Lelant Saltings railway station

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Lelant Saltings
National Rail
Lelant Saltings platform.jpg
Looking north
LocationLelant, Cornwall
England
Coordinates50°10′41″N 5°26′31″W / 50.178°N 5.442°W / 50.178; -5.442Coordinates: 50°10′41″N 5°26′31″W / 50.178°N 5.442°W / 50.178; -5.442
Grid referenceSW543366
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Platforms1
Other information
Station codeLTS
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Original companyBritish Rail
Key dates
Opened1978
Passengers
2014/15Increase 116,798
2015/16Increase 125,064
2016/17Decrease 121,258
2017/18Increase 145,110
2018/19Decrease 138,012
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Lelant Saltings railway station (Cornish: Holanek Lannanta[1]) was opened on 27 May 1978 to provide a park and ride facility for visitors to St Ives, Cornwall, England. It is situated on the A3074 road close to the junction with the A30 near the foot of the hill up to Lelant village. The park and ride facility closed in June 2019, replaced by a new one at nearby St Erth railway station, but the Saltings station remains open with a very limited service of trains.

History[edit]

The station was opened by British Rail on 27 May 1978 and had a car park for 300 vehicles. A return ticket to St Ives cost £0.60. Cornwall County Council provided £35,000 to build the car park and Penwith District Council paid £15,000 to build the platform. During the first summer nearly 136,000 people were carried from the station, with 3,000 cars using the car park in peak weeks. Nearly 40% of users surveyed said that they would not have visited St Ives if the park and ride was not available.[2] The park and ride closed in June 2019 when a new facility opened at St Erth Station.

Description[edit]

The station is 0.5 miles (800 m) north of St Erth and faces the Hayle Estuary. There is just a single platform [3] built from pre-cast concrete components, which is on the left of trains arriving from St Erth.

St Ives Town F.C. play their football matches on a pitch at The Saltings next to the station.

Services[edit]

All trains are operated by Great Western Railway. Until May 2019, the station was served by two trains per hour between St Erth and St Ives.

Since May 2019 the station is served by a 'Parliamentary service' of just one train per day in each direction (calling at 07:56 towards St Ives and at 09:30 towards St Erth).[4] The reduction in service was due to the relocation of the Park and Ride facility to St Erth. As a result of the reduction in services, Lelant, which previously had a very limited service, is now served more frequently.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
St Erth   Great Western Railway
St Ives Bay Line
  Lelant

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Success for St Ives rail link". Modern Railways. Ian Allan Ltd. 35 (362): 490. November 1978. ISSN 0026-8356.
  3. ^ Jacobs, Gerald (2005). Railway Track Diagrams Book 3: Western. Bradford-on-Avon: Trackmaps. ISBN 0-9549866-1-X.
  4. ^ "St Erth - St Ives" (PDF). Great Western Railway.
This station offers access to the South West Coast Path
Distance to path 150 yards (140 m)
Next station anticlockwise Lelant 0.75 miles (1 km)
Next station clockwise Hayle 2 miles (3 km)