There has been a staggering 152 per cent rise in the number of passenger journeys from Stone railway station since trains started to call there again in December 2008.
Figures from the Office of Rail Regulation reveal 76,346 outbound passenger journeys from the station in 2010/11, compared to 48,054 in 2009/10 and 12,018 in 2008/9.
Train operator London Midland has certainly acted on the huge rise in numbers. Earlier this year, more Sunday services were added and London Midland also plans to extend its weekday services from London Euston to Stone later this year with extra trains out of London at 16.46, 17.24 and 20.13. The operator also installed electronic information screens last year, as well as new seating for platform 2 after an online campaign.
Richard Stevens, who set up new group The Friends of Stone Station earlier this year, is delighted with the numbers.
He wrote on his blog: “I’ve now got the email from London Midland stating that they have calculated that 76,500 passenger journeys were made from Stone Station in the twelve months to the end of March 2011. That’s a fantastic figure and surely justifies the campaign we ran for several years to get the trains running again from Stone.
“Informed estimates are suggesting that the figures for the following twelve months to March 2012 could well top 100,000 – another great success story. London Midland are about to announce that, from December, they will be running three extra trains out of Euston during the week. This is great news and the culmination of a long campaign to get later departures back from London. We now have a timetable which makes sense for a lot more travellers.”
Find out more about the Friends of Stone Station group at http://friendsofstonestation.blogspot.co.uk The group’s next meeting is on 29th May.