Commuters from Leeds are in need of a strong black coffee, having been named some of the UK’s most sleep deprived by new research.
A study by window blinds retailer, Direct Blinds, found that Leeds station is the 13th ‘most tired’ in the UK, having one of the largest number of bleary-eyed passengers catching the earliest trains during rush hour, often before 7.30am to get to work on time.
Leeds, which serves 79,034 passengers daily and 28,847,648 annually, owes its sleepy ranking to its high proportion of early morning trains (before 8.30am) to commuter numbers.
The research looked at the number of passengers passing through a station each day and the number of trains leaving a station at rush hour, looking at the volume of passengers having to get the earliest trains per each station and then giving each station at score.
The findings also revealed a national sleep divide, with the south and London in particular dominating the hotspots for commuter tiredness. Fewer sleep deprived stations mean passengers in the North are unlikely to be as reliant on double espressos to get through the working day compared to their southern counterparts.
London Bridge station was ranked number 1. It has by far the highest proportion of early trains* to passengers of all the stations that examined in the UK, twice that of its nearest rival and over three times the most sleep deprived station outside London.
The nation’s busiest station overall, Waterloo, came second overall to London Bridge, in terms of the early trains to passengers ratio, followed by Liverpool Street, Victoria and Gatwick Airport station.
Reading commuters didn’t get much use of the snooze button either. The station which tends to see a large volume of travellers commuting to the capital was fourth overall in Direct Blinds’ sleep deprived index.
The station boasts just a third of London Bridge’s early train ratio, although a longer journey could mean that passengers have chance to catch up on some much needed shut-eye during the trip.
Elsewhere, the second city’s busiest station, Birmingham New Street, came fifth just behind Reading, with Brighton, Liverpool Central and Manchester Piccadilly completing the rest of the top 10.
David Roebuck, Managing Director at Direct Blinds, said: “Leeds commuters definitely need a caffeine hit to keep them going throughout the day. However, they’re positively wide awake compared to their counterparts in the capital where three of the top five tired stations are located.”