Giggleswick railway station

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Giggleswick National Rail
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Location
Place Giggleswick
Local authority Craven
Coordinates 54°03′42″N 2°18′10″W / 54.061800°N 2.302760°W / 54.061800; -2.302760Coordinates: 54°03′42″N 2°18′10″W / 54.061800°N 2.302760°W / 54.061800; -2.302760
Grid reference SD802629
Operations
Station code GIG
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 11,596
2012/13 Increase 12,158
2013/14 Decrease 12,082
2014/15 Increase 12,944
2015/16 Decrease 12,918
History
Original company North Western Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
1 August 1849 Opened as Settle
1 May 1876 Renamed Settle Old
1 November 1877 Renamed Giggleswick
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Giggleswick from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Giggleswick railway station serves the village of Giggleswick and the town of Settle in North Yorkshire, England. The station is 41 14 miles (66 km) north-west of Leeds on the Leeds to Morecambe Line towards Lancaster and Morecambe. It is unstaffed and operated by Northern, who provide all passenger train services.

History[edit]

Opened by the "little" North Western Railway in 1849, the station was originally known as "Settle", as it was the first station to serve the town, although situated some distance west of its centre. When the Settle-Carlisle Railway opened on 1 May 1876, the name was changed to "Settle Old" to distinguish it from Settle New on the line a mile to the east; Settle Old became "Giggleswick" on 1 November 1877.[1][2]

The station did have more substantial buildings in the past, along with a goods yard, water tower & signal box. These were all demolished/removed after the station closed to goods traffic & was downgraded to unmanned halt status in 1970.

Facilities[edit]

The only buildings now provided here are standard waiting shelters - a new bespoke one was opened on the westbound platform in November 2016.[3] The two platforms are of differing construction - the westbound is wooden, whilst the eastbound equivalent is stone/concrete.[4] They are linked by a barrow crossing, so are both DDA-compliant (though the National Rail Enquiries service and Northern recommend that disabled passengers only use this with assistance).[5] Train running information provision is limited to information posters and a telephone link to the signal box at Settle Junction. Tickets can only be bought on the train, as no ticketing facilities are available here.

Service[edit]

Monday to Saturdays, five trains a day head from Giggleswick southbound to Skipton and Leeds and westbound to Lancaster. All but the first westbound service of the day continue to Morecambe and there is a single through train to & from Heysham Port to connect with the sailing to the Isle of Man.[6]

Four trains run each way on Sundays throughout the year since the May 2011 timetable change (an improvement on the former twice-daily winter frequency).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 208, 102. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Binns, D. (1982). The Scenic Settle & Carlisle Railway. Skipton: Wyvern Publications. p. 19. ISBN 0-907941-02-8. 
  3. ^ "Wait over for new shelter at Giggleswick Railway Station" Tate, Lesley Craven Herald & Pioneer article 14 December 2016; Retrieved 15 December 2016
  4. ^ Giggleswick Station Jamieson, Andy Geograph.org; Retrieved 22 November 2016
  5. ^ Giggleswick Station Information Northern Railway Station Information pages; Retrieved 25 November 2016
  6. ^ Table 42 National Rail timetable, December 2016
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Long Preston   Northern
Leeds to Morecambe Line
  Clapham
Historical railways
Settle Junction   Midland Railway
"Little" North Western Railway
  Clapham

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