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How many people use your train station?

From more than 30 million people at Birmingham New Street to just 622 at Broome in Shropshire, every station is important to passengers who use them.

A West Midlands train.

Numbers travelling on our railways are considerably up, according to new figures produced by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).

The figures for April 2022 to March 2023 show a healthy rise in footfall entering or leaving stations.

That is hardly surprising considering the year before was still suffering from the hangover of the pandemic.

But today’s positive figures also come despite a torrid year in which there has been major industrial action that has seen the closure of the whole network as well as localised disputes and overtime bans. Punctuality has also been an issue, with Avanti West Midlands among those under the spotlight for time-keeping and cancelled services.

Birmingham New Street keeps its crown as the most used in the West Midlands at more than 30 million, up from 22.6 million in 2021-22. It boasts around seven million more passengers than Manchester Piccadilly, but does not make the UK top 10, which is exclusively London-centric.

Our graphic shows footfall between April 2022 - April 2023.