Layton railway station
|Managed by||Northern Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Preston and Wyre Joint Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Preston and Wyre Joint Railway|
|Post-grouping||London Midland and Scottish Railway|
|May 1867||Opened as Bispham|
|4 July 1938||Renamed Layton (Lancs)|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Layton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Layton railway station (formerly Bispham railway station  ) is on the Blackpool North to Preston railway line, in Lancashire, England, serving the Blackpool suburbs of Layton and Bispham. It is managed by Northern Rail and is unstaffed.
The railway line to Blackpool North, which was originally a branch off the line between Preston and Fleetwood, was opened by the Preston and Wyre Railway (PWR) on 29 April 1846. The PWR was taken over jointly by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (LYR) and the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) in 1849, its title being amended to Preston and Wyre Joint Railway (PWJR). When the station at Layton was opened by the PWJR in May 1867 it was named Bispham, being renamed Layton (Lancs) on 4 July 1938.
It is one of two railway stations in the north of Blackpool. Layton still has the air of an old-fashioned commuter station although these days most workers go from here to Blackpool or Preston. There are two platforms and regular services to and from Blackpool.
The station used to have its own ticket office which closed in May 1994. Also prior to and during World War II the station had extensive sidings for goods wagons and works. Some served the Crossley Bros sawmill which occupied the site of today's B&Q and former Comet stores. And others served the Borough councils transport depot located on Depot Road
A new overbridge has recently been constructed and was opened to the public on 15 July 2011. The old one has been removed.
There is a basic hourly service in each direction throughout the week (including Sundays for the first time in several years), provided by the Manchester Victoria to Blackpool North stopping trains. First TransPennine Express services to Blackpool North, Preston, Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport used to stop at peak times until May 2012.
- 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. p. 35. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199.
- Butt 1995, pp. 35,139
- Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. p. 84. ISBN 0-7153-4352-1.
- Marshall 1969, pp. 85–86
- Dixon, Chris (17 May 2011). "A bridge too far for flats owners". Blackpool Gazette.
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- Train times and station information for Layton railway station from National Rail
- Blackpool & Fylde Rail Users’ Association—Layton, accessed 17 October 2007