Croston railway station

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Croston National Rail
Croston Railway Station.jpg
Location
Place Croston
Local authority Chorley
Coordinates 53°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 reference SD487192
Operations
Station code CSO
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Increase 46,306
2013/14 Increase 47,814
2014/15 Decrease 45,228
2015/16 Increase 46,322
2016/17 Increase 47,870
History
Original company Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway
Pre-grouping Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-grouping London Midland and Scottish Railway
2 April 1849 Opened[1]
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 Croston from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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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 disused northbound platform here is still visible, which until recently was derelict and overgrown. However a group of local volunteers currently[timeframe?] clears and maintains the Northbound platform.[citation needed]

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]

Services[edit]

Thirteen trains call in each direction (roughly every 90 minutes) on Monday to Saturdays only (no Sunday service).[4] Most trains are operated by either Class 142 Pacer railbuses or Class 153 single unit railcars, though Class 150 units sometimes appear.

References[edit]

  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 2016

External links[edit]

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