Blythe Bridge railway station

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Blythe Bridge National Rail
Blythe Bridge railway station 1.jpg
Location
Place Blythe Bridge
Local authority Staffordshire Moorlands
Grid reference SJ956411
Operations
Station code BYB
Managed by East Midlands Trains
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 64,000
2012/13 Decrease 60,632
2013/14 Increase 68,444
2014/15 Increase 78,470
2015/16 Increase 91,354
History
Original company North Staffordshire Railway
Pre-grouping North Staffordshire Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
7 August 1848 Opened[1]
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 Blythe Bridge from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Blythe Bridge railway station is a railway station in England at Blythe Bridge, Staffordshire Moorlands. The station is served by trains on the Crewe to Derby Line which is also a Community rail line known as the North Staffordshire line. The station is owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Trains (EMT) train operating company (TOC). 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.[2]

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]

An hourly service operates in each direction, to Derby eastbound and to Stoke & Crewe westbound. Sunday trains only operate from 15:00 onwards.[3]

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. ^ "Impact: Station Improvements coming soon" (PDF). East Midlands Trains. September 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  3. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 50 (Network Rail)

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

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

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