Train usage in Ayrshire dropped to 94% last year, with only four passengers recorded per day at one station, according to Office of Rail and Road (ORR) statistics.
That was expected given the fact that a series of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic left us home for most of the year.
However, the scale of the numbers is a clear indication of the impact of the virus on commuting via public transport.
At some Ayrshire stations, passenger numbers have dropped by up to 94% year-on-year.
At New Come Knock, only 1,574 passengers enter and leave the station each year, a 94% reduction from the 25,566 passengers recorded before the pandemic.
On average, there are only four passengers per day.
Similarly, Kirk Cornell, the next stop on the line, had only 1,260 passengers, down 94% from 19,880 in the previous year.
Railroad usage has declined by an average of 78% across the UK.
The figures are revealed in the ORR estimate of the 2020-21 station usage statistics, which includes the annual total of passenger entry and exit at each of the UK’s more than 2,500 stations.
Ayrshire statistics are as follows (key: number of passengers on 20/21; number of passengers on 19/20. rate of change):
Air -238,652 / 1,395,968 = -83 percent
Ardrossan Harbor-13,128 / 123,904 = -89%
Ardrossan South Beach-23,670 / 215,924 = -89%
Ardrossan Town-2,272 / 22,364 = -90%
Auchinleck-5,162 / 72,080 = -93%
Balassy-15,150 / 168,448 = -91 percent
Kilwinning-111,346 / 938,072 = -88%
Dalley-18,872 / 208,416 = -90 percent
Girvan-15,456 / 121,742 = -87 percent
Irvine -114,254 / 889,394 = -87%
Kirk Cornell-1,260 / 19,880 = 94%
Mayball-15,244 / 94,974 = -84%
New Come Knock-1,574 / 25,566 = -94%
Newton-On-Ayr-14,130 / 92,416 = -85%
Prestwick International-7,734 / 101,220 = -92%
Prestwick Town-52,984 / 383,852 = -86%
Saltcoats -38,352 / 303,468 = -87%
Sanka-1,752 / 24,258 = -93%
Stephenston-12,040 / 115,218 = -90 percent
Troon -79,790 / 610,086 = -87 percent
According to statistics, Ayrshire’s rail utilization was low, but not the worst, as one passenger was not recorded at six stations throughout the year.
Six unrecorded stations are Abererch (Gwynedd, Wales), Beaddale (Highlands, Wales), Llanbedr (Gwynedd, Wales), Sampford Courtney (Gwynedd, England), Stanlow & Thornton (Cheshire West). , Cheshire, England). Sugar loaf (Wales, Powys).
Feras Alshaker, Director of Planning and Performance at the Office of Rail and Road, said:
“This year, there are many stations with very few passengers coming and going.
“But recent figures show that leisure travel is almost back to pre-pandemic levels, but commuting is slowly increasing.”
Approximately 14.8 million passengers traveled using ScotRail in 2020-21, and Glasgow Central continued to be the busiest station with 5.3 million doorways from 32.5 million in 2019.
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