Lancaster railway station
|Local authority||City of Lancaster|
|Managed by||Virgin Trains|
|Number of platforms||5|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Lancaster and Carlisle Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London and North Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|22 September 1846||Opened as Lancaster Castle|
|5 May 1969||Renamed Lancaster|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Lancaster from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
|Morecambe, Lancaster & Heysham Port|
Lancaster railway station (formerly known as Lancaster Castle railway station) is a railway station that serves the city of Lancaster in Lancashire, England. It is one of the principal stations on the West Coast Main Line.
Originally known as Lancaster Castle Station in order to distinguish it from the first Lancaster Station (1840–1849), Lancaster station was officially opened on 21 September 1846. The first public service ran into the station on 17 December the same year. The station was built as the southern terminus of the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway after the initial planned route for the line - following the Lancaster Canal and crossing the River Lune from Ladies Walk to Skerton - was changed in favour of a cheaper route west of the city.
The station was remodelled in 1902 when additional lines and platforms were added and further station buildings constructed. The new buildings were styled mock-Elizabethan with the intention of mirroring the battlements of the nearby Lancaster Castle. Platforms 5 and 6 were electrified in 1908 to serve the now-closed Midland Railway route to Morecambe and Heysham. This line closed in January 1966 and the overhead line equipment was removed.
The track layout in the station area was rationalised in 1973 when control of the signalling was transferred to the new Preston Power Signal Box. This included the removal of the track from Platform 6, although this platform had seen no regular use for some time prior to this. The West Coast Main Line through Lancaster was electrified in 1974, and regular electric passenger services recommenced at the station 7 May 1974.
Lancaster railway station has five platforms currently in use.
- Platform 1 - North facing bay platform for services to Carnforth, then Leeds to Morecambe Line to Leeds or the Furness Line to Barrow in Furness (These services may also leave from Platforms 3, 4 or 5)
- Platform 2 - north facing bay platform for services to Carnforth, then Leeds to Morecambe Line to Leeds or the Furness Line to Barrow in Furness(These services may also leave from Platforms 3, 4 or 5)
- Platform 3 - bidirectional through platform commonly used by trains to the north
- Platform 4 - bidirectional through platform commonly used by trains to the south
- Platform 5 - bidirectional through platform
In addition, there are two central through lines for non-stop passenger trains and freight traffic. There was previously a Platform 6, and although the platform face remains, the track has been removed.
Lancaster is served by several train operators.
- Virgin Trains operate express trains from London Euston to Glasgow Central using Pendolino trains, and from London Euston to Glasgow and Edinburgh via Birmingham New Street using Virgin Super Voyager or Virgin Pendolino trains. Early morning or late evening services to/from Edinburgh Waverley/Glasgow Central or Carlisle start or terminate at Birmingham New Street or Crewe and some peak services to and from London terminate and start at Lancaster. These services normally use platforms 3 and 4.
- TransPennine Express operate regional express services from Manchester Airport and Preston to Barrow-in-Furness via the Furness Line and Windermere via the Windermere Branch Line using Class 185 DMU's, and from Manchester Airport to Edinburgh and Glasgow via the West Coast Main Line using Class 350 EMU's. These services also use platforms 3 and 4.
- Northern Rail operate local services, along the Furness Line to Barrow-in-Furness, the Morecambe Branch Line to Morecambe and Heysham and the Leeds to Morecambe Line to Skipton and Leeds. They also operate a single daily service from Buxton, but no corresponding service back. These services are operated using diesel multiple units of Classes 142, 150, 153 and 156, and normally use platforms 1, 2 and 5.
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