the total for Ross, Skye and Lochaber.

    1 in Sheffield Hallam. 0 in Sheffield Heeley although it has a few Supertram stops.

    Also interesting to note how the railway often forms a constituency boundary.

    Individual constituency maps available here: http://mapit.mysociety.org/areas/WMC.html
     
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    Every single constituency in Wales has at least one station in it. That's something I wouldn't have expected.
     
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    The largest of those being Brecon and Radnorshire.
     
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    I have got a 0, which i should have got sooner, my family seat of Houghton & Sunderland south.
    --- old post above --- --- new post below ---
    I guess because there is no one living there to be impacted. Imagine having a house straddle two constituencies!

    Part of the boundary between the two MK constituencies is the WCML just outside MKC
     
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    Coventry NW & Coventry NE both have 0 (Cov NE will have one once Coventry Arena opens)
     
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    Another with none is Oxford East - the station is just over the boundary in Oxford West & Abingdon
     
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    I don't think Newcastle-under-Lyme has any as Kidsgrove is in Stoke-on-Trent North.
     
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    Louth & Horncastle, in Lincolnshire, has zero
     
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    Dore and Totley on the boundary?
     
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    Looks like the platform is in Sheffield Hallam, and the Hallam/Heeley border runs between the two MML tracks.
     
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    North West Leicestershire (covering Coalville, Ashby-De-La-Zouch and East Midlands Airport) and Warwickshire's Kenilworth and Southam both have zero.
     
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    The breakdown for the Kent constituencies:

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    [B]Constituency		Stn	SqM	Pop	Stn/SqM	Pop/Stn[/B]
    Ashford			7	194	115020	0.04	16431.43
    Canterbury		8	99	111139	0.08	13892.38
    Chatham and Aylesford	5	24	98861	0.21	19772.2
    Dartford		7	34	104811	0.21	14973
    Dover			8	83	97918	0.10	12239.75
    Faversham and Mid Kent	7	150	93478	0.05	13354
    Folkestone and Hythe	4	170	113796	0.02	28449
    Gillingham and Rainham	2	16	99990	0.13	49995
    Gravesham		5	40	102764	0.13	20552.8
    Maidstone and The Weald	8	86	101403	0.09	12675.38
    North Thanet		5	55	94620	0.09	18924
    Rochester and Strood	4	82	107221	0.05	26805.25
    Sevenoaks		8	96	94720	0.08	11840
    Sittingbourne & Sheppey	7	109	109915	0.06	15702.14
    South Thanet		4	53	97148	0.08	24287
    Tonbridge and Malling	12	116	99867	0.10	8322.25
    Tunbridge Wells		4	95	105713	0.04	26428.25
    
    Greatest number of stations: Tonbridge and Malling
    Least number of stations: Gillingham and Rainham
    Most stations per square mile: Chatham and Aylesford
    Least stations per square mile: Folkestone and Hythe
    Most stations per person: Tonbridge and Malling
    Least stations per person: Gillingham and Rainham
     
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    Herefordshire North has only two that I can think of: Leominster and Ledbury.
     
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