Acklington railway station

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Acklington National Rail
Acklington Railway Station Oct 2007.jpg
Location
Place Acklington
Local authority County of Northumberland
Grid reference NU222015
Operations
Station code ACK
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 192
2012/13 Decrease 184
2013/14 Decrease 176
2014/15 Increase 206
2015/16 Increase 296
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Acklington from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Acklington railway station is on the East Coast Main Line in the United Kingdom, serving the village of Acklington, Northumberland. It is 296 miles 19 chains (476.7 km) down-line from London King's Cross and is situated between Widdrington to the south and Alnmouth to the north. Its three-letter station code is ACK.

In the current (December 2016) timetable the only trains calling at Acklington are one northbound and two southbound local services operated on Mondays to Saturdays only by Northern, which also manages the station.

History[edit]

Opened in 1847 by the York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway,[1] then joining the North Eastern Railway, it became part of the London and North Eastern Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The line then passed on to the Eastern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

When Sectorisation was introduced, the station was served by Regional Railways until the Privatisation of British Railways. Intercity Sector trains passed through on the East Coast Main Line.

The station has a substantial main building on the northbound side, which is Grade-II listed and now used as a private residence.[2] It also had a goods yard and signal box. The station avoided the Beeching Axe in the late 1960s that claimed several others on the East Coast main line and until the late 1980s had through trains to Berwick-upon-Tweed and Edinburgh Waverley (though only 3-4 per day each way in total).[3] Electrification of the ECML and a rolling stock shortage led to the timetable being cut to the present residual level in 1991.

Facilities[edit]

The station is unstaffed (so tickets must be purchased in advance or on the train) and only has basic amenities - a sizeable stone shelter and payphone on the southbound platform and a cycle rack on the northbound side.[4] Step-free access is available to both platforms.

Service[edit]

The three departures each weekday run at 18:25 northbound to Alnmouth and Chathill and southbound at 07:39 and 19:30 to Newcastle (the latter train continues to Hexham). The Saturdays timetable has the same frequency but southbound trains depart at 07:39 and 18:56 (both to Newcastle) and the northbound service at 17:38.[5]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Widdrington   Northern
East Coast Main Line
Mondays-Saturdays only
  Alnmouth
Historical railways
Chevington   London and North Eastern Railway
North Eastern Railway
  Warkworth

References[edit]

  1. ^ Milner, Chris, ed. (November 2016). "Britain's least used stations". The Railway Magazine. Vol. 162 no. 1,388. Horncastle: Mortons Media. p. 30. ISSN 0033-8923. 
  2. ^ Historic England - Acklington Station Pastscape.org
  3. ^ "A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE EAST COAST MAIN LINE IN NORTHUMBERLAND" Young, Alan Disused Stations Site Record; Retrieved 8 February 2017
  4. ^ Acklington station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  5. ^ Table 48 National Rail timetable, December 2016

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 55°18′25″N 1°39′07″W / 55.307°N 1.652°W / 55.307; -1.652