Covid-19 Rush Hour

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Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Brighton station taken at a normally busy rush hour. Empty platforms, empty stations, closed shops.

Network Rail has issued a heartfelt thank you to passengers for heeding Government advice to stay home after new figures reveal footfall is down an average of 93% at some of London’s busiest stations.

The data below shows a dramatic decrease in passengers at the some of the main commuter hubs in Network Rail’s Southern region, including London Waterloo, Victoria, Cannon Street and London Charing Cross, since the Government advised the public not to travel unless essential on 16 March.

Footfall has fallen across the stations managed by Network Rail Southern region by around 93% on weekdays, rising to 96% during weekends.

London Waterloo has seen the biggest decrease in footfall with a 95% reduction compared to the 94.2 million annual journeys, or around 125,000 journeys that are made through the station on an average weekday.

Fewer passengers allows safer journeys for those unable to work from home, including frontline rail workers.

Station nameAverage decrease in footfall at each station between 30 March – 5 April, compared to 16 MarchAnnual passenger numbers (estimated)
Waterloo95%94.2 million
Victoria93%74.7 million
Cannon Street93%30.2 million
Charing Cross92%20.6 million

Above info is from Network Rail

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