MORE than seven million people used Chelmsford Railway Station in the past year, new statistics reveal.
The number of commuters and day-trippers using Chelmsford soared by more than 400,000, according to the latest statistics from the Office of Rail Regulation.
The footfall figures for 2010/2011 equate to a rise of 6 per cent, beating the national average of 5 per cent.
It means Chelmsford is in the top 40 busiest stations nationwide, with more passengers than York, Leicester, Nottingham and Oxford.
David Bigg, of the local rail users' association, said: "It's good news that the number of rail users is rising but it's bad news that people will now be struggling for a seat.
"The problem we have now is that there is more demand than supply.
"From Essex to London, carriages are full.
"This will mean an increase in fares and at the moment we are looking at roughly a 6 per cent increase for next January. Fares will get higher and higher."
The number of extra passengers using stations in Mid Essex during the same period was more than 500,000.
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