Chorley railway station

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Chorley National Rail
Chorley Railway Station.jpg
Location
Place Chorley
Local authority Chorley
Grid reference SD586175
Operations
Station code CRL
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.637 million
2005/06 Increase 0.671 million
2006/07 Increase 0.704 million
2007/08 Increase 0.730 million
2008/09 Decrease 0.689 million
2009/10 Increase 0.740 million
2010/11 Increase 0.820 million
2011/12 Increase 0.836 million
2012/13 Increase 0.841 million
History
Key dates Opened 1841 (1841)
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 Chorley from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Chorley railway station serves the town of Chorley in Lancashire, England. Since 2004 it has been linked with Chorley Interchange bus and coach station.

History of the station[edit]

The railway station is a modern 1980s built on top of the original station, the level of which can be seen under the existing station's two platforms connected by underpass. The initial station was opened on 22 December 1841 by the Bolton and Preston Railway (which later became part of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway) and was subsequently served by the Lancashire Union Railway between St Helens, Wigan North Western and Blackburn from 1869. Passenger trains over this route (between Blackburn & Wigan) were however withdrawn in January 1960.

Current station facilities[edit]

A level crossing, no longer in use, is still in place at the station entrance as well as a pedestrian subway which emerges at the foot of the Railway Pub. There are no toilets on the station and the nearest ones are in the bus station across the road. Chorley's rail services provide a link for the commuters of Lancashire to Preston, Manchester and Bolton.

The small villages which form part of the borough of Chorley, such as Buckshaw, Adlington and Euxton all have railway stations.

It was announced by the Department for Transport in December 2009, the line between Preston and Manchester, on which Chorley is situated, will be electrified [1] which should reduce journey times to Manchester by up to ten minutes.

Services[edit]

All trains provided by Northern[2]

Northbound[edit]

Southbound[edit]

From 26 July to 7 September 2008 however, the service provision to and from the station was limited due to major engineering work taking place to the north (to improve drainage in a cutting and remove a long-standing speed restriction). A rail replacement bus service operated to and from Preston, whilst many trains were diverted via Wigan. This period of disruption was blamed for the decline in passenger usage shown in the figures right.

The direct Scottish service had been reduced at the December 2013 timetable change when most trains were diverted via Wigan using the newly electrified line over Chat Moss.[3] A small number of peak services still operated via Chorley using Class 185 units thereafter, but these ceased at the December 2014 timetable change.[4]

First TransPennine Express used to run the service from Manchester Airport to Blackpool North but this was passed on to the new Northern franchise on the 1 April 2016.

From June to October 2016, as part of the Electrification, the station will be renovated for the lines to be lowered slightly to accommodate the overhead wires. The subways roofs will also be replaced, and an elevator will be installed for use by disabled travellers. Both platforms will be rebuilt and extended to accommodate for longer trains when the line opens to electric trains on December 2017. During the rebuild, no passenger trains will call at weekends (services again diverted via Wigan).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Rail Electrification Gets Green Light" The Guardian news article 9 December 2009
  2. ^ Table 82 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  3. ^ Network Rail - WCML Route Utilisation StrategyNetwork Rail
  4. ^ GB eNRT December 2014 Edition, Table 82

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Buckshaw Parkway   Northern
Manchester-Preston Line
  Adlington or
Horwich Parkway
Preston   Northern
Blackpool - York
  Bolton
Preston
or
Buckshaw Parkway
  Northern
Manchester - Barrow/Windermere/Blackpool
  Horwich Parkway
or
Bolton
Preston
or
Buckshaw Parkway
  Northern
Manchester - Preston
  Horwich Parkway
or
Blackrod
or
Bolton
Preston   TransPennine Express
Manchester-Glasgow/Edinburgh
  Bolton
Disused railways
Heapey
Line and station closed
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Lancashire Union Railway
  Adlington
Line and station open
  London and North Western Railway
Lancashire Union Railway
  White Bear
Line and station closed

Coordinates: 53°39′11″N 2°37′37″W / 53.653°N 2.627°W / 53.653; -2.627