Passenger numbers on the right tracks

Alnmouth Railway Station
Alnmouth Railway Station

Nearly 18,000 more people used Alnmouth railway station last year, according to new statistics.

Figures from the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) estimate that 305,104 people entered and exited the Alnmouth for Alnwick station in 2014/15 compared with 287,194 in 2013/14.

This represents a leap of 6.24%, which is the largest percentage increase of the three East Coast Main Line stops in Northumberland.

Morpeth had 335,014 exits and entries in 2014/15 compared to 319,994 the previous year, up 15,020 journeys or 4.69%.

Berwick also experienced an increase, from 538,510 recorded visits compared with 528,658 the previous year, that’s up 9,852 or 1.86%.

London stations continue to be the most heavily used in Britain, with Waterloo topping the list with over 99million passenger entries and exits last year – an increase of 0.7million (1%) on 2013/14.

Birmingham New Street was the only venue outside the capital to make the top 10.

Glasgow Central is the most heavily used station in Scotland, clocking almost 29million passengers, ahead of Edinburgh Waverley with more than 21million.

Newcastle recorded just over eight million passenger entries and exits.