Published on 17th December 2015

train passengers

The number of passengers using Cheltenham Spa train station has now reached 2 million per annum, meaning that it’s the most used station in the county.

This adds weight to the on-going campaign to upgrade its facilities.

The latest statistics revealing passenger rail usage have just been published by the Office of Rail & Road.  The figures show that journey numbers to and from Cheltenham Spa are continuing to grow, with more than 2 million passengers travelling during 2014/15.  This demonstrates year-on-year growth as anticipated and a massive 278% rise since the 1997/98 figure.

Councillor Steve Jordan, leader at Cheltenham Borough Council welcomed the figures, he said: “As expected, the newly published data shows another increase in passengers and validates our campaign to improve the facilities at the station. We understand that Network Rail and Great Western Railway plan to progress upgrade works in 2016, which will be welcomed by passengers and the people of Cheltenham.”

Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for safety and development added: ‘’This confirms the urgent need to increase passenger capacity of Cheltenham Spa Station, to ensure that it can cater for the future needs of Gloucestershire's traveling public."

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2014/15: Total number of entries and exits at Cheltenham Spa  - 2,038,404
2013/14:  Total number of entries and exits at Cheltenham Spa – 1,924,750
1997/98: Total number of entries and exits at Cheltenham Spa – 731,388.