Blackpool North railway station
|Blackpool North railway station entrance|
|Managed by||Northern Rail|
|Number of platforms||8|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|29 April 1846||Opened as Talbot Road|
|Unknown date||Renamed Blackpool North|
|1974||Rebuilt on site of former excursion platforms|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Blackpool North from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
The station was opened in its present form in 1974, and succeeded a previous station a few hundred yards away on Talbot Road which had first opened in 1846 and had been rebuilt in 1898. The present station is based on the 1938 concrete canopy which covered the entrance to the former excursion platforms of the old station.
Blackpool North was on the InterCity network until 2003 when Virgin Trains withdrew HST and Voyager services to London Euston and Birmingham. Former local franchise holder First North Western ran services from Blackpool to London Euston, but these were soon discontinued. Passengers must now change at Preston for InterCity connections.
As Blackpool is a popular tourist resort, with its famous Pleasure Beach and beaches, there are many measures put in to prevent fare evasion, including automated barrier checks as well as the conductors on the train. The station is approximately half a mile along Talbot Road from the Blackpool tramway.
The first station opened on 29 April 1846 as Talbot Road, and was first rebuilt in 1898. The rebuilt station consisted of two parallel train sheds and a terminal building, in Dickson Road between Talbot Road and Queen Street. Platforms 1 to 6 were located in the sheds, with a larger island between platforms 1 and 2 to accommodate taxis. In addition, there was effectively, in all but name, a separate station at the east end of Queen Street, with open "excursion" platforms 7 to 16, used only in summer.
The station was recommended for closure in the Beeching Report (1963), but following lobbying by Blackpool Corporation it was Blackpool Central—Blackpool's other centrally-located station, but whose site was better-suited for re-development—which closed in 1964.
The main station building was demolished in 1974, replaced by the current station based on the former excursion platforms.
On 25 November 2010 it was announced that the lines between Preston and Blackpool would be electrified, along with the line between Manchester and Preston. This will result in the semaphore signalling at the station being replaced by modern colour lights controlled from Preston (and ultimately from the planned WCML North Rail Operating Centre in Manchester) and may also see the station track & platform layout altered. Work has begun to raise many of the intermediate overbridges to accommodate the overhead wires and the project is due for completion by May 2016, with the line onwards to Manchester following by the end of the year. Trains to both Manchester (Victoria & Piccadilly) and Liverpool Lime Street (as well as to the West Midlands & London) can then be worked by electric traction.
The Department for Transport has announced that Blackpool will again have through services to London after the new InterCity West Coast franchise starts at the beginning of 2013 and once the Blackpool-Preston line is electrified. It is intended that this service would operate every two hours. Meanwhile, applications to operate London-Blackpool through trains, even without the line being electrified, have been lodged by open-access operators Alliance Rail Holdings (who would use dual-mode electric/diesel trains) and Grand Central Railway (using Mark 3 coaches hauled by Class 67 diesel locomotives).
- Northern Rail operates as follows:
- 1tph (train per hour) to York via Burnley (Manchester Road), Bradford Interchange and Leeds. These services are operated by Class 158 Express Sprinter units.
- 1tph to Liverpool Lime Street via St Helens Central, with a few extensions to Liverpool South Parkway. These services are operated by Class 142 Pacer units, Class 150 Sprinter units and Class 156 Super Sprinter units.
- 1tph to Manchester Victoria via Chorley, plus one a.m peak service to Hazel Grove via Manchester Piccadilly. These services are operated by Class 142 Pacer units, Class 150 Sprinter units and Class 156 Super Sprinter units.
- First TransPennine Express operates as follows:
- Hartley, S. and Mitchell, L. (2005) PDF (25.5 MiB), Lancashire County Council Environment Directorate, accessed 30 October 2007, p.23
- Welch, M.S. (2004) Lancashire Steam Finale, Runpast Publishing, Cheltenham, ISBN 1-870754-61-1, p.26
- Suggitt, G. (2003, revised 2004) Lost Railways of Lancashire, Countryside Books, Newbury, ISBN 1-85306-801-2, p.36
- "Service will not be back on track". Blackpool Gazette. 27 May 2003. Retrieved 2008-04-16.
- "Blackpool station set for £600,000 first". Blackpool Gazette. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-16.
- Taylor, Stuart (2005). Kirkham to Blackpool (North) and Fleetwood for the Isle of Man. Bredbury: Foxline. pp. 51–52, 56, 59, 75–76. ISBN 1-870119-74-6.
- "Railways to get £8bn investment". BBC News. 26 November 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2010.
- Network Rail - Electrification in the North West Network Rail website; Retrieved 2013-08-28
- Miles, Tony (December 2010). "Blackpool through service proposed in West Coast path frenzy". Modern Railways (London). p. 6.
- GB National Rail Timetable 19 May - 7 December 2013 - Tables 41,82 & 97
- Train times and station information for Blackpool North railway station from National Rail
- Blackpool & Fylde Rail Users’ Association—Blackpool North, accessed 17 October 2007
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Kirkham and Wesham|
Blackpool Branch Line
York - Blackpool Line
|Terminus||First Transpennine Express
TransPennine North West
|Terminus||Preston and Wyre Joint Railway
Blackpool Branch Line