Where are the busiest train stations in Birmingham?

We looked at the latest government figures to reveal the five busiest train stations in Birmingham
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Office for Rail and Road data looks at the number of people entering and exiting every train station in the country, including the 34 stations for which data was collected in Birmingham.

Its figures  show Liverpool Street in London overtook Waterloo as the most-used station in Great Britain, which the ORR attributed to the opening of London's latest train service, the Elizabeth Line.

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Waterloo had been the busiest station in the country in all but one of the previous 18 years, but it even dropped to third in the year to March behind Paddington, also on the Elizabeth Line. But what about in Birmingham? Here were the most used stations in the year to March 2023.

The Top Five Stations

  1. Birmingham New Street - With 30.7 million entries and exits into the station in 2022-23, Birmingham New Street station topped the charts as the busiest train station in Birmingham.
  2. Birmingham Moor Street - This was followed by Birmingham Moor Street station, which saw people enter and exit 5.5 million times last year.
  3. Birmingham Snow Hill - In third was Birmingham Snow Hill – 2.7 million entries and exits were recorded there.
  4. University - Just behind on 2.6 million entries and exits was University.
  5. Selly Oak - And rounding out the top five was Selly Oak, with 2 million entries and exits.

The five busiest train stations in Birmingham unveiled in new dataThe five busiest train stations in Birmingham unveiled in new data
The five busiest train stations in Birmingham unveiled in new data

Elsewhere in Britain

Leeds and Manchester Piccadilly joined Birmingham New Street as the busiest stations outside London. Glasgow Central was the most used station in Scotland, and Cardiff Central topped the list in Wales.

The least used station that was open throughout the whole year was Denton in Greater Manchester, with 34 entries and exits. Teesside Airport station in Darlington recorded two entries and exits, but its once-a-week Sunday service was suspended in May 2022 after the platform was judged to be unsafe.

In total, there were 2.5 billion entries and exits across Great Britain in 2022-23, a significant increase from 1.8 billion the year before, but still below the 3 billion entries and exits in 2019-20, before the coronavirus pandemic.

What they said

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Michael Solomon Wiliams, campaigns manager of the Campaign for Better Transport, said: "It’s encouraging to see that station usage is on the rise, but to continue this upward trend and surpass pre-pandemic numbers, rail needs to be better value and more reliable. Instead of implementing another record-high increase, the Government should freeze rail fares as it has fuel duty and make green public transport cheaper".

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