Blackpool Branch Lines

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Blackpool Branch Lines
Overview
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale Lancashire
North West England
Termini Preston
Blackpool North/South
Stations 13
Operation
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Northern Rail
First TransPennine Express
Technical
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Blackpool & Fleetwood Branch Lines
  Fleetwood
  Wyre Dock / Fleetwood
  Burn Naze Halt
  Thornton for Cleveleys
Poulton Curve Halt
Poulton-le-Fylde
Poulton-le-Fylde (old)
( WCML )
Singleton
  Preston and
Layton
( Longridge Railway )
Blackpool North
Maudlands
Preston
  Blackpool Central
Lea Road
Blackpool South
Salwick
  
Kirkham and Wesham
( WCML )
  Blackpool South Shore
Wrea Green
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Moss Side
Airport interchange (Starr GateBlackpool tramway) Squires Gate
Lytham
  Gillett's Crossing Halt
Ansdell and Fairhaven
St Annes-on-the-Sea

The Blackpool Branch Line runs from Preston to Blackpool. The line diverges at Kirkham and Wesham junction - a double track branch runs to Blackpool North station (Blackpool's main passenger station), while a single track branch runs to Blackpool South station.

Preston to Blackpool North[edit]

The route is used by the bulk of Blackpool's passenger trains, providing services to Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds as well as other destinations. The planned electrification of the Manchester to Blackpool North route was announced in December 2009.[1][2]

At Poulton junction, the freight-only Burn Naze branch diverges. This serves the industrial areas and ports around Fleetwood, and used to carry passenger traffic to the town, but the line has now been lifted from Burn Naze onward.

Preston to Blackpool South[edit]

This single line branch serves Lytham St Annes as well as Blackpool Pleasure Beach, each with their own station. Currently one service per hour runs along this branch. The line was reuduced from double to single track in the early 1980s. Until 1964 it ran further North into Blackpool to serve Blackpool Central station.

Kirkham to Blackpool Central[edit]

As well as the line via Blackpool South, a flyover junction at Kirkham and Wesham provided direct access to Blackpool Central station. Blackpool Central station closed in 1964 and its site is now where the Central Car Park stands; part of the trackbed has been used for the Central Car Park access road from the M55.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (14 December 2009), "Railway lines being electrified in £200m scheme", BBC News, accessed 15 December 2009
  2. ^ Hyde, Nick (14 December 2009), "Fylde railways on track for £200m boost", The Gazette, Blackpool, accessed 15 December 2009