The sleepy railway station that was only used 40 times in a year

The quiet train station that was only used 40 times in a year: Train stop in rural Midlands is the quietest in the country, figures show

  • There are no ticketing facilities, restrooms or waiting room at Elton and Orston.
  • Only 40 passenger entries and exits were registered at the station in 12 months
  • London Waterloo has regained the status of the most used station in Great Britain

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The least-used railway station in Britain saw just 40 journeys in a year.

There are no ticketing facilities, toilets or waiting rooms at Elton and Orston in rural Nottinghamshire.

Only 40 passenger arrivals and departures were recorded at the station in the 12 months to the end of March. It’s down 28 trips in two years, having logged 68 in 2019/2020, according to the Office of Highway and Rail (ORR).

The least-used railway station in Britain saw just 40 journeys in a year.  There are no ticketing facilities, toilets or waiting room at Elton and Orston in rural Nottinghamshire.

The least-used railway station in Britain saw just 40 journeys in a year. There are no ticketing facilities, toilets or waiting room at Elton and Orston in rural Nottinghamshire.

The station is served by two East Midlands Railway trains per day between Monday and Saturday.

The first leaves at 7:04 a.m. for Nottingham, while the second, in the opposite direction, leaves for Skegness at 5:11 p.m. There is no train stopover at Elton and Orston on Sundays.

London Waterloo has regained its status as Britain’s most used train station, after falling to number four during the pandemic.

ORR said there were an estimated 41.4 million passenger arrivals and departures at the station in 2021-2022. The total is up from 12.2 million a year earlier, but was below half the estimate of 86.9 million in 2019/20.

The station is served by two East Midlands Railway trains per day between Monday and Saturday.

The station is served by two East Midlands Railway trains per day between Monday and Saturday.

The station is served by two East Midlands Railway trains per day between Monday and Saturday.

In Scotland, Glasgow Central remained the busiest station, with 15.3 million passengers, up from 5.3 million last year but down from 32.5 million two years ago.

Cardiff Central maintained its status as the busiest station in Wales, with 7.5 million arrivals and departures.

That was more than triple the two million of 2020/21, but remained below the 12.7 million of 2019/20.

ORR director of planning and performance, Feras Alshaker, said: “It is encouraging to see passengers return to rail travel after what was a difficult period for the industry during the pandemic.”

‘There is still a long way to go before station usage figures return to pre-pandemic levels.

“Once again, it is important to thank all those in the rail industry who continue to work hard to help people travel safely and with confidence.”

ORR estimates of station usage are derived from the Lennon Rail Industry Ticketing and Revenue System, with some local ticketing data.

Adjustments are made to ‘make the estimates as accurate as possible’, the regulator said.

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