Blackpool South railway station

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Blackpool South National Rail
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A Class 142 Pacer unit waits to depart with a service to Rochdale in 2012
Location
Place South Shore
Local authority Blackpool
Coordinates 53°47′54″N 3°02′56″W / 53.7983°N 3.0488°W / 53.7983; -3.0488Coordinates: 53°47′54″N 3°02′56″W / 53.7983°N 3.0488°W / 53.7983; -3.0488
Grid reference SD310340
Operations
Station code BPS
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Decrease 0.132 million
2013/14 Increase 0.137 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.131 million
2015/16 Decrease 0.126 million
2016/17 Increase 0.127 million
History
30 May 1903 Opened as Waterloo Road
17 March 1932[1] Renamed Blackpool South
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Blackpool South from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Blackpool South railway station serves the suburban south of the popular seaside resort of Blackpool, Lancashire, England. It is the terminus of the South Fylde Line 12 14 miles (19.7 km) west of Kirkham and Wesham by rail, though most services run through from Colne. It lies only a short walk from Blackpool Football Club's stadium at Bloomfield Road. The station is managed by Northern, who operate all trains serving it. Blackpool South is located about 500 metres (1,600 ft) from Waterloo Road tram stop on the Blackpool Tramway.

History[edit]

The station was originally called Waterloo Road when it opened in 1903, at the junction with a newly built express Marton Line direct from Kirkham. It had four platforms [2] (two for each line at the junction) and soon became a busy station. Until November 1964, the line extended north from here to Blackpool Central. There were extensive sidings to accommodate the many excursion trains which came to Blackpool.

The Marton Line closed to regular traffic in 1965;[3] its track bed is now the road called Yeadon Way and the M55 motorway.

The station continued to handle through trains from Manchester, Liverpool and London until 1970, when these were all diverted to Blackpool North at the other end of town. It was then reduced to local status only, although it kept its signal box, two working platform faces and double track until 1982. The box was notable in that it was located on the opposite side of Waterloo Road bridge from the station and so could not see the tracks & platforms it controlled, instead being surrounded by the disused railway land once occupied by the main line & aforementioned sidings.[4] After the line was singled west of St Annes and the box was abolished, all trains used the former northbound platform and continue to do so to the present day. The substantial main buildings (booking office and waiting rooms) that formerly existed at street level were demolished in 1985.

For much of the 1970s and early 1980s nearly all services terminated at Kirkham, where passengers were forced to change if wanting to travel further east but since 1988 they have been integrated with those on the East Lancashire Line, a timetable pattern that remains in place as of 2016.

Facilities[edit]

The station is unstaffed and only has basic amenities, namely a waiting shelter, bench seating and timetable poster boards on the platform and a payphone at the street-level station entrance. Train running information is provided via a digital CIS display and automated announcements. Step-free access is available via ramps from Waterloo Road and the car park.[5]

Services[edit]

Blackpool South currently has an hourly service to Preston on weekdays & Saturdays. Sunday services run on a similar frequency to Colne via Blackburn, but this services is two hourly.

Services are normally formed of Class 142 Pacer units or Class 150 Sprinter units operated by Northern.

Blackpool North lies at the other end of the town, and is unconnected to Blackpool South. More frequent and express services depart from North Station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995), The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, p.36
  2. ^ Blackpool & Fylde Rail Users’ Association—Blackpool South Archived 11 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine., accessed 17 October 2007
  3. ^ Suggitt, G. (2003, revised 2004) Lost Railways of Lancashire, Countryside Books, Newbury, ISBN 1-85306-801-2, p.46
  4. ^ Blackpool South signal box in the early 1970s after closure of line to Blackpool CentralRCTS; Retrieved 2013-10-23
  5. ^ Blackpool South station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 24 February 2017

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Terminus   Northern
Blackpool Branch Line
  Blackpool
Pleasure Beach
Disused railways
Blackpool Central   Preston and Wyre Joint Railway
Marton Line 1903–1965
  Kirkham & Wesham
  Historical railways  
Blackpool Central   Blackpool and Lytham Railway   Lytham Road