Heysham Port railway station
|Managed by||Northern Rail|
|Number of platforms||1|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Midland Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|11 July 1904||Opened as Heysham Harbour|
|4 May 1970||Relocated|
|6 October 1975||Closed|
|11 May 1987||Reopened as Heysham Sea Terminal|
|28 September 1992||Renamed Heysham Port|
|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 Heysham Port from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
|Morecambe, Lancaster & Heysham Port|
A twice-daily service formerly served the railway station (the first around midday with a second approximately an hour later), which connected with the ferry to Douglas in the Isle of Man. These services were operated by Northern Rail as an extension of the Lancaster-Morecambe shuttle. A Sunday service ran during the summer months.
From December 2008 however the service has been reduced to one train each way per day, which runs to and from Leeds. This is scheduled to arrive at 12:57 (12:54 on Saturdays), returning to Leeds at 13:15. A Sunday service (of two trains each way) operates in summer 2013 from the mid-May timetable change until mid-September, having previously done so from 2009-12.
The train service was temporarily suspended in March 2011 for sixteen weeks (late March until mid-July), as the Barrow-based drivers who normally operate the daily service were unavailable due to the Arnside viaduct engineering blockade. A replacement bus service ran to and from Lancaster for the duration of the work, which was completed in time for a resumption of train services on 18 July.
The station, which was first opened under the name Heysham Harbour (hence its current station code) by the Midland Railway on 11 July 1904, and relocated to an adjacent site on 4 May 1970, served boat trains for Belfast until the closure of the ferry route in April 1975. The train service was then withdrawn a few months later (on 6 October), but reinstated, with the station renamed Heysham Sea Terminal, on 11 May 1987 to provide a rail connection with the daily sailing to Douglas. The station acquired its present name on 28 September 1992.
The station formerly had additional platforms (which can still be seen), two signal boxes (replaced by a single BR timber structure in 1970), a Shell fuel oil distribution terminal and also a frequent EMU local service to and from Lancaster via Morecambe (which began in 1908), but this ended in January 1966  when the old Midland route to Lancaster Green Ayre fell victim to the Beeching Axe. The overhead electrification on the branch was removed at the same time.
After passenger services ceased, the BR-era Harbour signal box was mothballed in 1977 and the signalling removed, with the section from the station to Heysham Moss sidings being thereafter operated as a single line (under One Train Working regulations) and the lever frame used purely for shunting operations. Although the remaining oil sidings & redundant platform lines had all been lifted by the time passenger trains resumed in 1987, the box survived intact (but boarded up) until 1995, when it was finally dismantled & sold for reuse on the heritage Dean Forest Railway. The land formerly occupied by the oil sidings is now used by the Port of Heysham as a lorry park.
The branch continues to handle occasional freight trains operated by Direct Rail Services from the reprocessing plant at Sellafield to the nearby Heysham nuclear power station. Trains run once or twice-weekly and use a private siding that diverges from the surviving single track a short distance east of the station. Access to this is by means of a ground frame unlocked & operated by the train crew and the trains are usually worked with a locomotive at each end to avoid the need for run-round moves when it reverses at Morecambe.
- Northern Rail Leeds to Morecambe Timetable December 2008-May 2009 www.northernrail.org Accessed 2008-11-21
- NR Timetables - Table 98: Lancaster to Morecambe & Heysham. May to December 2009 Network Rail website; retrieved 2009-05-01
- Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 119. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199.
- Marshall, p.158
- Steaming Around Britain's Steam Age Railways - Dean Forest Railwaycrjennings.com; Retrieved 2013-12-05
- Marshall, J (1981) Forgotten Railways North-West England, David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd, Newton Abbott. ISBN 0-7153-8003-6
- Train times and station information for Heysham Port railway station from National Rail
- Heysham Line Rail Photos 1980 - 2006
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Morecambe Branch Line
|Terminus||Isle of Man Steam Packet
|Morecambe Promenade||Midland Railway
North Western Line