Shropshire's busiest train stations revealed as footfall plummets

Shrewsbury was the busiest railway station in the region in the past year but had one quarter of the footfall compared to normal, new figures show.

Shrews Jonathan Hipkiss 14/12/2014 Copyright Jonathan Hipkiss Photography/07974 329 823/....A new Virgin Train service has started today (14th December 2014) between Shrewsbury and London Euston...  GV of Shrewsbury train station.
Shrews Jonathan Hipkiss 14/12/2014 Copyright Jonathan Hipkiss Photography/07974 329 823/....A new Virgin Train service has started today (14th December 2014) between Shrewsbury and London Euston... GV of Shrewsbury train station.

Passengers numbers across the whole of UK plummeted because of the pandemic, a 78 per cent drop over the 12 month period.

Despite the pandemic there were still more than half a million entries and exits through the busiest station in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.

The Office of Rail and Road said 549,692 passengers passed through the entrance and exit gates to Shrewsbury Railway Station in the year to the end of March 2021.

That compared to 2,221,170 the previous year. The station is an interchange for trains serving the Midlands and Wales and the North West.

At Telford Central Station there were 205,242 passengers through the exit and entrance gates compared to 1,190,850 the previous year.

Figures for stations in the region for the year to March 2021 compared to the year to March 2020 include:

  • Shrewsbury: 549,692 compared to 2,221,170

  • Telford: 205,242 compared to 1,190,850

  • Wellington: 182,092 compared to 705,016

  • Oakengates: 19,735 compared to 68,862

  • Ludlow: 65,540 compared to 266,090

  • Church Stretton: 45,818 compared to 126,760:

  • Gobowen: 37,790 compared to 218,970

  • Wem: 24,242 compared to 102,186

  • Whitchurch: 23,424 compared to 144,724

  • Shifnal: 39,078 compared to 206,674

  • Cosford: 15,688 compared to 99,316

  • Yorton: 3,004 compared to 7,544

Across the Welsh border station figures were:

  • Welshpool: 33,782 compared to 165,724

  • Newtown: 22,420 compared to 151,570

  • Machynlleth: 17,030 compared to 121,068

  • Chirk: 14,788 compared to 78,030.

Birmingham New Street was the busiest station outside London, with 7.4 million passengers.

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