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'All The Stations' challenge calls at the West Country's least-used station

A couple on a mission to travel by train to every station in Britain this summer have visited the least-used station in the West Country this weekend.

According to latest figures from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), Pilning station in South Gloucestershire had just 46 passenger entries and exits in the year 2015-16.

The figure for this year is sure to have been boosted by the arrival of Geoff Marshall and Vicki Pipe, who attracted a small crowd of locals and fans as they boarded one of only two trains a week to serve the tiny station.

Geoff and Vicki take time to talk to some fans and locals at Pilning Credit: ITV News West Country
Locals and fans joined Geoff and Vicki at Pilning station Credit: ITV News West Country

"There's a whole bunch of stations in the country that we call 'awkward stations' which see limited service, and there are some local people here that have come out to meet us because they want to actually get more services stopping at Pilning again."

– Geoff Marshall, 'All The Stations'

Geoff and Vicki's adventure across the country has attracted thousands of views on their YouTube channel. They have just passed the half-way mark of their epic journey, with Pilning the 1,346th station they have visited out of the 2,563 on the ORR's official list.

The aim of the 'All The Stations' project is to create an online documentary reflecting the state of Britain's railway network and to boost interest in rail travel.

"I think in the next few years the railway network is going to change dramatically so it felt like 2017 was a good time to do a snapshot of what the railways are like today."

– Vicki Pipe, 'All The Stations'
All aboard! Geoff and Vicki leave on the train from Pilning to continue their journey Credit: ITV News West Country

The couple hope to complete their journey in about 8 weeks' time. You can follow their progress on their website here.

Hear what Geoff and Vicki had to say about their trip below.