Clitheroe railway station
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Clitheroe railway station
|Local authority||Ribble Valley|
|Managed by||Northern Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|22 June 1850||Original station opened|
|10 September 1962||Station closed|
|29 May 1994||Station re-opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* 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 Rail and is 10 miles (16 km) north of Blackburn. The station forms part of Clitheroe Interchange, which has won a number of awards.
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 re-opened on 29 May 1994 when passenger services began again from Blackburn. The line continues from here northwards towards Hellifield, but this section is normally used only by freight & 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 & Carlisle, which is utilised if planned engineering work blocks the West Coast Main Line over Shap.
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.
There is generally an hourly service daily from Clitheroe to Blackburn and Manchester Victoria with extra trains during peak hours with extra services to/from Clitheroe starting/terminating at Blackburn. There is also one peak service to/from Hazel Grove and Buxton via Manchester Piccadilly.
This service also calls at:
- Ramsgreave & Wilpshire,
- Entwistle (Request Stop),
- Bromley Cross,
- Hall i' th' Wood,
- Salford Crescent
- Salford Central.
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.
Due to overcrowding at certain times, there are plans from the Department for Transport to increase services from 1tph to 2tph, however the funding for this may not be available.
A view of the old goods depot, now Booths supermarket.
- Winter DalesRail Timetable
- 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
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Clitheroe railway station.|
- Train times and station information for Clitheroe railway station from National Rail
- Clitheroe Interchange - Lancashire County Council Environmental Directorate
- Ribble Valley Rail official website
- Video of Clitheroe Railway Station
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Ribble Valley Line or
Ribble Valley Line
|Chatburn||Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway