Squires Gate railway station

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Squires Gate National Rail
Squires Gate
Location
Place Squires Gate
Local authority Fylde
Coordinates 53°46′38″N 3°03′01″W / 53.7773°N 3.0503°W / 53.7773; -3.0503Coordinates: 53°46′38″N 3°03′01″W / 53.7773°N 3.0503°W / 53.7773; -3.0503
Grid reference SD30883173
Operations
Station code SQU
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  13,699
2005/06 Increase 14,815
2006/07 Increase 16,655
2007/08 Increase 17,986
2008/09 Increase 18,914
2009/10 Increase 19,514
2010/11 Increase 22,344
2011/12 Decrease 21,300
2012/13 Decrease 20,394
History
1 April 1865 Stony Hill Station opened
1872 Stony Hill Station closed
14 September 1931 Squires Gate Station opened[1]
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Squires Gate from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Squires Gate railway station serves the Squires Gate area of the popular seaside resort of Blackpool, Lancashire, England. It lies on the Blackpool South to Colne line and is the nearest station to Blackpool International Airport. Squires Gate is located about 200 metres (660 ft) from Starr Gate tram stop on the Blackpool Tramway.

History[edit]

Between 1865 and 1872, Stony Hill railway station was located in the same area.[2]

The present station opened on 14 September 1931 by the LMS.

For some years, camping coaches were situated in the siding to the north east of the present station.[citation needed]

Services[edit]

Squires gate is served by an hourly service northbound to Blackpool South and southbound to Preston and Colne operated by Northern Rail who also manage the station. the majority of services on the line are operated by Class 142 Pacer trains.

Future[edit]

Squires Gate may be renamed Blackpool International Station at some point, along with the provision of direct and flat surface access from the station to the airport.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Blackpool History” PDF (175 KiB), Blackpool Borough Council Tourism Division, accessed 17 October 2007
  2. ^ Welch, M.S. (2004) Lancashire Steam Finale, Runpast Publishing, Cheltenham, ISBN 1-870754-61-1, p.31
  3. ^ "Blackpool Airport - Masterplan" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-04-16. 

Sources[edit]

  • Bairstow, Martin (2001). Railways of Blackpool and the Fylde. Martin Bairstow Publications. ISBN 1-871944-23-6. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Blackpool
Pleasure Beach
  Northern Rail
Blackpool Branch Line
  St Annes-
-on-the-Sea
Historical railways
South Shore   London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Blackpool and Lytham Railway
  St Annes-
-on-the-Sea