Glasgow Queen Street

Glasgow Queen Street named Britain’s favourite railway station in public vote

  • Glasgow Queen Street has been named the nation’s favourite railway station in a public poll which recorded over 95,000 votes
  • 48 stations from across the country competed head to head in the World Cup of Stations with the Scottish terminal receiving most votes 
  • Queen Street beat Scottish rivals in the group stages before triumphing in the final over three English stations in a nail biting conclusion, pulling ahead in the final 15 minutes of voting
  • Rail staff at Glasgow Queen Street and at stations across the country have been playing a key role supporting Britain’s recovery from COVID-19 

Glasgow Queen Street has been named Britain’s favourite station after winning the World Cup of Stations 2020. 

Out of 2,579 stations across the country, Queen Street was shortlisted as one of 48 stations participating in the week-long online poll which recorded over 95,000 votes in total. They saw off the competition in each day of public voting, beating Scottish rivals Motherwell, Aberdeen and Wemyss Bay in the group stages and heavyweights Newcastle and Crewe in the semi-final. 

Glasgow Queen Street

Two of this year’s finalists once again thought the path to victory was courting the internet’s substantial cat vote with both Huddersfield and Stourbridge Junction putting their moggy mascots front and centre. But in the end Glasgow Queen Street, coming fresh off a £120m redevelopment, proved too much for them and for London Kings Cross. 

2020-10 WCoS Wall Chart A4 GQS

The 2020 final was a nail-biter coming right down to the wire with Queen Street eventually winning by 0.3% pulling ahead in the last 15 minutes of voting. 

Final WCOS poll

Maggie Hoey, Queen Street Station General Manager, said:  

“We’re absolutely delighted that Glasgow Queen Street has been crowned champion in this year’s World Cup of Stations.  

“The recent redevelopment work has revitalised the station, delivering a contemporary building both internally and externally. It’s created a spacious and accessible transport facility that will be a positive and prominent addition to Glasgow’s historic George square for years to come. 

“We owe a huge thanks to everyone who voted for us, and to our social media colleagues who really got behind the Rail Delivery Group's campaign to drum up support.” 

The competition highlighted the important role that the railway, stations and staff are playing keeping people connected and supporting communities and local businesses during the pandemic.  

Robert Nisbet, Director of Nations and Regions for the Rail Delivery Group said, 

For a while it looked like nothing was going to stop Stourbridge Junction and their mascot George the cat, but Glasgow Queen Street played the full 90 minutes and have come away with the silverware. It’s a fitting tribute to the newly redeveloped station and the friendly staff there who have kept key workers moving through the pandemic and continue to support the local community.”

Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said:

“I am immensely proud of the whole railway family, who have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic to keep our railways running and passengers safe.

“My congratulations go to all the staff at Glasgow Queen Street for winning this year’s competition. They have played a key role supporting Britain’s recovery from Covid-19, ensuring that key workers and NHS staff can get to work, saving lives.”

Contact Information

Niall McGourty

Senior Media Officer

Rail Delivery Group

020 7841 8020

niall.mcgourty@raildeliverygroup.com

Notes to editors

Notes 

  • Twitter polls were hosted on the twitter page of the Rail Delivery Group - @RailDeliveryGrp 
  • The Rail Delivery Group represents the rail industry including train operating companies and Network Rail.  
  • The full list of stations which competed in World Cup of Stations 2020 were as follows: 

Station 

Region/ 

Nation 

Year opened 

Footfall 2018-19 

Station owner 

Bedford 

East 

1859 

4,058,190 

Govia Thameslink Railway (Thameslink) 

Cambridge 

East 

1845 

11,983,320 

Greater Anglia 

Kempston Hardwick 

East 

1905 

9,692 

West Midlands Trains (London Northwestern Railway) 

Welwyn Garden City 

East 

Current site 1926 

2,867,810 

Govia Thameslink Railway (Great Northern) 

Leicester  

East Midlands 

1840 

5,582,286 

East Midlands Railway 

Nottingham 

  

East Midlands 

1848 

8,004,938 

East Midlands Railway 

Bottesford 

East Midlands 

1850 

63,628 

East Midlands Railway 

Spalding  

East Midlands 

1848 

193,034 

East Midlands Railway 

Elmstead Woods  

London 

1904 

1,213,160 

Southeastern 

Falconwood  

London 

1936 

1,045,686 

Southeastern 

London Kings Cross 

London 

1852 

34,645,924 

Network Rail 

London Waterloo  

London 

1848 

94,192,690 

Network Rail 

Middlesbrough 

North East 

1847 

1,289,866 

TransPennine Express 

Newcastle  

North East 

1850 

8,913,554 

London North Eastern Railway 

Chathill  

North East 

1847 

2,546 

Northern  

Blaydon  

North East 

1835 

21,428 

Northern 

Ainsdale  

North West 

1848 

1,016,242 

Merseyrail 

Crewe  

North West 

1837 

3,305,352 

Avanti West Coast 

Hindley 

North West 

1848 

294,844 

Northern 

Wigan North Western  

North West 

1838 

1,683,184 

Avanti West Coast 

Chirk  

NRA Best Station winner 

1848 

77,106 

Transport for Wales Rail 

Norwich  

NRA Best Station winner 

1844 

4,250,834 

Greater Anglia 

Penrith  

NRA Best Station winner 

1846 

592,462 

Avanti West Coast 

Reading  

NRA Best Station winner 

1840 

17,080,738 

Network Rail 

Aberdeen  

Scotland 

1867 

2,616,142 

ScotRail 

Glasgow Queen Street  

Scotland 

1842 

17,207,208 

ScotRail 

Motherwell  

Scotland 

Current site 1885 

1,386,976 

ScotRail 

Wemyss Bay  

Scotland 

1865 

213,988 

ScotRail 

Aylesbury  

South East 

1863 

1,235,236 

Chiltern Railways 

Hedge End  

South East 

1990 

522,492 

South Western Railway 

Sandown 

South East 

1864 

150,748 

South Western Railway (Island Line) 

Sevenoaks 

South East 

1868 

4,376,024 

Southeastern 

Barnstaple  

South West 

1854 

432,196 

Great Western Railway 

Bristol Temple Meads  

South West 

1840 

11,367,652 

Network Rail 

Sherborne  

South West 

1860 

210,170 

South Western Railway 

Worcestershire Parkway  

South West 

2020 

n/a 

Great Western Railway 

Cardiff Central 

Wales 

1850 

12,934,304 

Transport for Wales Rail 

Newport  

Wales 

1850 

2,745,064 

Transport for Wales Rail 

Pontypridd  

Wales 

1840 

884,132 

Transport for Wales Rail 

Swansea  

Wales 

1850 

2156036 

Transport for Wales Rail 

Leamington Spa  

West Midlands 

1852 

2,773,782 

Chiltern Railway 

Stourbridge Junction  

West Midlands 

Current site 1901 

1,667,752 

West Midlands Trains (West Midlands Railway) 

Tamworth  

West Midlands 

1839 

1,279,204 

West Midlands Trains (London Northwestern Railway) 

Warwick Parkway  

West Midlands 

2000 

682,228 

Chiltern Railways 

Cleethorpes 

Yorkshire & The Humber 

1863 

296,002 

TransPennine Express 

Huddersfield  

Yorkshire & The Humber 

1847 

4,897,612 

TransPennine Express 

Hull  

Yorkshire & The Humber 

1847 

2,356,812 

TransPennine Express 

Mytholmroyd  

Yorkshire & The Humber 

1847 

197,640 

Northern