Aspatria railway station

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Aspatria National Rail
Aspatria Railway Station.jpg
Location
PlaceAspatria
Local authorityAllerdale
Coordinates54°45′32″N 3°19′55″W / 54.759°N 3.332°W / 54.759; -3.332Coordinates: 54°45′32″N 3°19′55″W / 54.759°N 3.332°W / 54.759; -3.332
Grid referenceNY143412
Operations
Station codeASP
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 27,682
2015/16Decrease 26,842
2016/17Decrease 25,904
2017/18Decrease 22,420
2018/19Decrease 21,026
History
Key datesOpened 12 April 1841 (12 April 1841)
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 Aspatria from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Aspatria railway station serves the town of Aspatria in Cumbria, England. The railway station is on part of the scenic Cumbrian Coast Line 20 miles (32 km) south west of Carlisle. The station is operated by Northern who provide all passenger train services.

History[edit]

Opened by the Maryport and Carlisle Railway in 1841 (although the line through to Carlisle was not completed until 1845), the station was once the junction for the branch line to Mealsgate. Passenger trains on this route began in 1866 but ceased in September 1930 and complete closure followed in 1952.[1]

The station became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923, and then passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

When Sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by Regional Railways until the Privatisation of British Railways.

The station signal box was the last surviving example built by the Maryport & Carlisle company prior to its closure and demolition in 1998.[2]

Facilities[edit]

The station is unstaffed and has no ticket machine (though one is to be installed during 2019), so tickets must be purchased prior to travel or on the train (the main buildings are now in private residential use). Shelters are located on both platforms. Timetable posters, digital information screens and a telephone are provided to give train running information, whilst there is also public wifi access on offer. The platforms are linked by footbridge and there is step-free access to each one.[3]

Service[edit]

Northern Trains Route 6:
Cumbrian Coast & Windermere Lines
Carlisle Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Dalston Parking
Wigton Parking Bicycle facilities
Aspatria Parking Bicycle facilities
Maryport Parking Bicycle facilities
Flimby
Workington Parking
Harrington Parking
Parton Parking
Whitehaven Parking Bicycle facilities
Corkickle
St. Bees Parking
Nethertown Parking
Braystones
Sellafield Parking
Seascale Parking Bicycle facilities
Drigg
Ravenglass Heritage railway
Bootle Bicycle facilities
Silecroft
Millom Parking Bicycle facilities
Green Road Parking
Foxfield
Kirkby-in-Furness Bicycle facilities
Askam Parking
Barrow-in-Furness Parking Handicapped/disabled access
Roose
Dalton Bicycle facilities
Ulverston Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Cark and Cartmel Parking
Windermere Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Kents Bank
Staveley Bicycle facilities
Grange-over-Sands Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Burneside Bicycle facilities
Arnside Bicycle facilities
Kendal Parking Bicycle facilities
Silverdale Bicycle facilities
Oxenholme Lake District Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Carnforth Parking
Lancaster Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Preston Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Wigan North Western Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Manchester Oxford Road
Manchester Piccadilly Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access Manchester Metrolink
Manchester Airport Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access Airport interchange Manchester Metrolink

There is generally an hourly service northbound to Carlisle and southbound to Whitehaven with most trains going onward to Barrow-in-Furness (no late evening service operates south of Whitehaven).[4] In the current (winter 2019-20) timetable, all scheduled stops are now mandatory rather than on request.

Train operator Northern introduced a regular through Sunday service to Barrow via the coast at the May 2018 timetable change - the first such service south of Whitehaven for more than 40 years. Services run approximately hourly from late morning until early evening, with later trains terminating at Whitehaven. This represents a major upgrade on the former infrequent service of four per day each way to/from Whitehaven only that previously operated.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Bolton Loop
  2. ^ "Aspatria Signal Box". Archived from the original on 2 June 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  3. ^ Aspatria station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 20 December 2016
  4. ^ GB eNRT December 2019 Edition, Table 100

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Thomas, Anne; Thomas, Bill (1996). Neil, Parkhouse (ed.). "J Harris - Sole owner". Archive. Witney: Lightmoor Press Association (9, 10 & 11). ISSN 1352-7991.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Northern
Cumbrian Coast Line
Historical railways
Line open, station closed
Maryport and Carlisle Railway
Line open, station closed
Disused railways
Line and station closed
Maryport and Carlisle Railway
Line open, station closed