Leicester rail users 'most underserved' in Britain, survey suggests

Leicester railway station Image copyright PA
Image caption Leicester had four mainline stations at the peak of the railway boom in the 19th Century, but has had just one since the 1960s

Rail users in Leicester are the most underserved in Britain, according to research which suggests the city has the fewest number of railway stations per head of population.

The city has one railway station serving almost 350,000 people.

Campaign for Better Transport Leicestershire said public transport "could be better".

It has been campaigning for the Ivanhoe line, from Leicester to Burton-upon-Trent, to reopen to passenger trains.

Image caption The Ivanhoe railway line is currently used solely for freight

The group's chairman, Terry Kirby, said: "We've struggled for 20 to 30 years. Leicester station is busy and there are only four platforms.

"Cardiff is a similar sized city but it has more than a dozen stations."

The capital of Wales has 20 stations, which works out as one per 17,858 people.

Top 10 places in Britain with the fewest number of railway stations
Leicester One station per 342,627 people
Hull One per 258,995
Oldham One per 230,823
Northampton One per 222,462
Swindon One per 217,160
Peterborough One per 193,980
Oxford One per 159,574
Nottingham One per 159,451
Preston One per 141,302
Norwich One per 138,872

The research, carried out by the Press Association, listed 10 places with the fewest number of railway stations.

Areas served by a mixture of mainline and light rail services, such as Sunderland and Wolverhampton, were not included in the ranking.

The City of London was found to top a list of the highest concentration of stations per population, with one for just 1,460 residents.

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