Accrington railway station

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Accrington National Rail
Accrington railway station in 2007.jpg
Place Accrington
Local authority Hyndburn
Grid reference SD757285
Station code ACR
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.216 million
2005/06 Increase 0.224 million
2006/07 Increase 0.237 million
2007/08 Increase 0.260 million
2008/09 Increase 0.276 million
2009/10 Increase 0.279 million
2010/11 Increase 0.313 million
2011/12 Increase 0.346 million
2012/13 Increase 0.363 million
2013/14 Increase 0.370 million
2014/15 Increase 0.382 million
Original company East Lancashire Railway
Pre-grouping Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
19 June 1848 Station opens
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Accrington from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Accrington railway station serves the town of Accrington in Lancashire, England. It is a station on the East Lancashire Line 6 14 miles (10.1 km) east of Blackburn railway station operated by Northern Rail.

It is also served by Caldervale Line express services between Blackpool North, York and Leeds.


The station was opened in 1848 by the East Lancashire Railway, which amalgamated with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in 1859. Taken into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923, the line then passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

The station was formerly a major junction on the ELR, with the line to Bury and Salford diverging southwards from that towards Blackburn & Preston at the western end of the station, just before the impressive viaduct that carries the line over the town centre. This was for many years a busy commuter route carrying regular trains from Skipton and Colne to Manchester Victoria, but it fell victim to the Beeching Axe in the sixties and closed to passengers on 5 December 1966.[1] Few traces of this route remain today, the formation through the town (including part of the notorious 1 in 40 Baxenden Bank) having been built over.

When Sectorisation was introduced, the station was served by Regional Railways until the Privatisation of British Railways.

Buildings and structures[edit]

The station has two side platforms, flanking the twin-track railway line. Other than two small shelters (one on each platform) there is no protection from the elements; indeed, even with the recent improvements, the whole impression is one of a basic halt. It offers disabled access via ramps adjacent to the platforms.

In 2011 the station underwent a major rebuild, as part of a project to create a model of sustainable energy use for a railway station. This redevelopment cost £2 million, of which £500,000 was funded by the European Union's Interreg IVB programme. The previously existing ticket office has been demolished, and was replaced by a new build and constructed, where possible, with local materials including recycled stone. The building uses a rainwater harvesting system, photovoltaic cells and solar hot water generation panels on the new tower.[2]


There is an hourly service from Accrington to Blackpool North (westbound) and Leeds/York (eastbound) on the Caldervale Line. This now also runs hourly on Sundays since the May 2009 timetable change,[3] though it was suspended beyond Burnley (with a replacement bus connection to/from Hebden Bridge) due to ongoing engineering work at Holme Tunnel between November 2013 and late March 2014.

These call at Blackburn, Preston, Poulton-le-Fylde & Blackpool North westbound and Burnley Manchester Road, Hebden Bridge, Halifax, Bradford Interchange, New Pudsey, Leeds, Cross Gates, Garforth, East Garforth, Micklefield, Church Fenton (2-hourly) and York eastbound.

On the East Lancashire Line, Monday to Saturday daytimes, there is an hourly service from Accrington to Blackpool South (westbound) and Colne (eastbound). There was also a solitary Mon-Fri morning commuter service from Colne to Manchester Victoria that formerly called here, along with a corresponding return working during the evening. This was however withdrawn at the May 2009 timetable change[4] (it was diverted to run to Clitheroe instead).

There is a two-hourly service in each direction on Sundays. These call at all stops (except Salwick), including the major stations of Preston, Blackburn and Burnley Central.

From May 2015, direct services to Manchester Victoria have resumed (after a gap of almost 50 years) with the reopening of the Todmorden Curve.[5] These start at Blackburn and continue onwards through Burnley Manchester Road, using the Caldervale Line south of Todmorden to reach Rochdale and Manchester. An hourly service each way operates on this route throughout the week.[6]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Church and Oswaldtwistle   Northern Rail
East Lancashire Line
Blackburn   Northern Rail
Caldervale Line
  Burnley Manchester Road
Disused railways
Church and Oswaldtwistle
Line and station open
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway   Baxenden
Line and station closed
Line and station open


  1. ^ Marshall, J. (1981): pp. 40
  2. ^ Morant, Andrew (2011-01-12). "Welcome to Acc-green-ton". Rail Magazine (661) (Bauer Media Group). pp. 54–57. 
  3. ^ Northern Rail Timetable 8 - York to Blackpool 17 May - 12 December 2009 Northern Rail website; retrieved 2009-06-24
  4. ^ Northern Rail Timetable 9 - Colne to Preston & Blackpool 17 May - 12 December 2009 Northern Rail website; retrieved 2009-05-08
  5. ^ New Manchester Route will Revive Burnley Branch Station Magill, P, Lancashire Telegraph news article; Retrieved 2013-10-23
  6. ^ Northern Rail timetable - Manchester Victoria to Blackburn via Todmorden from 17 May 2015Northern Rail; Retrieved 20 May 2015


  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 0-9068-9999-0. OCLC 228266687. 
  • Marshall, J. (1981) Forgotten Railways: North-West England, David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd, Newton Abbott. ISBN 0-7153-8003-6

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Coordinates: 53°45′11″N 2°22′12″W / 53.753°N 2.370°W / 53.753; -2.370