88% drop in rail passenger numbers at Falkirk stations during pandemic

Passenger numbers were down at Falkirk's railway stations last year as more people stayed at home during the coronavirus pandemic, figures show.

By Allan Crow
Friday, 26th November 2021, 4:58 pm

Statistics from the Office of Rail and Road show an estimated 416,000 passengers used Falkirk' s five stations in 2020-21.

This was 88% fewer than in 2019-20, when 3.4 million travelled on trains in the area.

The busiest station was Falkirk High, which saw 117,000 entries and exits by passengers.

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Two evening trains arriving at Falkirk High Station each shortly after 5.30pm nearly empty during the pademic (Pic: Michael Gillen)

However, this was down from 896,000 the year before, and the lowest number of passengers since comparable records began in 1997.

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This was followed by Larbert, with 113,000, and Falkirk Grahamston, which saw 92,400 passengers use the station.

Across Great Britain, usage of railway stations fell from 3 billion in 2019-20 to 687 million – a fall of 77%.

The busiest station in Scotland – with an estimated 5.3 million passengers – was Glasgow Central.

The figures are based primarily on ticket sales.

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