Blythe Bridge railway station

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Blythe Bridge
National Rail
Class 156 EMR Blythe Bridge.jpg
LocationBlythe Bridge, Staffordshire Moorlands
England
Grid referenceSJ956411
Managed byEast Midlands Railway
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeBYB
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Original companyNorth Staffordshire Railway
Pre-groupingNorth Staffordshire Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
7 August 1848Opened as "Blyth Bridge"[1]
1907Renamed "Blythe Bridge"[2]
Passengers
2015/16Increase 91,354
2016/17Increase 95,918
2017/18Decrease 95,570
2018/19Decrease 91,610
2019/20Decrease 91,124
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Blythe Bridge railway station in Blythe Bridge, Staffordshire, England, is served by trains on the Crewe to Derby Line; it is also a Community rail line known as the North Staffordshire line. The station is owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Railway. The full range of tickets for travel are purchased from the guard on the train at no extra cost.

The station was opened on 7 August 1848 by the North Staffordshire Railway (NSR). Until 1907 the spelling of the station name was Blyth Bridge.[1] The station buildings were demolished in the early 1990s and today it is unstaffed.

In 2010 it won East Midlands Trains' Best Small Station award.[3]

Signalling[edit]

Blythe Bridge had at one time two signal boxes, Blythe Bridge and Stallington, both of which controlled level crossings, which was a common feature across the former NSR.

Blythe Bridge signal box was opened by the NSR in 1884 on their Derby to Stoke line. The box was built to a standard McKenzie & Holland design and under the S.R.S. designation system is referred to as a MKH Type1.

The signal box was equipped with a standard McKenzie & Holland lever frame and a gate wheel for operating the level crossing gates which controlled traffic on the busy former A50. These gates were later replaced by a barrier crossing when traffic got too heavy for the signalman.

Blythe Bridge signal box finally closed in 1980 and the level crossing was converted to CCTV control with the barriers supervised by Caverswall signal box.

Blythe Bridge in 1962

Services[edit]

East Midlands Railway operate all services at Blythe Bridge using Class 156, Class 158 and Class 170 DMUs.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[4]

On Sundays, there is an hourly service although no trains operate before 14:00.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
East Midlands Railway
Preceding station   Historical railways   Following station
Line open, station closed
North Staffordshire Railway
Line open, station closed

Foxfield Railway[edit]

The station is situated 12 mile (0.80 km) south of Caverswall Road railway station, the current southern terminus of the Foxfield Railway.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Quick, Michael (2009) [2001]. Railway passenger stations in Great Britain: a chronology (4th ed.). Oxford: Railway and Canal Historical Society. p. 91. ISBN 978-0-901461-57-5. OCLC 612226077.>
  2. ^ "Minute No. 6232". Minutes of Meeting of the Superintendents' Conference (Report). London: Railway Clearing House. 2 July 1907. (Unpublished).
  3. ^ "Impact: Station Improvements coming soon" (PDF). East Midlands Trains. September 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Table 50 National Rail timetable, May 2020

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Coordinates: 52°58′05″N 2°04′01″W / 52.968°N 2.067°W / 52.968; -2.067