How Yate station passenger numbers plunged during lockdown

December 29 2021
How Yate station passenger numbers plunged during lockdown

YATE railway station saw passenger numbers fall by 80% last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But the decline – from 341,800 entries and exits from the station in the year to March 2020 to 68,562 over the following 12 months – is proportionally lower than some other stations, including Bristol Temple Meads, where numbers were down by 83%, Bristol Parkway, the fall was 85%, and London Paddington, where it was 86%.

The numbers are revealed in the Office of Rail and Road’s estimates of station usage for all of the more than 2,500 stations in the country during 2020-21.

The ORR said the overall number of rail journeys in the year to March 2021, 388 million, was the lowest seen since at least 1872 and was down 78% compared to the previous year, when it was around 1.7 billion.

Temple Meads was still the busiest station in the region, with just over two million entries and exits by passengers.

Use of Filton Abbey Wood fell from 976,150 to 115,624 – down by 88%.

Paddington had just under 6.4 million entries and exits in the year to March 2021, down from almost 44.9 million in the previous 12 months.

For the first time in 17 years London Waterloo was not the most used station. Its 12.2 million entries and exits – down from 86.9 million the previous year - fell below London Stratford's 14 million.

ORR director of planning and performance Feras Alshaker said: "This year we have seen many railway stations with very few passenger entries and exits. However, we know that recent figures show leisure journeys are nearly back to pre-pandemic levels, while there has been a slower increase in commuter journeys."

Picture: Yate station platform 2 in 2019 by Geof Sheppard. Picture used under Creative Commons licence.