Brierfield railway station

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Brierfield National Rail
Brierfield Railway Station.jpg
Looking northward, towards Nelson
Location
PlaceBrierfield
Local authorityPendle
Coordinates53°49′30″N 2°14′13″W / 53.825°N 2.237°W / 53.825; -2.237Coordinates: 53°49′30″N 2°14′13″W / 53.825°N 2.237°W / 53.825; -2.237
Grid referenceSD845365
Operations
Station codeBRF
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms1
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 35,010
2014/15Decrease 31,548
2015/16Decrease 31,504
2016/17Increase 33,350
2017/18Decrease 31,350
History
Original companyEast Lancashire Railway
Pre-groupingLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
1 February 1849Opened as Marsden
1 August 1857Renamed Brierfield
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Brierfield from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Brierfield railway station serves the small town of Brierfield, Lancashire, England and is on the East Lancashire Line 2 14 miles (3.6 km) east of Burnley Central railway station towards Colne (the terminus). The station is managed by Northern, who also provide all passenger trains serving it.

The station is unstaffed and only has basic facilities (no waiting room, just a shelter and a modern ticket vending machine), though there are passenger information screens, timetable posters and a long-line PA system in place to provide train running information. The platform has step-free access from the adjoining street.[1]

History[edit]

The station in 1962

The station, originally named Marsden, opened with the East Lancashire Railway's line between Burnley and Colne on 1 February 1849. It was 8 14 miles (13.3 km) from Accrington, and on 1 August 1857 it was renamed Brierfield.[2][3] The line through the station has been single track since December 1986, but the double track-bed and the disused down platform are still in place, as is the old station building (though this is now privately owned).

The signal box (which was built in 1876 and latterly only operated the adjacent level crossing) was abolished and dismantled in September 2014, when the crossing was converted to automatic operation under the remote supervision of Preston PSB.[4] The box structure has been donated to a local arts organisation (In-Situ) and is to be rebuilt nearby at Brierfield Mills.

There is an active Rail user Group based here - "The Friends of Brierfield Station"

Services[edit]

Monday to Saturdays, there is an hourly service from Brierfield towards Burnley Central, Accrington, Blackburn and Preston westbound and Colne, eastbound. There is also now an hourly service in each direction on Sundays, with through trains to Blackpool South.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brierfield station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 25 November 2016]
  2. ^ Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. pp. 114–5. ISBN 0-7153-4352-1.
  3. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 155, 44. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  4. ^ End of the line for Brierfield Signal Box Marshall, Tyrone, Lancashire Telegraph article 30 September 2014; Retrieved 27 January 2016
  5. ^ Table 97 National Rail timetable, May 2018

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Burnley Central   Northern
(East Lancashire Line)
  Nelson
  Historical railways  
Reedley Hallows Halt
Line open, station closed
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway   Nelson
Line and station open