Britains 100 Best Railway Stations by Simon JenkinsIt is the location of all our hopeful beginnings and intended ends; an institution with its own rituals and priests; and a long-neglected aspect of Britains architecture: the railway station.
Bestselling historian Simon Jenkins has travelled the length and breadth of the country to select this joyous celebration of our social history. With his usual insight and authority, he describes the history, geography, design and significance of each of these glories; explores their role in the national imagination; champions the engineers, architects and rival companies that made them possible; and tells the story behind the development, triumphs and follies of these very British creations.
From Waterloo to Whitby, St Pancras to Stirling, these are the marvellous, often undersung places that link our nation. All aboard!
Redcar British Steel - Least Used Station in Britain
Britain's most beautiful railway stations
These are external links and will open in a new window. Glasgow Queen Street has been named Britain's most unpopular railway station in a survey of passengers. Independent watchdog Transport Focus took the views of more than 28, people at 56 stations for its ranking. Transport Focus said the top priorities for passengers were arrival time information, waiting rooms and the overall look of the station when it carried out the survey between September and November last year. The stations passengers were least happy with between September and November - and their satisfaction rating:.
As well as being a much greener mode of transport, trains to London are often faster than driving or flying. London is the hub of the UK's rail network, with frequent services to all corners of the country from the city's centrally located mainline railway stations. Rail services in the UK are run by a set of private train operating companies. Your point of departure will determine the best service to take and at what station your train will arrive in London. Arrive at the station in plenty of time and be sure to board your train a couple of minutes before the scheduled departure time, as many trains have automatic doors that shut 40 seconds before departure.
This is a list of the busiest railway stations in Great Britain on the National Rail network. The figures are collected by the Office of Rail and Road , and are estimates based on ticket usage data use of an Origin Destination Matrix, a comprehensive matrix of rail flows between stations throughout Great Britain in the financial year of — Only tickets sold for National Rail services are included. As such, London Underground, special tours, local light rail and heritage railway tickets are excluded. Note that these data cover Great Britain and surrounding small islands such as the Isle of Wight , not the United Kingdom , and so exclude tickets within Northern Ireland and Eurostar.
London's major stations
Simon Jenkins' book, Britain's Best Railway Stations , rates the country's most significant and beautiful examples. These are the 18 finest, according to its author., Christian Wolmar. Stations, according to Simon Jenkins, are the forgotten part of the railway experience.