The 2,520 railway stations on the National Rail network in Great Britain are classified into six categories (two of which are each divided into two subcategories) by the Department for Transport. The scheme was devised in 1996 and there was a review in 2009 when 106 stations changed categories. The categorisation scheme is owned by Network Rail, the site landlord of most of the stations.
|Category||Number (2011)||Description||Trips per annum||Examples|
|A||28||National hub||over 2 million||Birmingham New Street, London King's Cross|
|B||67||Regional interchange||over 2 million||Clapham Junction, Preston|
|C||C1||248||Important feeder||0.5–2 million||Grantham, Plymouth|
|C2||Burgess Hill, Tamworth|
|D||298||Medium staffed||0.25–0.5 million||Abergavenny, Penrith|
|E||679||Small staffed||under 0.25 million||Boston, Oakham|
|F||F1||1,200||Small unstaffed||under 0.25 million||Beccles, Bishop Auckland|
Category C stations are sub-divided into C1 (city or busy junction) and C2 (other busy railheads). The only exception is Worthing, which has not been given a subcategory; it is listed by DfT as "C".
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- "Network RUS Stations" (PDF). Network Route Utilisation Strategy, Stations. Network Rail. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 March 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2013.