Clitheroe railway station

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Clitheroe railway station
Location
Place Clitheroe
Local authority Ribble Valley
Grid reference SD741419
Operations
Station code CLH
Managed by Northern
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 0.339 million
2012/13 Increase 0.352 million
2013/14 Decrease 0.319 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.287 million
2015/16 Decrease 0.240 million
History
22 June 1850 Original station opened
1893/4 Station rebuilt
10 September 1962 Station closed
29 May 1994 Station reopened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Clitheroe from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Clitheroe railway station serves the town of Clitheroe in Lancashire, England. The station is the northern terminus of the Ribble Valley Line operated by Northern and is 10 miles (16 km) north of Blackburn. The station forms part of Clitheroe Interchange, which has won a number of awards.

History[edit]

The original station opened on 22 June 1850. It was replaced in 1893/4 by another approximately 220 yards (200 m) to the north. The station closed to normal services on 10 September 1962 (that is, before the Beeching cuts) but remained in use for special services until 7 February 1971. The special services resumed on 14 May 1990, and the station was fully reopened on 29 May 1994, when passenger services began again from Blackburn.[1]

The line from here continues northwards towards Hellifield, but this section is normally used only by freight and engineering trains on weekdays; passenger services are limited to a pair of Sundays only Dalesrail charter trains and occasional railtours. The line also forms part of a valuable strategic diversionary route between Preston and Carlisle, which is utilised if planned engineering work blocks the West Coast Main Line over Shap. Terminating trains from the Blackburn direction run empty up to Horrocksford Junction to the north (where the Ribble Cement factory branch diverges from the main line) and use the crossover there to reverse and change lines prior to returning to the station.[2]

The station has since become an award-winning bus and train transport interchange. The bus station, known as the Clitheroe Interchange, is the terminus for bus connections bringing passengers from towns and villages in the Ribble Valley area to the train service to Blackburn and Manchester.

The Ribble Valley Line is a community railway line, and is supervised by the Ribble Valley Rail group, which includes the train operator: Northern Rail.

Facilities[edit]

The station has a manned ticket office in part of the main buildings on platform 1 (the remainder is used as an art gallery), though this is operated by Lancashire County Council rather than operator Northern. It is manned six days per week (Monday - Friday 06:45 - 17:15, Saturday 08:00 - 15:30, closed Sundays); outside these times tickets must be purchased on the train. There are waiting shelters on both platforms (which are offset from each other) and train running details are provided via customer help points and automatic announcements. Step-free access is available on both sides.[3]

Services[edit]

There is generally an hourly service daily from Clitheroe to Blackburn and Manchester Victoria with some extra trains during peak hours. There is also one peak service from Hazel Grove and Buxton via Manchester Piccadilly (but no corresponding southbound train), whilst the last southbound train of the day terminates at Blackburn.[4]

On Sundays, one or two trains operate from Preston along the Ribble Valley Line via Clitheroe to Hellifield and onwards towards Carlisle via the Settle-Carlisle Line. This improves on the previous service that only ran in the summer.[5]

Due to overcrowding at certain times, there are plans from the Department for Transport to increase services from 1 tph to 2 tph; however, the funding for this may not be available.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Butt 1995, p. 63
  2. ^ Horrocksford Junction Crawford, Ewan Railscot 19 April 2008; Retrieved 8 April 2017
  3. ^ Clitheroe station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  4. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2017 Edition, Tables 94 & 42 (Network Rail)
  5. ^ "Dalesrail 2013 timetable change". December 2013. Archived from the original on 1 May 2014. 

References[edit]

  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  • Welch, M.S. (2004) Lancashire Steam Finale, Runpast Publishing, Cheltenham, ISBN 1-870754-61-1

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Terminus   Northern
Ribble Valley Line or
Buxton Line
  Whalley
Hellifield   Northern
Ribble Valley Line
Sunday Only
 
Historical railways
Chatburn   Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Blackburn Railway
  Whalley

Coordinates: 53°52′26″N 2°23′39″W / 53.87389°N 2.39417°W / 53.87389; -2.39417