IT’S a long and lonely wait if you miss the train at Redcar British Steel.
Only 40 passengers got on or off there last year — making it Britain’s least used railway station.
Opened in 1978 to serve the huge Teesside steelworks, the North Yorkshire station was hit by the closure of the coke ovens and blast furnace three years ago, leading to a drop in demand for rail services. Just four Northern trains stop there each day between Monday and Saturday, two to Bishop Auckland and two to Saltburn. There are no trains on Sundays.
It has no ticket machines, no waiting room, no toilets and no step-free access. The nearby town featured in BBC documentary The Mighty Redcar.
The other three railway stations with fewer than 100 entries and exits in 2017/18, according to Office of Rail and Road figures, were Denton, Greater Manchester (70), Teesside Airport, County Durham (74), and Stanlow and Thornton, Cheshire (92). Many rarely used stations stay open because it is easier to arrange for a train to stop infrequently than obtain permissionfor closure. Rail enthusiasts often visit the least used station from the previous year to boost its numbers.
London Waterloo was the most used station with 94.4million passengers.