Maryport railway station

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Maryport National Rail
Maryport Station - - 1831009.jpg
Maryport railway station in 1951
Place Maryport
Local authority Allerdale
Grid reference NY037361
Station code MRY
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Decrease 104,630
2012/13 Decrease 103,260
2013/14 Decrease 94,941
2014/15 Increase 99,726
2015/16 Decrease 90,392
1840 first station opened
1860 second station
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Maryport from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Maryport railway station serves the town of Maryport in Cumbria, England. The railway station is a stop on the Cumbrian Coast Line 27 miles (44 km) south-west of Carlisle. It is operated by Northern who provide all passenger train services. It is unstaffed and passengers must buy their ticket on the train or at an automatic ticket machine outside the platform.[1] Step-free access to the platform is available; train running information is provided by digital information screens and timetable posters.

A new "eco-friendly" waiting shelter was erected at the station in the autumn 2011 (at a coast of £120,000) to replace the more basic facilities previously offered.[2][3]

The station is somewhat unusual in that it consists of a single bi-directional platform rather than the usual two side platforms used elsewhere on the double-track sections of the Cumbrian Coast line. Southbound trains have to cross over to the northbound line to reach the platform before returning to the correct line south of the station. This can cause delays if two trains are scheduled to call in quick succession or if one or more trains are running late. Network Rail plans to address this issue as part of a future resignalling scheme.[4]


A 1904 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing (left) railways in the vicinity of Maryport (M&C in pink; LNWR in red)

Two railway companies originally served the town - the Maryport and Carlisle Railway (M&C), which opened the line to Carlisle in stages between 1840 and 1845, and the Whitehaven Junction Railway which ran southwards to Workington and Whitehaven and opened in 1847. The latter company was taken over by the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) in 1866, but the M&C remained independent right up until absorption into the LMS in January 1923.[5]

The station is the second to be built in the town - it dates from 1860 and replaced the original 1840 one built by the M&CR for its opening.[6] The old M&CR headquarters formed part of the substantial station building formerly located here (see photo), but this was demolished in the 1970s.


There is generally an hourly service northbound to Carlisle and southbound to Whitehaven with most daytime trains going forward to Barrow-in-Furness (eleven per day) and certain trains through to Lancaster (three) and Preston (one).[7] On Sundays there are four trains each way to Carlisle and Whitehaven only.

In the aftermath of the 2009 Cumbria floods, an additional hourly shuttle service operated southbound stopping at stations to Workington. All services between Workington, Workington North, Flimby and Maryport were free of charge until this service was terminated on 28 May 2010.


By rail[edit]

Trains on the Cumbrian Coast Line run between Carlisle and Whitehaven, but some services go beyond Whitehaven to Barrow-in-Furness, and occasionally Lancaster.

By bus[edit]

Several bus routes stop in Maryport and can provide connections for travellers using the railway station. The bus stops on the A596 are only a short walk from the station.[8] The number 60 begins in Maryport and heads north-west up the B5300 to Silloth, calling at Allonby, Mawbray, Beckfoot, and Blitterlees,[9] and provides residents of these smaller settlements with a connection to the station. There are also buses heading north toward Carlisle via Crosby and Aspatria, south toward Workington via Dunmail Park shopping centre, and east toward Cockermouth.[10]


  1. ^ Maryport Station Information Northern website; Retrieved 5 December 2016
  2. ^ 'Eco' train station officially opened at Maryport News & Star article 21 October 2011; Retrieved 5 December 2016
  3. ^ Maryport station entrance in 2010 Clough R, Clough T; Retrieved 5 December 2016
  4. ^ Network Rail Lancashire & Cumbria RUS Summary - Network Rail Media Centre Accessed 2008-09-01
  5. ^ Maryport & Carlisle Railway History
  6. ^ Maryport & Carlisle RailwayCumbrian Railways Association; Retrieved 5 December 2016
  7. ^ Table 100 National Rail timetable, December 2016
  8. ^ "Google Maps - the location of the main A596 through Maryport relative to the station.". Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Reays City Hopper - 60". Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Reays City Hopper - 58". Retrieved 28 December 2014. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Cumbrian Coast Line
Historical railways
Dearham Bridge
Line open, station closed
  Maryport and Carlisle Railway   Terminus

Coordinates: 54°42′43″N 3°29′42″W / 54.712°N 3.495°W / 54.712; -3.495