Two passengers a month at quietest train station Barry Links

Credit Nigel Sawtell  Alamy Stock

Credit Nigel Sawtell Alamy Stock

This year's least used station was Barry Links, a remote town in Scotland where just 24 passengers used boarded or got off a train this year.

The station most used outside London was Birmingham New Street, which saw 42.4 million passengers in the previous year putting it at number six in the overall list.

Brian Boyd, an independent councillor on Angus Council, said the station was used more than the figures suggested.

"People at the west end of Carnoustie are closer to Barry Links than the main Carnoustie station so there would be a lot of disgruntled customers if it was ever closed down on the view that it's not used".

Mr Boyd, who represents the Carnoustie and District Ward, expects the station to be well-used next summer as golf fans travel to the Open Championship.

He said: "With golf coming in 2018, it will used considerably more because it's right on the perimeter of the world-renowned golf course".

Breich was threatened with closure because of the cost of upgrading work needed at the station as part of electrification of the Edinburgh-Glasgow line via Shotts.

Some 99.4 million passengers used the station in the past year, up by more than 250,000 on 2015/16.

The station, which is also served by just two trains a day, saw its passengers plummet from 138 in 2015-16.

Glasgow Central retains its position as the busiest station in Scotland, with passengers using it 32.1 million times this year, and Cardiff Central was top in Wales with 12.5 million entries and exits.

It was estimated there were more than 2.9 billion entries and exits at all rail stations in Britain in 2016/17, an increase of 0.4% on the previous year.

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