Lancaster railway station

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This article is about the railway station in England. For the original Lancaster station (1840–1849), see Lancaster (Greaves) railway station. For Lancaster station in Pennsylvania, see Lancaster (Amtrak station). For Lancaster station in California, see Lancaster (Metrolink station).
Lancaster National Rail
Lancaster
Location
Place Lancaster
Local authority City of Lancaster
Coordinates 54°02′53″N 2°48′25″W / 54.048°N 2.807°W / 54.048; -2.807Coordinates: 54°02′53″N 2°48′25″W / 54.048°N 2.807°W / 54.048; -2.807
Grid reference SD472617
Operations
Station code LAN
Managed by Virgin Trains
Number of platforms 5
DfT category B
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  1.270 million
2005/06 Increase 1.317 million
2006/07 Increase 1.396 million
2007/08 Increase 1.498 million
2008/09 Increase 1.559 million
2009/10 Increase 1.656 million
2010/11 Increase 1.788 million
2011/12 Increase 1.834 million
2012/13 Increase 1.850 million
2013/14 Increase 1.915 million
History
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[1]
1902 Remodelled
5 May 1969 Renamed Lancaster[1]
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* 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.
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Morecambe, Lancaster
& Heysham Port
West Coast Main Line north
Bare Lane
Morecambe
Heysham Port
Lancaster
West Coast Main Line south

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.


History[edit]

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.

Services[edit]

Lancaster railway station has five platforms currently in use.

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.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Preston   Virgin Trains
West Coast Main Line
  Oxenholme Lake District or
Penrith North Lakes or
Carlisle
Preston or
Bare Lane or
terminus
  TransPennine Express
TransPennine North West
  Carnforth or
Oxenholme Lake District or
Penrith North Lakes
Terminus   Northern Rail
Furness Line
  Carnforth
Bare Lane   Northern Rail
Leeds to Morecambe Line
  Carnforth
Terminus   Northern Rail
Morecambe Branch Line
  Bare Lane
Historical railways
Terminus   Furness Railway   Hest Bank
Galgate   London and North Western Railway
Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
  Hest Bank
Disused railways
Terminus   Midland Railway
"Little" North Western Railway
  Lancaster Green Ayre
Terminus   London and North Western Railway
Glasson Dock Branch Line
  Ashton Hall

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199.  p. 138

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