Castleton railway station

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Castleton National Rail
Castleton
Location
Place Castleton
Local authority Rochdale
Grid reference SD883106
Operations
Station code CAS
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.081 million
2005/06 Increase 0.086 million
2006/07 Increase 0.088 million
2007/08 Increase 0.100 million
2008/09 Increase 0.123 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.120 million
2010/11 Increase 0.127 million
2011/12 Increase 0.153 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.150 million
History
Key dates Opened 1875 (1875)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Castleton from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Castleton railway station serves Castleton in the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England. It is 8¾ miles (14 km) north of Manchester Victoria on the Caldervale Line operated and managed by Northern Rail.

Services[edit]

On Monday to Saturday daytimes, there is a half hourly service in each direction. Two per hour southbound to Manchester Victoria, with hourly extensions to Wigan Wallgate and two per hour northbound to Rochdale, with one of these continuing on to Leeds via Hebden Bridge and Brighouse. There are no longer any through services to Manchester via Oldham, this is due to closure of the Oldham Loop Line which has been converted for light rail use by Manchester Metrolink.

In the evenings and on Sundays there is an hourly service to Manchester Victoria and to Leeds via Rochdale and Bradford Interchange on the Caldervale Line

History[edit]

The original station opened in 1839 at Blue Pits on the other side of the Rochdale-Manchester Road bridge. It was originally called Blue Pits for Heywood. The current station opened on 1 November 1875. The Liverpool and Bury Railway from Bolton (extended through from Bolton and beyond in 1848 to join the earlier M&L Heywood branch previously opened in 1841) used to join the main line at a triangular junction a short distance south of the station. This was at one time a busy passenger & freight route often used by trains avoiding the busy Manchester area, but was closed to passengers on 5 October 1970.[1]

East Lancashire Railway Future[edit]

The eastern portion of this line was retained for freight traffic after passenger trains ceased (serving the coal depot at Rawtenstall until 1980 and subsequently to the Powell Duffryn wagon works) and it now forms the link with the East Lancashire Railway heritage route at Heywood.[2] The heritage line plans to extend its services along and towards a possible new bay platform adjacent to the main station in the future,[3] subject to permission being granted by Network Rail.

The bay platform (named Castleton Village) will be adjacent to the main station at Castleton, from where passengers could alight and change station sides directly to Northern Rail services on the national network. Rochdale Council commissioned a study by transport consultants Moucel in conjunction with the ELR regarding the proposals in 2010 - their report (which covers both the tourism & regeneration aspects of any such future development) can be downloaded from the ELR website.

Preceding station Heritage Railways  Proposed Heritage railways Following station
Terminus   East Lancashire Railway   Heywood
Line closed, station open

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Marshall, p.45
  2. ^ Your Heywood - Heywood Railway Station www.heywood-lancs.co.uk; Retrieved 2013-08-22
  3. ^ Minister steams in for talks on new lineBury Times news article; Retrieved 2013-08-22

References[edit]

  • The Manchester and Leeds Railway by Martin Bairstow (1983), (ISBN 0-907941-06-0)
  • Forgotten Railways: North-West England by John Marshall (1981), David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd, Newton Abbott. (ISBN 0-7153-8003-6)

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Mills Hill   Northern Rail
Caldervale Line
  Rochdale
Disused railways
Heywood
Line closed, station open
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway   Rochdale
Line and station open
Railways in Rochdale (Past, Present and Future)
To Bacup
To Calderdale
Broadley
Littleborough
Shawclough and Healey
Wardleworth
Smithy Bridge
Rochdale Town Centre
Rochdale
Newbold
Kingsway Business Park
To Bury
Milnrow
Broadfield
Newhey
To Oldham
Heywood
Castleton
Middleton
Mills Hill
To Manchester

Coordinates: 53°35′31″N 2°10′42″W / 53.5919°N 2.1783°W / 53.5919; -2.1783