Rainford railway station

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"Rainford Junction" redirects here. For the settlement known as Rainford Junction, surrounding the station, see Rainford.
Rainford National Rail
Rainford
Location
Place Rainford
Local authority St Helens
Coordinates 53°31′01″N 2°47′20″W / 53.517°N 2.789°W / 53.517; -2.789Coordinates: 53°31′01″N 2°47′20″W / 53.517°N 2.789°W / 53.517; -2.789
Grid reference SD478025
Operations
Station code RNF
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  20,061
2005/06 Increase 29,828
2006/07 Decrease 29,613
2007/08 Increase 31,656
2008/09 Increase 51,994
2009/10 Decrease 47,484
2010/11 Increase 51,356
2011/12 Increase 52,288
2012/13 Decrease 51,414
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Rainford from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Rainford railway station is situated to the north of the village of Rainford, Merseyside, England. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by Northern Rail.

History[edit]

It was built in 1858 as Rainford Junction[1] at the junction of the Liverpool and Bury Railway, the East Lancashire Railway's Skelmersdale Branch and the St. Helens Railway, replacing an earlier station (1848) called Rainford. Services on the line to St Helens were withdrawn on 18 June 1951 and to Ormskirk on 5 November 1956,[2] although goods traffic survived on both until the early 1960s. Through trains from Liverpool Exchange to Wigan Wallgate and beyond continued up to the electrification of the Merseyrail line to Kirkby in 1977. The station was renamed Rainford on 7 May 1973.

Services[edit]

Trains operate to Kirkby (for connections to Liverpool) in one direction and to Manchester Victoria via Wigan Wallgate in the other, usually every 60 minutes (Monday to Saturday).

The last service towards Kirkby departs Rainford at 18:44 hours (18:48 on Saturdays). The last Direct service to Manchester Victoria departs at 18:40 hours from Rainford with a later service for stations to Wigan Wallgate at 19:10. There is no late evening service and no service on a Sunday. A normal service operates on most Bank Holidays.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, p.193
  2. ^ Marshall, p.156

References[edit]

  • Marshall, J. (1981) Forgotten Railways North-West England, David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd, Newton Abbott. ISBN 0-7153-8003-6
  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995) Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Yeovil. ISBN 1-85260-508-1

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Kirkby   Northern Rail
Kirkby Branch Line
  Upholland
Disused railways
Hey's Crossing Halt   Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Skelmersdale Branch
  Terminus
Rainford Village   LNWR
St. Helens Railway
  Terminus