THE RAIL NETWORK and how we use it

Passenger trends: Passengers at rail stations

Passenger trends

Figure 7. Passenger numbers per rail station

Large stations that support several rail lines have the most passengers

Figure 8. Passenger numbers per rail station – Belfast

Figure 9. Passenger numbers per rail station – Dublin

Figure 10. Passenger numbers per rail station – Cork

According to annual statistics from Translink and annual figures extrapolated from the NTA National Rail Census, Connolly Station in Dublin is the busiest station on the island with around 10.4 million passenger boardings and alightings per annum on average between 2017 and 2019. This corresponds to approximately 200,000 passengers per week.

Pearse, Heuston, and Tara Street in Dublin, along with Great Victoria Street in Belfast, also have high passenger numbers with around 8.5 million, 6.3 million, 5.5 million and 5.2 million passengers per year, respectively.

Of the other major cities, Cork Kent station has the highest annual passenger numbers with around 2.3 million, followed by Galway Ceannt station with around 1.0 million, Limerick Colbert station with around 750,000, Derry/Londonderry with around 500,000, and Waterford Plunkett station with around 275,000.

Outside of the seven major cities, the stations with the highest annual passenger numbers are Bangor with 1.6 million, Balbriggan with 1.3 million, Limerick Junction with 1.1 million (although these are almost all transferring passengers), and Sallins and Naas Station with around 1.0 million.

Of the three cities with urban rail networks, the network in Dublin (including stations to Drogheda, Maynooth, M3 Parkway, Newbridge, and Greystones) has 79.2 million passenger boardings and alightings per year. The network in Belfast (including stations to Whitehead, Mossley West, Lisburn, and Bangor) has 18.9 million, and the network in Cork (including stations to Mallow, Midleton, and Cobh) has 4.4 million.