Appley Bridge railway station

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Appley Bridge National Rail
Appley Bridge railway station (geograph 4531272).jpg
Appley Bridge station in 2015, with a Northern Rail Class 150 at the Southport-bound platform, seen from the Appley Lane North road bridge.
Location
PlaceAppley Bridge
Local authorityWest Lancashire
Grid referenceSD524093
Operations
Station codeAPB
Managed byNorthern Trains
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 0.243 million
2015/16Increase 0.247 million
2016/17Decrease 0.246 million
2017/18Decrease 0.231 million
2018/19Decrease 0.224 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTEGreater Manchester
History
9 April 1855Station opens
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
  • Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Appley Bridge from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Appley Bridge railway station serves the villages of Appley Bridge and Shevington, both in Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester in England. The station is 4.4 miles (7 km) north-west of Wigan Wallgate on the Manchester-Southport Line. The station is in Lancashire, but it is supported by the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive and as such within the GMPTE ticketing zone. It is operated by Northern Trains.

The main stone-built station building survives adjacent to the Wigan-bound platform, but is now a public house; there are modest shelters on both platforms for rail travellers.

History[edit]

The station was built by the Manchester and Southport Railway and opened on 9 April 1855. From January 1885 it was part of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L&YR). The main stone-built station building (no longer in use) was built during that time, in the standard L&YR style. The L&YR amalgamated with the London and North Western Railway on 1 January 1922, and this, in turn, was grouped into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) in 1923. Nationalisation followed in 1948. When sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by Regional Railways until the privatisation of British Rail.

A Greater Manchester Council landfill site and transfer terminal was formerly located a short distance west of the station, served by a siding connection from the up (eastbound) line. This received regular trainloads of domestic waste from terminals in and around Manchester from the early 1980s until 1995, when the site reached capacity and was closed. The defunct siding is still intact and is visible from passing trains.

Facilities[edit]

The station is unmanned, but there is a ticket machine provided to allow passengers to buy prior to travel or collect pre-paid tickets. Train running information can be obtained by phone and timetable posters. There is step-free access to both platforms from the nearby road bridge via ramps.[1]

Services[edit]

On Monday to Saturday daytimes, there are two trains an hour westbound to Southport and eastbound to Wigan. The latter now continue to Manchester Victoria and Todmorden, thence alternately to Burnley Manchester Road and Blackburn or Leeds via Brighouse.[2] Only two morning peak trains now serve Bolton and Manchester Piccadilly - these then continue to Stockport and Alderley Edge. All other trains run via Atherton and passengers for destinations on the south side of Manchester must change at either Hindley or Salford Crescent.

On Sundays, there is an hourly service to Southport and Blackburn via Manchester Victoria.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Appley Bridge station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 20 December 2016
  2. ^ Table 82 National Rail timetable, May 2018
  • 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 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  • Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687.

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Parbold   Northern Trains
Manchester-Southport Line or
Manchester Airport-Southport
  Gathurst
    Wigan Wallgate

Coordinates: 53°34′44″N 2°43′08″W / 53.579°N 2.719°W / 53.579; -2.719