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Railways: Stations

House of Lords written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of Lord Bradshaw Lord Bradshaw Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many railway stations have been built in the past five years; and of these, how many have failed to meet their targets with regard to (a) passenger numbers, and (b) revenue.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

In England, Scotland and Wales, 21 stations have been opened in the past five years.

Demand forecasts are made to produce a business case to build a new station. However, new stations are not generally given targets by their promoters to achieve once they are operational. The department does not therefore hold information on the number of stations that have failed to meet their targets with regard to passenger numbers or revenue. This information may be available from individual station promoters.

DfT recently commissioned a report called the "New Stations Study" which investigates whether or not actual demand at new stations is significantly different from forecast demand at new stations. Page 21 of the report contains information on forecast and observed demand at new stations for which information has been supplied by promoters. The report can be accessed on the DfT website at: http://www.dft.gov.uk/publications/new-stations-study.

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