Rufford railway station

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Rufford National Rail
Rufford
Location
Place Rufford
Local authority West Lancashire
Grid reference SD466156
Operations
Station code RUF
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  16,644
2005/06 Decrease 16,485
2006/07 Increase 18,949
2007/08 Decrease 18,527
2008/09 Steady 18,527
2009/10 Increase 21,576
2010/11 Decrease 19,574
2011/12 Decrease 18,076
2012/13 Increase 19,978
History
Key dates Opened 1849 (1849)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Rufford from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Rufford railway station, opened on 2 April 1849, serves the village of Rufford in Lancashire, England. The station is (9½ miles) south west of Preston on the Preston-Ormskirk branch service. The line was formerly the Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway, which was quickly merged into the East Lancashire Railway on 3 August 1846 into the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway.

The level crossing brings Rufford to a halt as the line runs across the B5246, the aptly named "Station Road". This is supervised from the nearby signal box, which also controls the only passing loop on the otherwise single track branch line.

History[edit]

Direct trains to Liverpool via Ormskirk were withdrawn from Rufford station in October 1969, though Liverpool trains continued to run through until May of the following year. From July 1970, Rufford became the only passing point on the truncated Preston-Ormskirk branchline. Over that same summer, the station was rebuilt, with its wooden platforms and substantial station building demolished and replaced with more functional and basic facilities.

Until the late 1980s, peak-hour trains on the Preston-Ormskirk line continued to cross at Rufford station, but the service was further reduced, leaving the branchline to be operated by a single DMU running essentially along a long siding. Rufford's Victorian signalbox was demolished in October 1988 and replaced with a portakabin like structure on the site of the former station building. Over the past twenty five years, changes in the station's layout and traction have been minimal. The portakabin signal box is due to close, along with that at Midge Hall, in 2017.[1]

Service[edit]

On Mondays to Saturdays there is a service westbound to Ormskirk to connect with the Merseyrail service to Liverpool Central and eastbound to Preston roughly every ninety minutes (twelve trains each way in total).

There is no Sunday service.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Section C - 2017". Signalbox.org. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Croston   Northern Rail
Ormskirk Branch Line
Mondays-Saturdays only
  Burscough Junction
Disused railways
Terminus   Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Burscough Curves North
  Burscough Bridge

Coordinates: 53°38′06″N 2°48′25″W / 53.635°N 2.807°W / 53.635; -2.807