Appley Bridge railway station

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Appley Bridge National Rail
Appley Bridge
Location
Place Appley Bridge
Local authority West Lancashire
Grid reference SD524093
Operations
Station code APB
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.146 million
2005/06 Increase 0.172 million
2006/07 Increase 0.174 million
2007/08 Increase 0.178 million
2008/09 Increase 0.206 million
2009/10 Increase 0.220 million
2010/11 Increase 0.226 million
2011/12 Increase 0.237 million
2012/13 Increase 0.241 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Greater Manchester
History
9 April 1855 Station opens
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Appley Bridge from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Appley Bridge railway station serves the villages of Appley Bridge (Lancashire) and Shevington (Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester) in England.

The station is 4 12 miles (7.2 km) north west of Wigan Wallgate on the Manchester-Southport Line.

The station itself is in the Lancashire side of the village, but it is supported by the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive and as such within the GMPTE ticketing zone.

Appley Bridge railway station was built by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway and opened on 9 April 1855. The main stone-built station building survives adjacent to the Wigan-bound platform, but is now in use for non-railway purposes (as a public house), modest shelters now being provided on both platforms for rail travellers.

History[edit]

Opened by the Manchester and Southport Railway as a branch of the East Lancashire Railway, it was absorbed by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway and became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The station then passed to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948,

When Sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by Regional Railways until the Privatisation of British Railways.

A Greater Manchester Council landfill site & transfer terminal was formerly located a short distance west of the station, served by a siding connection from the up (eastbound) line. This received regular trainloads of domestic waste from terminals in and around Manchester from the early 1980s up until 1995, when the site reached capacity and was closed. The defunct siding is still intact and is visible from passing trains.

Services[edit]

Monday to Saturday daytimes, there are two trains an hour to Southport westbound and to Wigan. Beyond Wigan, services run alternately to Manchester Victoria via Atherton and to Bolton, Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport. After 19:30 the service drops to hourly each way.

On Sundays there is an hourly service to Southport and Stockport via Manchester Piccadilly. Alternate Stockport trains continue on to Altrincham and Chester.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Gathurst   Northern Rail
Manchester-Southport Line
  Parbold
Wigan Wallgate   Northern Rail
Manchester Airport-Southport
  Parbold

Coordinates: 53°34′44″N 2°43′08″W / 53.579°N 2.719°W / 53.579; -2.719