Birmingham New Street station is now the fifth busiest in the country, according to passenger figures published last week (14/01).

Between 2018/19 the station handled 47.9 million passenger entries and exits – 3.5 million more than the previous year, a rise of 8%.

New Street is once again the only station outside of London to feature in this year’s top 10 busiest stations leapfrogging London Euston to take fifth place in the rankings. London Waterloo remained the busiest station in the country with 94.1 million entries and exits.

Birmingham New Street taken by Kyle Moore
Birmingham New Street, December 2019 – Image: Kyle Moore / Birmingham Updates

Dave Penney, managing director for Network Rail’s Central route, said: “More and more people choosing to travel by train in the West Midlands is great for the region and environment. It also reflects the changing face of Birmingham city centre, with new buildings and offices creating more jobs, boosting the regional economy.

“Recent performance levels have not been what passengers and we expect and we are committed to working with our industry partners to improve this. Our Putting Passengers First commitment means we will be focusing on New Street station to develop it for the needs and demands of the passengers who use it every day.”

Want to learn more about Birmingham New Street? Check out our history article here: www.birminghamupdates.com/the-history-of-birmingham-new-street-station