Wennington railway station
|Managed by||Northern Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Key dates||Opened 1850|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Wennington from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Wennington railway station serves the village of Wennington in Lancashire, England. It is situated on the Leeds to Morecambe Line and operated by Northern Rail, who provide all passenger train services.
Originally opened by the Little North Western Railway in 1850 on their line between Skipton and Morecambe, the station was rebuilt & expanded in 1865 prior to the opening of the Furness and Midland Joint Railway from Carnforth in 1867. Thereafter it became a busy junction, with many passenger trains calling to detach through carriages for Carnforth from the main Morecambe portion if heading west or attaching them if heading east. A number of local services (mainly from the Carnforth line) also originated or terminated there.
Much of this activity ended with the withdrawal of local stopping trains on the Carnforth line in 1960 (though it remained in use for through services) and the closure of the Lancaster line to passengers in January 1966. The latter was then closed to all traffic the following year and subsequently lifted, although the abandoned trackbed can still seen. The original station buildings have also been demolished and replaced by shelters, although the signal box remained in use as the last remaining block post on the line until 1988 - it was then closed & permanently "switched out" but wasn't formally abolished and removed until 2006.
The junction was the site of a derailment on 11 August 1880 in which eight people were killed.
From Monday to Saturday, there are five daily services to Lancaster (journey time 25mins) and to Skipton & Leeds (1hr20). All but the first of the daily westbound departures continue onwards to Morecambe.
On Sundays there are four services in each direction all year round since the May 2011 timetable change - prior to this the first two departures each way ran only during the summer months.
- Binns, p.27
- Binns, p.42
- Red for Danger by L.T.C. Rolt publ 1955, page 164-5
- GB National Rail Timetable, Dec 2013-May 2014; Table 36
- Binns, D. (1982), The Little North Western Railway, Wyvern Publications, Skipton, ISBN 0-907941-01-X.
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