NEW figures have revealed the number of passengers using railway stations in the district.

Burnham-on-Crouch station saw more than 150,000 visits last year, new data shows.

The Office for Rail and Road looked at the number of people entering and exiting every train station across Britain.

Its figures show Burnham-on-Crouch station had 163,000 entries and exits in the year to March.

The next busiest station in the district was Southminster, with 78,294 visits.

In third was North Fambridge with 47,690, while 21,908 entries and exits saw Althorne finish in fourth.

In total, there were 2.5 billion entries and exits across Great Britain in 2022-23, a significant increase from 1.8 billion the year before, but still below the three billion in 2019-20, before the coronavirus pandemic.

Michael Solomon Wiliams, campaigns manager of the Campaign for Better Transport, said: "It’s encouraging to see that station usage is on the rise, but to continue this upward trend and surpass pre-pandemic numbers, rail needs to be better value and more reliable.

"Instead of implementing another record-high increase, the Government should freeze rail fares as it has fuel duty and make green public transport cheaper".