NEW figures suggest Uttoxeter Railway Station is being used by more passengers than ever before.
North Staffordshire Rail Promotion Group recently released figures about footfall at the station showing a huge increase in passenger numbers during the 10-year period from 2001/02 to 2011/12.
They show that, in 2001/02, 91,197 passengers hopped on the train at Uttoxeter and, in 2011/12, 154,000 travelled on trains from Uttoxeter Railway Station.
This represents an increase of around 60 per cent.
North Staffordshire Rail Promotion Group chairman Jon Heal said this reflected a national trent.
He said: “We are witnessing both a national and local resurgence in rail travel over the last ten years of considerably more than 100% per cent.
“It is the smaller stations that show the most spectacular increase and this is despite the fact that there has been a general fall-off of travel-to-work.
“I would still argue that there is a need for further investment in station facilities at the smaller stations.”
The statistics were released months after Network Rail constructed a footbridge across the track, with wheelchair access, to boost safety.
However, many homeowners near the station branded the new facility an ‘eyesore’ and worried their homes may be de-valued.