UK depot sees ridership boost after being dubbed 'least used'

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CAMBRIDGE, England — Shippea Hill Station saw just 12 passengers in 2015-2016 — a figure that East Anglian Railway officials said made it the least used station in the United Kingdom's railroad network.

Bestowing the unmanned, request-only station with that forlorn title, though, created enough interest that in 2016-2017, its ridership rose to 156 passengers, a thirteen-fold increase over previous ridership.

The Telegraph reports that the designation of least used station now goes to Barry Links in Scotland, a similarly unmanned station that sees only one train between Dundee and Carnoustie each day. ScotRail says that only 24 people use the station each year, though some local officials argue that the numbers are actually higher because the numbers do not reflect passengers who buy tickets all the way to Carnoustie but get off at Barry.

With close to 100 million yearly passengers, London Waterloo was deemed the busiest station in the United Kingdom, a title that it has held for 14 years. All told, the British railroad network logged 2.9 billion entries and exits, in 2015-2016, up 0.4 percent over the previous year.

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