Lelant railway station

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Lelant National Rail
Lelant
Location
Place Lelant
Local authority Cornwall
Coordinates 50°11′02″N 5°26′11″W / 50.18380°N 5.43650°W / 50.18380; -5.43650Coordinates: 50°11′02″N 5°26′11″W / 50.18380°N 5.43650°W / 50.18380; -5.43650
Grid reference SW547372
Operations
Station code LEL
Managed by First Great Western
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03 6,913
2004/05 Increase 8,697
2005/06 Decrease 1,653
2006/07 Decrease 250
2007/08 Decrease 240
2008/09 Increase 592
2009/10 Decrease 324
2010/11 Increase 1,842
2011/12 Increase 2,910
2012/13 Increase 2,322
2013/14 Increase 2,494
History
Original company Great Western Railway
Opened 1877
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Lelant from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Picturesque Lelant railway station is on the waterfront of the Hayle estuary below the village of Lelant in Cornwall, United Kingdom. Opened in 1877, it is now only a request stop served by just a limited number of trains.

History[edit]

The old station building

The station was opened by the Great Western Railway on 1 June 1877 on their new branch line from St Erth to St Ives. No goods sidings were ever provided at the station, but a line was laid from the station out to sidings on Lelant Wharf where traffic could be transferred between railway wagons and boats. The St Ives branch was laid using 7 ft (2,134 mm) broad gauge but in October 1888 a third rail was added to the line from St Erth to allow 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge goods trains to reach the wharf. The last broad gauge train ran on Friday 20 May 1892; since the following Monday all trains have been standard gauge.[1]

Goods traffic was withdrawn in May 1956[2] and the station is now unstaffed. The original wooden station building is now a private dwelling and has been extended in a sympathetic style. The village is at the top of the road that climbs the hill opposite the station entrance. The Old Station house was renovated in July 2009[citation needed] and serves cream teas. A level crossing at the St Erth end of the platform gave access to a slipway with the crossing gates hung on granite pillars in the local style. Three of these pillars still stand by the line.

Description[edit]

The station is 1 mile (1.6 km) north of St Erth and faces the Hayle Estuary. There is just a single platform, which is on the left of trains arriving from St Erth.[3]

Limited car parking is available, adjacent to the platform. The village is at the top of the road that climbs the hill opposite the station entrance.

Services[edit]

Lelant is a request stop for all trains scheduled to stop at the station, passengers wanting to join the train need to signal to the driver, and those who wish to alight need to inform the conductor.

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
First Great Western

References[edit]

  1. ^ MacDermot, E T (1931). History of the Great Western Railway. 2 (1863-1921) (1 ed.). London: Great Western Railway. ISBN 0-7110-0411-0. 
  2. ^ Jenkins, Stanley C (1992). "the St Ives Branch". Great Western Railway Journal (Wild Swan Publications Ltd) (Cornish Special Issue): 2–34. 
  3. ^ Jacobs, Gerald (2005). Railway Track Diagrams Book 3: Western. Bradford-on-Avon: Trackmaps. ISBN 0-9549866-1-X. 
This station offers access to the South West Coast Path
Distance to path 0.25 miles (0.40 km)
Next station anticlockwise Carbis Bay 1 mile (1.6 km)
Next station clockwise Lelant Saltings 0.25 miles (0.40 km)