Blackpool South railway station

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Blackpool South National Rail
Blackpool South
A Class 150 Sprinter unit waits to depart with a service to Colne on 4 January 2006
Location
Place South Shore
Local authority Blackpool
Coordinates 53°47′54″N 3°02′56″W / 53.7983°N 3.0488°W / 53.7983; -3.0488Coordinates: 53°47′54″N 3°02′56″W / 53.7983°N 3.0488°W / 53.7983; -3.0488
Grid reference SD310340
Operations
Station code BPS
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  82,804
2005/06 Increase 83,004
2006/07 Increase 94,094
2007/08 Increase 105,193
2008/09 Increase 106,822
2009/10 Increase 120,294
2010/11 Increase 130,674
2011/12 Increase 144,364
2012/13 Decrease 132,356
History
30 May 1903 Opened as Waterloo Road
17 March 1932[1] Renamed Blackpool South
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Blackpool South from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Blackpool South railway station serves the suburban south of the popular seaside resort of Blackpool, Lancashire, England. It is the terminus of the South Fylde Line from Kirkham and Wesham, though most services run through from Colne. It lies only a short walk from Blackpool Football Club's stadium at Bloomfield Road. The station is managed by Northern Rail, who operate all trains serving it.

History[edit]

The station was originally called Waterloo Road station when it opened in 1903, at the junction with a newly built express Marton Line direct from Kirkham. It had four platforms [2] (two for each line at the junction) and soon became a busy station. Until November 1964, the line extended north from here to Blackpool Central. There were extensive sidings to accommodate the many excursion trains which came to Blackpool.

The Marton Line closed to regular traffic in 1965;[3] its track bed is now the road called Yeadon Way and the M55 motorway.

The station continued to handle through trains from Manchester, Liverpool and London until 1970, when these were all diverted to North station at the other end of town. It was then reduced to local status only, although it kept its signal box, two working platform faces and double track until 1982. The box was notable in that it was located on the opposite side of Waterloo Road bridge from the station and so could not see the tracks & platforms it controlled, instead being surrounded by the disused railway land once occupied by the main line & aforementioned sidings.[4] After the line was singled west of St Annes and the box was abolished, all trains used the former northbound platform and continue to do so to the present day.

For much of the 1970s and early 1980s nearly all services terminated at Kirkham, where passengers were forced to change if wanting to travel further east but since 1988 they have been integrated with those on the East Lancashire Line, a timetable pattern that remains in place as of 2013.

Services[edit]

Blackpool South currently has an hourly service to Colne via Lytham, Preston, Blackburn and Burnley. Services are normally formed of Class 142 Pacer units or Class 150 Sprinter units operated by Northern Rail.

Blackpool North lies at the other end of the town, and is unconnected to Blackpool South. More frequent and express services depart from North Station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995), The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, p.36
  2. ^ Blackpool & Fylde Rail Users’ Association—Blackpool South, accessed 17 October 2007
  3. ^ Suggitt, G. (2003, revised 2004) Lost Railways of Lancashire, Countryside Books, Newbury, ISBN 1-85306-801-2, p.46
  4. ^ Blackpool South signal box in the early 1970s after closure of line to Blackpool CentralRCTS; Retrieved 2013-10-23

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Terminus   Northern Rail
Blackpool Branch Line
  Blackpool
Pleasure Beach
Disused railways
Blackpool Central   Preston and Wyre Joint Railway
Marton Line 1903–1965
  Kirkham & Wesham
Historical railways
Blackpool Central   Blackpool and Lytham Railway   Lytham Road