Rail passengers at Birmingham International grow to 7 million - The Solihull Observer

Rail passengers at Birmingham International grow to 7 million

Solihull Editorial 15th Jan, 2020   0

PASSENGER numbers at Birmingham International railway station have gone up for another year, according to figures released by the Office for Rail and Road.

The station for the NEC and the airport was used by 7 million passengers in 2018-19, with 152,000 passengers changing trains.

Numbers from 2018-19 mark the first year passenger numbers have reached 7 million, up from 6.7 million in 2017-18. Records show Birmingham International is the 73rd busiest station in the UK.

Solihull station had 2 million passengers over the same period, up from 1.9 million in 2017-18.

The borough council is currently consulting on improvements to make at the station as usage increases.

Sandeep Shingadia, director of development at Transport for West Midlands, said: “With rail passenger numbers set to increase, work needs to be undertaken at Solihull Station if it is going to keep up with growing capacity.

“Engaging with rail users, the very people who will be using this service is a really important first step. We are proud to be supporting Solihull Council with this scheme.”

Marston Green journeys increased to 876,000 from 768,000, while Earlswood on the Shakespeare Line only had 36,372, the least used in the borough.

London Waterloo was named Britain’s busiest station for the 16th year in a row, with 94.2 million passengers, and Birmingham New Street was the busiest in the West Midlands with 47.9 million passengers.

The Office for Rail and Road said the figures used ticket sales to calculate station entry and exits.

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