GLASGOW Central Station remained Scotland's busiest train station when numbers plummetted during the pandemic.

The city centre station recorded the most passenger entries and exits last year when overall numbers were down by 78 percent due to Covid. 

Glasgow Central recorded 5.3 million entries and exits of the 14.8 million ScotRail journeys in 2020 to 2021.

Before the pandemic, there were 32.5 million passengers in Scotland in 2019. 

Edinburgh Waverley (2.9m), Glasgow Queen Street (2.3m), Paisley Gilmour Street (982,530) and Partick (634,162) made the next five most used stations.

Partick has entered the top five due to its use as an interchange between rail, bus and underground services across Glasgow. 

Feras Alshaker, Director of Planning and Performance at the Office of Rail and Road said: “Throughout 2020-21 the railways remained an essential service for those people who needed to travel during a year which was impacted by the pandemic.

“Glasgow Central has consistently appeared as one of the top 10 most used stations outside of London and it is clear it remained a key destination for many passengers during the pandemic.

“This year we have seen many railway stations with very few passenger entries and exits. However, we know that recent figures show leisure journeys are nearly back to pre-pandemic levels, while there has been a slower increase in commuter journeys.”