The 10 busiest railway stations in Yorkshire


Leeds West Yorkshire

30,942,592 (29,723,734)

passengers per year 2016-2017 (2015-2016). *

Leeds station at New Station Street is a major rail hub for inter-city, regional express and local services. Many passengers from neighbouring cities and towns have to travel into Leeds and out again, sometimes through lack of a frequent direct service, to reach other destinations. This adds to heavy and increasing commuter use, which already make it the UK's third busiest railway station outside London.
The station is managed by Network Rail. Operators running services from Leeds are LNER, Cross Country, Transpennine Express, Northern, (East Midland Trains)

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Sheffield South Yorkshire

9,538,052 (9,213,092)

passengers per year 2016-2017 (2015-2016). *

Sheffield railway station at Sheaf Square offers inter-city, regional express and local services. The station is situated on routes from Yorkshire towards the East and West Midlands and South West England. London St Pancras can be reached on a route via the East Midlands, although changing at Doncaster to go to London's King's Cross is sometimes as quick or quicker. The station has a high commuter use, helped by its connectivity with the Sheffield Supertram system which operates into the heart of the city and other destinations.
The station is managed by East Midland Trains. Operators running services from Sheffield are East Midland Trains, Cross Country, Transpennine Express and Northern. The station also has a Stagecoach Supertram stop.

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York City of York

9,264,090 (8,848,652)

passengers per year 2016-2017 (2015-2016). *

The present York station at Station Road layed claim to being the largest station in the world at the time it opened in 1877. The station is on the East Coast main line with regular services to London King's Cross, North East England and Scotland, the Midlands and South West England, regional expresses across Yorkshire and stopping services for stations to Harrogate, Leeds and Hull via Selby.
The station is managed by LNER. Operators running services from York are LNER, Cross Country, Grand Central, TransPennine Express and Northern.

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Huddersfield West Yorkshire

5,092,542 (5,041,600)

passengers per year 2016-2017 (2015-2016). *

A magnificent Grade I listed building in St George's Square, Huddersfield station is the second biggest rail hub in West Yorkshire after Leeds with more than 250 trains a day. The through line offers local and express services to Manchester stations and Dewsbury and Leeds with express trains continuing to Manchester Airport and Liverpool in a westward direction and to destinations including York, Hull, Scarborough, Northallerton, Middlesbrough and Newcastle heading east. The station also has a commuter line to Huddersfield-area villages on the Penistone line which is also its main but slow route to Barnsley and Sheffield in South Yorkshire. Huddersfield also provides services via Mirfield to Wakefield Kirkgate and Westgate and via Brighouse and Halifax to Bradford.
The station is managed by TransPennine Express. Operators running services are TransPennine Express and Northern.

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Doncaster South Yorkshire

3,825,644 (3,751,802)

passengers per year 2016-2017 (2015-2016). *

Doncaster station is a hub on the East Coast Main Line which connects to London to York, North East England and Scotland. Just north of Doncaster some trains branch from the main route to head to West Yorkshire destinations, including Leeds, or eastwards towards Hull. Transpennine Express services from Manchester and Sheffield call here on their route to North East Lincolnshire. Northern operate services to several destinations, including stations to Adwick-le-Street, Sheffield, Hull, Bridlington, and to Lincoln. East Midlands trains operate services through Lincolnshire to Peterborough and a Cross Country route from Newcastle operates via Doncaster to Sheffield, Derby, Birmingham, Oxford and Reading.
The station is managed by LNER. Operators running services are LNER, Transpennine Express, Northern, Hull Trains, Grand Central, East Midlands Trains and Cross Country.

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Bradford Interchange West Yorkshire

2,976,052 (2,993,340)

passengers per year 2016-2017 (2015-2016). *

Bradford Interchange at Bridge Street is one of two terminus stations in Bradford. This south-facing station, next to the city's bus station, offers local trains to Leeds, Brighouse, Huddersfield, Halifax and Calder Valley stations towards Manchester Victoria or Preston. It also the terminus of Grand Central train services to London King's Cross. The combined passenger total of the two Bradford stations is 5,058,998.
The station is managed by Northern. Operators running services from Bradford Interchange are Northern and Grand Central.

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Wakefield Westgate West Yorkshire

2,540,890 (2,519,480)

passengers per year 2016-2017 (2015-2016). *

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Hull Hull

2,383,244 (2,251,834)

passengers per year 2016-2017 (2015-2016). *

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Bradford Forster Square West Yorkshire

2,112,894 (2,065,658)

passengers per year 2016-2017 (2015-2016). *

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Meadowhall South Yorkshire

2,015,172 (2,138,462)

passengers per year 2016-2017 (2015-2016). *

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Adding the totals of Bradford's two terminal stations would see the city positioned above Doncaster and just below Huddersfield. Adding the totals of Wakefield Westgate and 41st-placed Wakefield Kirkgate (539,478) would see its position above Hull and below Doncaster unchanged.

All stations featured saw an increase in passenger numbers between 2016 and 2017 except for a slight drop at Bradford Interchange and Meadowhall, the latter slipping from 9th to 10th in the table.

* Figures based on Office of Rail and Road highest estimates of station entries and exits, annual figures between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2017. Station management and rail operator data updated June 2018.
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