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Barking station passenger numbers decline

PUBLISHED: 12:31 04 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:31 04 December 2017

Barking station Picture: Ken Mears

Barking station Picture: Ken Mears

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If you think Barking station is busy in the rush hour, you’d be right - more than 12.7 million journeys either began or ended there last year.

But figures released by the Office of National Statistics found that the number of entries and exits in 2016/17 was actually less than the previous year’s total of 13.4m.

Of the 2016/17 journeys, 4.8m were made using a season ticket, while 3.2m were passengers paying full fares and 4.7m buying a ticket with some sort of reduction.

The borough’s only other train station, Dagenham Dock, saw an increase in use last year, with more than 389,000 entries and exits - a jump from 318,000 the previous year.

Both are a long way from Britain’s busiest station, Waterloo, which saw 99.4m entries and exits last year.

Nine of the country’s 10 busiest stations are in London, with Birmingham New Street the only exception.

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