Long Preston railway station

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Long Preston National Rail
Long Preston railway station in 2005.jpg
A steam train taking on water at Long Preston railway station in 2005
Location
Place Long Preston
Local authority Craven
Coordinates 54°01′01″N 2°15′22″W / 54.017°N 2.256°W / 54.017; -2.256Coordinates: 54°01′01″N 2°15′22″W / 54.017°N 2.256°W / 54.017; -2.256
Grid reference SD833579
Operations
Station code LPR
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 Decrease 13,380
2012/13 Increase 13,644
2013/14 Decrease 13,448
2014/15 Increase 14,328
2015/16 Decrease 13,918
History
1849 Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Long Preston from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Long Preston railway station serves the village of Long Preston in North Yorkshire, England. The station is 37.5 miles (60 km) north-west of Leeds on the Leeds to Morecambe Line and is managed by Northern who provide all passenger train services.

It is the last station before the Settle-Carlisle Line and the Leeds to Morecambe Line diverge at Settle Junction to the north of the village. Facilities at the station are somewhat basic - the original wooden station buildings were demolished in the early 1970s and there are now just simple waiting shelters on each platform.

It is unstaffed and passengers must buy their tickets on the train. There is level access to the southbound platform only - the opposite side has a ramp, but this is quite steep and is not recommended for use by disabled travellers.[1] Train running information is provided by telephone and timetable posters.

The station was opened on 30 July 1849 by the "little" North Western Railway, later taken over by the Midland Railway.[2]

Services[edit]

Generally, there is a train every two hours from Long Preston southbound towards Leeds (nine departures per day in total) and northbound. All services from Leeds to Lancaster and Morecambe (five per day) stop there, along with three Leeds to Carlisle trains. There is also one train each day that runs north only as far as Ribblehead, and one Morecambe train which continues to Heysham.[3]

For many years on Sundays, only Leeds - Morecambe trains stopped at Long Preston. However, since 2009, certain Carlisle trains have also served the station on Sundays. As a result, there are now four trains to Morecambe and one to Carlisle northbound and six trains to Leeds southbound (the two morning/early afternoon services on the Morecambe line that formerly ran in summer only up until 2010 now run throughout the year).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Long Preston station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 29 November 2016
  2. ^ Bairstow, p. 96
  3. ^ GB eNRT December 2016 Edition, Table 42 (Network Rail)

References[edit]

  • Bairstow, M. (2000), The 'Little' North Western Railway, Martin Bairstow, Leeds, ISBN 1-871944-21-X

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Hellifield   Northern
Leeds to Morecambe Line
  Giggleswick
Hellifield   Northern
Settle-Carlisle Line
  Settle
Historical railways
Hellifield   Midland Railway
"Little" North Western Railway
  Settle Junction