Foxfield railway station

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Foxfield railway station in 2008.jpg
General information
LocationFoxfield, South Lakeland
Coordinates54°15′31″N 3°12′58″W / 54.2587172°N 3.2161134°W / 54.2587172; -3.2161134Coordinates: 54°15′31″N 3°12′58″W / 54.2587172°N 3.2161134°W / 54.2587172; -3.2161134
Grid referenceSD208854
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Other information
Station codeFOX
ClassificationDfT category F2
Original companyFurness Railway
Pre-groupingFurness Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
British Rail (London Midland Region)
Key dates
1 August 1848Opened as Foxfield Junction
1 September 1957Renamed Foxfield
2017/18Decrease 22,680
2018/19Decrease 22,402
2019/20Increase 25,976
2020/21Decrease 4,758
2021/22Increase 12,470
Foxfield is located in the former South Lakeland district
Location in South Lakeland, Cumbria
Foxfield is located in Cumbria
Location in Cumbria, England
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Foxfield is a railway station on the Cumbrian Coast Line, which runs between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. The station, situated 11+12 miles (19 km) north of Barrow-in-Furness, serves the villages of Broughton-in-Furness and Foxfield in Cumbria. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.


The station dates from 1848, when the Furness Railway extended its line from Barrow-in-Furness to Kirkby-in-Furness to nearby Broughton-in-Furness with the intention of serving local copper mines. It was opened on 1 August 1848 and consisted of an island platform.

Two years later, the Whitehaven and Furness Junction Railway completed its line down the coast from Whitehaven to join the Furness Railway from Barrow-in-Furness, making Foxfield a junction of some importance in the process. The line from Broughton was extended further northwards to Coniston by the Coniston Railway Company on 18 June 1859,[1] although it was not long before the Furness took it over (along with the W&FJR – both companies having been absorbed by the FR by 1865).[2]

In 1879 an enlarged station was built, designed by the Lancaster architects Paley and Austin and built by the Barrow contractor William Ormandy. The island platform was widened to 29 feet (9 m), and a new canopy for passengers was provided.[3]

For much of its life the Coniston line was well-used by locals and visitors alike, with the branch passenger service connecting with main line trains at one end of the route and with steamer services on Coniston Water at the other. However it fell victim to road competition in the late 1950s, passenger services being withdrawn from 6 October 1958,[4] and the line closing completely in 1962. The coast line remains in operation though, with the passenger trains supplemented by a number of freight services running to and from the nuclear reprocessing plant at Sellafield, operated by Direct Rail Services.

The station, as photographed in August 1951.

Though the platform buildings have mostly been demolished, the timber signal box and attached waiting shelter is still in use. The old water tower and main building on the opposite side of the southbound line also still stand.[5]


The station is unstaffed, but has now been equipped with a ticket vending machine to allow travellers to purchase tickets prior to joining the train.[6] Train running details are available by telephone, digital information displays and timetable posters; the National Rail website also states that public wi-fi access is available there. Step-free access to the platform is via a foot level crossing by the signal box.[7]


Northern Trains
Route 6
Cumbrian Coast, Furness
and Windermere Lines
Carlisle Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Dalston Parking
Wigton Parking Bicycle facilities
Aspatria Parking Bicycle facilities
Maryport Parking Bicycle facilities
Workington Parking
Harrington Parking
Parton Parking
Whitehaven Parking Bicycle facilities
St Bees Parking
Nethertown Parking
Sellafield Parking
Seascale Parking Bicycle facilities
Ravenglass for Eskdale Heritage railway
Bootle Bicycle facilities
Millom Parking Bicycle facilities
Green Road Parking
Kirkby-in-Furness Bicycle facilities
Askam Parking
Barrow-in-Furness Parking Handicapped/disabled access
Dalton Bicycle facilities
Ulverston Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Cark & Cartmel Parking
Kents Bank
Grange-over-Sands Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Arnside Bicycle facilities
Silverdale Bicycle facilities
Carnforth Parking
Windermere Parking
Staveley Bicycle facilities
Burneside Bicycle facilities
Kendal Parking Bicycle facilities
Oxenholme Lake District Parking Handicapped/disabled access
Lancaster Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Preston Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Wigan North Western Parking Handicapped/disabled access
Manchester Oxford Road
Manchester Piccadilly Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access Manchester Metrolink
Mauldeth Road Parking
Burnage Bicycle facilities
East Didsbury Parking Manchester Metrolink
Gatley Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Heald Green Bicycle facilities
Manchester Airport Handicapped/disabled access Manchester Metrolink Airport interchange

There is an approximately hourly service in each direction from the station on Monday to Saturdays – southwards to Barrow-in-Furness and northwards to Millom. Most northbound ones run through to and from Whitehaven and Carlisle though one runs as far as Sellafield. A few trains continue beyond Barrow-in-Furness to Lancaster or to Preston.

A Sunday service was introduced at the May 2018 timetable change - the first for more than forty years.[8]


  1. ^ Marshall 1981, p. 111.
  2. ^ "The Furness Railway" Archived 15 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine The Furness Railway Trust website article; Retrieved 18 February 2010
  3. ^ Andrews & Holme 2005, p. 14.
  4. ^ Marshall 1981, p. 112.
  5. ^ Foxfield railway station Thompson, Nigel; Retrieved 1 December 2016
  6. ^ "Fares 2019"Cumbrian Coast Rail Users Group news article; Retrieved 8 November 2019
  7. ^ Foxfield station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 1 December 2016
  8. ^ Table 100 National Rail timetable, December 2019


  • Andrews, Michael; Holme, Geoff (2005), The Coniston Railway, Pinner: Cumbrian Railways Association, ISBN 0-9540232-3-4
  • Marshall, J. (1981), Forgotten Railways: North-West England, Newton Abbott: David & Charles, ISBN 0-7153-8003-6

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Green Road   Northern Trains
Cumbrian Coast Line
  Historical railways  
Broughton-in-Furness   Coniston Railway   Terminus
Terminus   Furness Railway   Kirkby-in-Furness
Green Road   Whitehaven and Furness Junction Railway   Terminus