Blackpool North railway station

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Blackpool North National Rail
Blackpool North
Blackpool North railway station entrance
Location
Place Blackpool
Local authority Blackpool
Coordinates 53°49′18″N 3°02′57″W / 53.8218°N 3.0493°W / 53.8218; -3.0493Coordinates: 53°49′18″N 3°02′57″W / 53.8218°N 3.0493°W / 53.8218; -3.0493
Grid reference SD310366
Operations
Station code BPN
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 8
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  1.664 million
2005/06 Decrease 1.610 million
2006/07 Increase 1.673 million
2007/08 Increase 1.684 million
2008/09 Decrease 1.621 million
2009/10 Decrease 1.613 million
2010/11 Increase 1.712 million
2011/12 Increase 1.725 million
- Interchange 5,979
2012/13 Decrease 1.683 million
- Interchange Decrease 4,578
History
29 April 1846 Opened as Talbot Road[1][2][3]
1898 Rebuilt[1]
Unknown date Renamed Blackpool North
1974 Rebuilt on site of former excursion platforms
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* 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.
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Panorama of the interior of Blackpool North station.

Blackpool North railway station is the main railway station serving the seaside resort of Blackpool in Lancashire, England. It is the terminus of the main Blackpool branch line from Preston.

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.[4] 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.

Blackpool's other station, Blackpool South, is situated in the south of the town, with services towards Preston and Colne, and does not connect to Blackpool North.

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[5] as well as the conductors on the train. The station is approximately half a mile along Talbot Road from the Blackpool tramway.

History[edit]

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.[6]

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 buildings, train shed & platforms were decommissioned and demolished in 1974, replaced by the current station based on the former excursion platforms.

Electrification[edit]

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.[7] This will result in the semaphore signalling at the station being replaced by modern colour lights controlled from the WCML North Rail Operating Centre in Manchester and will also see the station track & platform layout altered (the current eight curved platforms will be reduced to six on a straighter alignment than at present). Work has begun to raise many of the intermediate overbridges to accommodate the overhead wires and the project was due for completion by May 2016,[8] with the line onwards to Manchester following by the end of the year. This has since been pushed back to March 2017 so that the track remodelling & resignalling work can be carried out at the same time as the wiring, reducing disruption to passengers (as only one period of closure will be required).[9] 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.

Future services[edit]

The Department for Transport has announced that Blackpool will again have through services to London after the Blackpool-Preston line is electrified. It is intended that this service would operate every two hours.

Alliance Rail t/a Great North Western Railway Company (GNWR) have Network Rail backing to operate services between London Euston and Blackpool North. The services are proposed to start in 2017 using Pendolino trains. [10][11]

Services[edit]

The station is served by Northern Rail and First TransPennine Express.[12]

All First TransPennine Express services are operated by Class 185 Desiro units.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hartley, S. and Mitchell, L. (2005) Lancashire Historic Town Survey—Blackpool PDF (25.5 MiB), Lancashire County Council Environment Directorate, accessed 30 October 2007, p.23
  2. ^ Welch, M.S. (2004) Lancashire Steam Finale, Runpast Publishing, Cheltenham, ISBN 1-870754-61-1, p.26
  3. ^ Suggitt, G. (2003, revised 2004) Lost Railways of Lancashire, Countryside Books, Newbury, ISBN 1-85306-801-2, p.36
  4. ^ "Service will not be back on track". Blackpool Gazette. 27 May 2003. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  5. ^ "Blackpool station set for £600,000 first". Blackpool Gazette. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Railways to get £8bn investment". BBC News. 26 November 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  8. ^ Network Rail - Electrification in the North West Network Rail website; Retrieved 2013-08-28
  9. ^ "Electrification to be shunted back into 2017'Blackpool Gazette news article 21-06-2014; Retrieved 2014-09-06
  10. ^ http://www.globalrailnews.com/2014/06/12/gnwr-granted-access-to-west-coast-main-line/
  11. ^ http://www.alliancerail.co.uk/wp-content/themes/alliance/GNWR%20Application/track%20access%20contract/track%20access%20contract.pdf
  12. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 19 May - 7 December 2013 - Tables 41,82 & 97

External links[edit]

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Terminus   Northern Rail
York - Blackpool Line
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