Bamber Bridge railway station

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Bamber Bridge National Rail
Bamber Bridge
Bamber Bridge railway station in 2009
Location
Place Bamber Bridge
Local authority South Ribble
Grid reference SD564258
Operations
Station code BMB
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  66,867
2005/06 Decrease 64,725
2006/07 Decrease 64,189
2007/08 Increase 69,633
2008/09 Decrease 66,488
2009/10 Increase 70,060
2010/11 Increase 77,160
2011/12 Increase 82,878
2012/13 Increase 84,876
History
Key dates Opened 1846 (1846)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bamber Bridge from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Bamber Bridge railway station serves the area Bamber Bridge, England 4 miles (6 km) to the south of Preston city centre on the A6 and M6 roads.

Description[edit]

Its railway station, in common with Lostock Hall, was once much larger and used by many more trains than today. Opened in 1846 by the Blackburn & Preston Railway, it became a junction four years later when the B&PR's successor the East Lancashire Railway opened a direct route to Preston that avoided the need to use the North Union Railway between Farington and Preston (and thus pay hefty tolls to the NUR company). The Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway had in the meantime arrived at Lostock Hall in 1849, putting the village on the main line from Blackburn to Liverpool.

The station in 1963

These newer lines all fell victim to BR economies in the aftermath of the Beeching Axe - the direct line to Preston closing to all traffic in April 1972 (services henceforth reverted to using the original 1846 line through Lostock Hall then the 1908-built Farington Curve to reach the WCML) and the Blackburn to Liverpool trains ending on 6 October 1969. The line was resignalled in 1973 and is now controlled by the power box at Preston, although the distinctive signal box still remains to supervise three level crossings (one here locally and two further east by CCTV).

On the westbound platform, the station building built in 1846 survives but is no longer used as part of the station. The building has been disused recently but is now being converted into a drop-in centre for pensioners.[1]

Bamber Bridge may not strictly be a "one-street village", but each train to pass through stops traffic; the level crossing cuts across the main road. Only Northern Rail trains en route to and from Preston use Bamber Bridge. It has two platforms, but is not manned and has no departure screens.

Services[edit]

Monday to Saturdays, there is an hourly service from Bamber Bridge towards Preston and Blackpool South, westbound and Blackburn, Burnley and Colne, eastbound. There is a two-hourly service in each direction on Sundays. In addition two extra trains in the morning peak call from York, and one service to York in the evening.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bamber Bridge railway gets a £305,000 facelift". 2008-03-26. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Lostock Hall   Northern Rail
East Lancashire Line
  Pleasington

Coordinates: 53°43′37″N 2°39′40″W / 53.727°N 2.661°W / 53.727; -2.661