Waterloo station has lost its crown as Britain’s busiest railway station in what’s been dubbed ‘the Lizzie line effect’.
It’s been the nation’s most-used station for seventeen of the last eighteen years but was bumped off top spot by Liverpool Street, new figures show.
Experts are attributing the shift to the Elizabeth line which opened in May 2022 and runs through Liverpool Street.
Liverpool Street saw its passenger numbers more than double from around 32 million a year ago to over 80 million.
Waterloo Station, in contrast, attracted 57.8 million passengers over the last year.
The top ten stations in London, in order, were Liverpool Street, Paddington, Waterloo, London Bridge, Victoria, Stratford, St Pancras International, Farringdon, Euron and Kings Cross.
Howard Smith, Elizabeth line Director, said: “Liverpool Street, Paddington, Farringdon, Tottenham Court Road and Stratford all being in the top ten busiest stations in the UK, and four of the ten most popular journeys being on the Elizabeth line, shows the popularity of the railway and how it has offered new journey options in London and beyond, as well as a new direct route to Heathrow Airport.”
Earlier this week Mayor Sadiq Khan criticised London’s newest underground route saying delays and cancellations meant it had “not met the consistently high standards” expected by Londoners.