Croston railway station

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Croston railway station, Lancashire (geograph 3266804).jpg
LocationCroston, Chorley
Coordinates53°40′05″N 2°46′41″W / 53.668°N 2.778°W / 53.668; -2.778Coordinates: 53°40′05″N 2°46′41″W / 53.668°N 2.778°W / 53.668; -2.778
Grid referenceSD487192
Managed byNorthern Trains
Other information
Station codeCSO
ClassificationDfT category F2
Original companyLiverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway
Pre-groupingLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-groupingLondon Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
2 April 1849Opened[1]
2015/16Increase 46,322
2016/17Increase 47,870
2017/18Increase 48,582
2018/19Decrease 35,598
2019/20Increase 47,318
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Croston railway station serves the small village of Croston, near Chorley in Lancashire, England; the station is on the Ormskirk Branch Line 7 miles (11 km) south west of Preston. It is unstaffed and the old station buildings are now privately occupied.

The station was built & opened by the Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (later taken over by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway) along with the line in April 1849.[2] "Line" is the suitable word here, as along the way are clear signs of the former double track trunk route from Preston to Liverpool Exchange, which was severely rationalised (including the reduction to single line working) in 1970.

The line once carried numerous express trains to Glasgow Central Edinburgh, Blackpool North and the Lake District, though Croston was usually served only by local stopping services from Liverpool to Preston and Blackburn.

Trains connect at Ormskirk with Merseyrail services to Liverpool Central. Croston enjoys bus connections to nearby Leyland, Chorley, Southport, and Preston. It is on the B5247 into Bretherton.

The single platform still in use has a shelter & digital information screen, but has no ticket vending facilities. Step-free access is available for disabled travellers.[3]


Monday to Saturdays sees an hourly service operate each way, with northbound trains continuing to Blackpool South since the May 2018 timetable change (though not advertised as such). There is no Sunday service.[4]


  1. ^ Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  2. ^ CRL - Croston Community Rail Lancashire; Retrieved 22 November 2016
  3. ^ Croston station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 28 November 2016
  4. ^ Table 99 National Rail timetable, May 2019

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Preston   Northern Trains
Ormskirk Branch Line
Mondays-Saturdays only