Blackrod railway station
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Blackrod railway station serves the village of Blackrod, England, 6.5 miles (10 km ) north west of Bolton railway station. It is just 1 1⁄4 miles (2.0 km) from the town centre of Horwich - closer than Horwich Parkway station.
It lies on the Manchester-Preston Line and is served primarily by local services run by Northern Rail. First TransPennine Express services between Manchester Airport and Preston also serve the station at peak times. Despite its high passenger usage and the recent refurbishment (see below) the station is currently unstaffed. According to Office of Rail Regulation data Blackrod is only one of four stations in the UK which has annual usage of over half a million journeys with just an hourly service (Bromsgrove, Hartlepool and Knutsford being the other three).[original research?]
The station was opened on 4 February 1841 as Horwich Road by the Manchester and Bolton Railway. It was renamed Horwich and Blackrod, then Horwich Junction, then Horwich and Blackrod junction, finally Blackrod in 1888 
Blackrod was once the junction for a short branch to serve the original Horwich station (closed to passengers in 1965) and Horwich Locomotive Works (sold in 1988, after which the line was closed and lifted). Until the 1980s, Blackrod had a poor frequency of service, but for many years it has been a popular commuter station.
Technical Railway Information
The station had until recently a signal box, the only one on the entire Manchester to Preston route. This had outlasted the others as it acted as the 'fringe' to both the Manchester Piccadilly signalling centre and Preston PSB. The train description system used in the Preston installation was incompatible with that installed at Piccadilly so the signaller at Blackrod had to transfer train data manually from one system to the other as each one passed through his/her control area. A similar situation exists at Bromley Cross on the Bolton to Blackburn line, where the two control areas also overlap.
Network Rail announced in May 2012 that the box was due to be abolished in January 2013, with control passing to the Piccadilly signalling centre. This is part of a programme of signalling renewals associated with the planned electrification of the Manchester to Preston line (due for completion in 2016). The box was duly decommissioned on 10 February 2013 and subsequently demolished.
Over one million pounds' worth of improvements to the station (including the removal of the footbridge shown in the photo and its replacement with step-free access ramps) were completed in November 2012.
- Butt, R.V.J., (1995) The Directory of Railway Stations, Yeovil: Patrick Stephens
- BR Timetable 1973, table 96
- "Blackrod Station - Blackrod Junction signal box". www.blackrod.org.uk. Retrieved 2008-10-04.
- "Bromley Cross signal box". www.signalbox.org. Retrieved 2008-10-04.
- Blackrod Station - Past & Present www.blackrod.org website news article; Retrieved 2012-10-29
- "Passengers to benefit from over £1 million investment at Blackrod station". Northern Rail News. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
- "Passenger Train Slots" (PDF). www.rail-reg.gov.uk. Retrieved 2008-10-04.
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- Train times and station information for Blackrod railway station from National Rail
- Blackrod Station - Past & Present
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
TransPennine North West
Line and station open
|Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Bolton and Preston Railway
Line open, station closed
|Terminus||Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Line and station closed