Lelant Saltings railway station

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Lelant Saltings National Rail
Lelant Saltings
Looking north
Location
Place Lelant
Local authority Cornwall
Coordinates 50°10′42″N 5°26′32″W / 50.17830°N 5.44226°W / 50.17830; -5.44226Coordinates: 50°10′42″N 5°26′32″W / 50.17830°N 5.44226°W / 50.17830; -5.44226
Grid reference SW543366
Operations
Station code LTS
Managed by First Great Western
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03 17,001
2004/05 Increase 18,281
2005/06 Increase 23,774
2006/07 Decrease 653
2007/08 Decrease 251
2008/09 Increase 554
2009/10 Increase 622
2010/11 Increase 17,224
2011/12 Increase 101,284
2012/13 Increase 107,780
History
Original company British Rail
Opened 1978
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Lelant Saltings from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Lelant Saltings railway station (Cornish: Holanek Lannanta[1]) was opened on 27 May 1978 to provide a park and ride facility for visitors to St Ives, Cornwall, England. It is situated on the A3074 road close to the junction with the A30 near the foot of the hill up to Lelant village.

History[edit]

The station opened on 27 May 1978 and had a car park for 300 vehicles. A return ticket to St Ives cost £0.60. Cornwall County Council provided £35,000 to build the car park and Penwith District Council paid £15,000 to build the platform. During the first summer nearly 136,000 people were carried from the station, with 3,000 cars using the car park in peak weeks. Nearly 40% of users surveyed said that they would not have visited St Ives if the park and ride was not available.[2]

Usage statistics from the Office of Rail Regulation showed a dramatic fluctuation in passenger numbers: this is most noticeable at Lelant Saltings where the figure was more than 23,000 journeys in the year ending in March 2006, but only 653 attributed to the station the following year.[3] 2006-07 saw a significant decrease in recorded passenger numbers when rover tickets were excluded from the figures.[4]

  2002-03 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12
Entries 8,092 8,632 11,693 317 116 227 311 8,612 50,642
Exits 8,909 9,649 12,081 336 135 227 311 8,612 50,642
Total 17,001 18,281 23,774 653 251 554 622 17,224 101,284

The statistics cover twelve month periods that start in April.

Description[edit]

The station is 0.5 miles (800 m) north of St Erth and faces the Hayle Estuary. There is just a single platform [5] built from pre-cast concrete components, which is on the left of trains arriving from St Erth.

St Ives Town F.C. play their football matches on a pitch at The Saltings next to the station.

Services[edit]

All trains are operated by First Great Western between St Ives and St Erth, although a few are extended beyond St Erth to Penzance. Trains are half hourly through most of the week.[6]

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
First Great Western

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.magakernow.org.uk/idoc.ashx?docid=f3fabe0c-206f-4e0c-8889-4ce4a5060e5b&version=-1
  2. ^ "Success for St Ives rail link". Modern Railways (Ian Allan Ltd) 35 (362): 490. November 1978. ISSN 0026-8356. 
  3. ^ "Station Usage". Rail Statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Retrieved 2010-03-25. 
  4. ^ "Station usage report 2006-07". Office of the Rail Regulator. Retrieved 2011-11-09.  (page 10)
  5. ^ Jacobs, Gerald (2005). Railway Track Diagrams Book 3: Western. Bradford-on-Avon: Trackmaps. ISBN 0-9549866-1-X. 
  6. ^ "St Erth - St Ives" (PDF). Network Rail. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
This station offers access to the South West Coast Path
Distance to path 150 yards (140 m)
Next station anticlockwise Lelant 0.75 miles (1 km)
Next station clockwise Hayle 2 miles (3 km)