Arnside railway station
|Local authority||South Lakeland|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 1858|
|Pre-grouping||Ulverston and Lancaster Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Arnside from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Arnside railway station is a railway station that serves the village of Arnside in Cumbria, England. It is located on the Furness Line from Barrow-in-Furness to Lancaster. It is managed & operated by Northern. A short distance west of the station, the railway crosses the Kent estuary on an impressive 50-span viaduct that is some 1,558-foot (475 m) long. This historic structure underwent major repairs and refurbishment, including the complete replacement of the rail deck in 2011. Similar work was carried out on the nearby Leven Estuary viaduct in the spring of 2006.
Opened in 1858 by the Ulverston and Lancaster Railway (a company backed by, and later taken over by the Furness Railway) (FR), the station became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The station then passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.
A short branch line to Sandside and Hincaster Junction on the West Coast Main Line once diverged from the main line here, which carried a Grange-over-Sands to Kendal local service from its opening in 1876 until 1942. In July 1922, this FR service ran five times per day in each direction on weekdays. The branch was also used by mineral trains from County Durham to the Barrow-in-Furness area. Local freight traffic continued as far as Sandside until final closure of the line in 1972. The disused platform face and trackbed is still visible behind the southbound platform.
Whilst one building remains at the station, it is not in railway use. Shelters are provided for passengers on both platforms, but the only link between them is via a footbridge with stairs (no step-free access). Digital information screens, customer help points, timetable posters and automated announcements provide train running details. As the station is unstaffed, tickets can only be bought in advance or on the train.
It is served by stopping trains between Lancaster and Barrow, with some continuing to Sellafield or Carlisle via the Cumbrian Coast Line in the northbound direction and by some through services southbound to Preston and Manchester Airport. There is one train per hour in each direction on weekdays, although the varying nature of the stopping patterns of each service means the timetable isn't regular. On Sundays there is a train every two hours each way.
- Visit Cumbria - Arnside station Archived July 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 28 October 2008
- Marshall, J (1981) Forgotten Railways North-West England, David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd, ISBN 0-7153-8003-6; p.104
- Arnside Station Details Northern Station Pages; Retrieved 25 November 2016
- Table 82 National Rail timetable, December 2016
- 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.
- Station on navigable O.S. map
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