Bescar Lane railway station

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Bescar Lane National Rail
Bescar Lane
Location
Place Scarisbrick
Local authority West Lancashire
Grid reference SD396145
Operations
Station code BES
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  2,802
2005/06 Increase 3,253
2006/07 Decrease 3,154
2007/08 Increase 3,485
2008/09 Increase 3,946
2009/10 Increase 3,954
2010/11 Decrease 3,684
2011/12 Decrease 3,514
2012/13 Increase 3,982
History
Key dates Opened 9 April 1855 (9 April 1855)
Original company Manchester and Southport Railway
Pre-grouping Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bescar Lane from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Bescar Lane railway station is on the Manchester to Southport Line, 4.5 miles (7.2 km) east of Southport in the village of Scarisbrick. Bescar Lane is an old cottage-style station, operated by the Northern Rail franchise. Its remote location, some distance from the centre of Scarisbrick Parish, is considered "problematical".[1]

History[edit]

Bescar Lane station opened on 9 April 1855, as part of the Manchester and Southport Railway. Later managed by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, it had the distinction of being the lowest station on that network, situated 12.5 feet (3.8 m) above sea-level. Part of the line running from Bescar Lane en route to Southport through Blowick and St Luke's closed in 1965, forcing trains to divert through Meols Cop on a section of the old Liverpool, Southport and Preston Junction Railway.[2]

Bescar Lane railway station in 1966.

Services[edit]

Monday to Saturdays there is generally a two-hourly service to Southport westbound and Manchester Victoria eastbound at certain times of the day with the odd Southport to Manchester Airport service calling also at this station. The last service to Southport calling at Bescar Lane is at 21:27 and the last service towards Wigan Wallgate and Manchester stations is at 22:30 hours. This station is not served at all on Sundays. However a Normal service operates on most Bank Holidays.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Village History, Scarisbrick.org.uk. Retrieved on 29 May 2008.
  2. ^ Gell, Rob (1986). An Illustrated Survey of Railway Stations Between Southport & Liverpool 1848-1986. Heyday Publishing Company, ISBN 0-947562-04-4.

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
New Lane   Northern Rail
Manchester-Southport Line
Mondays-Saturdays only
  Meols Cop

Coordinates: 53°37′26″N 2°54′54″W / 53.624°N 2.915°W / 53.624; -2.915