Passenger numbers were down at the area's railway stations last year as more people stayed at home during the coronavirus pandemic, figures show.

Statistics from the Office of Rail and Road show an estimated 271,000 passengers used four stations in and around Barrow during 2020-21.

This was 70 per cent fewer than in 2019-20, when 908,000 travelled on trains in the area.

The busiest station was Barrow, which saw 198,000 entries and exits by passengers.

However, this was down from 687,000 the year before, and the lowest number of passengers since comparable records began in 1997.

This was followed by Dalton, with 25,300, and Askam, which saw 24,700 passengers use the station.

The figures are based primarily on ticket sales.

The quietest station was Roose, which welcomed 23,400 passengers last year, compared to 68,000 in 2019-20.