Over the past four weeks there has been a dramatic fall in passenger numbers at Britain’s third busiest rail station as people heeded the government’s guidance to stay home and help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
For the week of 8 March 2,239,227 people passed through the station; by 4 April that number had dropped to 135,596, or a reduction of 95%. Usage of retail outlets dropped by 96%.
Network Rail, who owns and manages the station, thanked people who usually use London Liverpool Street for only travelling when absolutely necessary. The station remains open for key workers to get to their destinations.
Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said: “These figures show a dramatic decrease in passengers using Liverpool Street station and we’d like to thank customers for following government advice and only travelling when their journeys are essential. This wouldn’t be our usual message but during the current situation those who can stay at home are helping us to create a safer environment for those who still need to go to work.
“We can’t be complacent and I urge people to continue to follow the guidelines, which will help to keep more people safe.”
Alister Jenkinson, Duty Station Manager for London Liverpool Street