There are numerous train stations that serve the United Kingdom and connect different areas and cities to one another. Here are several of the busiest and quietest rail hubs in the country.
Shippea Hill Railway Station – Founded as Midenhall Road in 1845, this train link is the quietest in the United Kingdom as it provides transportation to an estimate of 20 passengers per year. The station serves the National Railway Network and is positioned on the Breckland Line. It is classified as a request stop, which means that passengers must specifically tell to the conductor or driver that they are going to descent at Shippea Hill. It also one of the few railway stations in the country that is closed on Sunday.
Birmingham New Street Railway Station – Located in Birmingham, this station is one of the busiest in the country and the busiest outside of London. It is the largest rail hub in the city and was established during the mid-19th century. From 2010 to 2015 it was the subject of a major redevelopment project which modernised and optimised the customer service. According to the latest number the station is used by over 35 million people on a yearly basis. It serves both the National Railway Network and the Midland Metro.
London Waterloo Station – Situated in the central parts of the English capital in the district of Lambeth, the London Waterloo Station is the busiest in the United Kingdom as it serves over 99 million passengers on an annual basis. It is managed by the National Rail Company and was opened in 1848 which makes it one of the oldest rail hubs in the city. From 1994 to 2007, the station was the London terminus of the Eurostar. It currently serves several lines of the National Railway Network and the following four lines of the London Underground.
- Bakerloo Line from Embankment to Lambeth North
- Jubilee Line from Westminster to Southwark
- Northern Line from Embankment to Kennington
- Waterloo & City Line which begins at the station and ends at Bank
The station also houses offices of Avis UK just in case travelers may need to rent a vehicles or delivery services.
Golf Street Railway Station – This small Scottish station serves only 86 people per year and is one of the least used rail links in the country. It was founded during the late 1940s and serves the National Railway Network. At one point in time in used to serve the Historic Dundee and Arbroath Railway Line. Unlike Shippea Hill it isn’t a request stop which means that trains stop at it on a frequent basis.
Liverpool Street Station – Also known as London Liverpool Street, this train station was opened to the public in 1874. It is ranked as the third busiest rail hub in the country with approximately 63 million passengers per year. It serves the London Underground and Overground, the National Railway Station, the Tramlink and the Dockland Light Railway Network. As just like with London Waterloo Station, Avis UK has based an office at the station just in case arriving travelers may require additional transportation services.
Breich Railway Station – Managed by the Abellio ScotRail Company, this rail hub serves less than 100 people per year. It was opened in 1869 and currently serves the Shotts Line that connects Fauldhouse to Addiewell. Despite being a small and quiet station it considered a local landmark as it has its own garden which displays different types of trees and shrubs.
Stratford Station – Stratford Station is a major multilevel train hub which was founded in 1839 and is one of the oldest railway stations in London. It currently serves an estimate of 30 people on an annual basis and is the 10th busiest station in the United Kingdom.