PASSENGERS travelling through a Glasgow train station are the happiest in the country, a survey has found.

Glasgow Central has topped the list of the best Network Rail-managed stations in Britain, with the help of its staff.

More than 95 per cent of passengers who used the station were satisfied with its train information, connections to other transport links, cleanliness, upkeep and choice of shops and places to eat and drink, according to the findings.

Glasgow Central scored higher than comparable stations throughout the UK, including London Kings Cross, Birmingham, New Street and Liverpool Lime Street.

Over 27,000 people across the country were surveyed for the spring 2017 National Rail Passenger Survey between January 30 and April 30.

Independent watchdog, Transport Focus, conducts the surveys twice a year to obtain a representative sample of journeys and covers passengers’ overall satisfaction and satisfaction on the specific aspects of service.

Susan Holden, Glasgow Central Station manager, said: “Glasgow Central’s ranking as the top scoring managed station for passenger satisfaction is a tremendous achievement and a strong indication of the quality of service that Scotland’s railway provides.

“The station team has been working hard to deliver a targeted plan that focusses on all areas of the passenger experience and their actions have certainly paid off achieving a best-ever score of 95 per cent satisfaction.

“These results are really encouraging and we will continue to work hard to maintain Glasgow Central’s pre-eminent position.”

Passenger satisfaction has also improved with train operator ScotRail.

Watchdog Transport Focus found 90 per cent of passengers said they were satisfied with their journeys in spring this year, an increase from 83 per cent in the last study in autumn last year.

ScotRail has not reached an overall rating of 90 per cent since autumn 2015.

Mr Yousaf said: “This latest increase in overall passenger satisfaction, when compared with spring 2016, is welcome to both me and to passengers.

“These results are evidence the actions implemented through ScotRail’s performance improvement plan, which was in place during the survey period, have been reflected in customer opinion.

“This is a good example of Transport Scotland working with the ScotRail Alliance to drive up performance for passengers and we expect this to continue moving forward.

The ScotRail Alliance faced calls for it to be stripped of its £7 billion 10-year franchise last year after a turbulent period.

An improvement plan was created in response to the widespread criticism.