Nelson railway station

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Nelson National Rail
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Location
Place Nelson
Local authority Pendle
Grid reference SD860376
Operations
Station code NEL
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 Steady 66,119
2005/06 Increase 70,692
2006/07 Increase 78,873
2007/08 Increase 84,120
2008/09 Decrease 83,462
2009/10 Increase 0.101 million
2010/11 Increase 0.117 million
2011/12 Increase 0.130 million
2012/13 Increase 0.139 million
2013/14 Increase 0.147 million
2014/15 Decrease 131,864
2015/16 Decrease 129,762
History
Key dates Opened 1849 (1849)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Nelson from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Nelson railway station serves the town of Nelson in Lancashire, and is situated on the East Lancashire Line 2 miles (3 km) away from the terminus at Colne. The station is managed by Northern, which also provides its passenger service. The station was opened on 1 February 1849 by the East Lancashire Railway (which later became part of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway)[1][2] as Nelson Inn, Marsden named after the public house adjacent to the station.[citation needed]

It was not until later in the nineteenth century that Nelson came into existence as a town and was previously two separate villages called Great Marsden and Little Marsden. The line was formerly on a through route to Skipton and the Aire Valley, but this was closed beyond Colne in 1970.

The station forms part of Nelson Interchange, which also includes a new bus station, which opened in December 2008, adjacent to the now disused eastbound platform. The station originally had an island platform configuration, but only the westbound face is now used following the singling of the track southwards to Rose Grove in December 1986. The station still has its original platform canopy.

Facilities[edit]

The station is still staffed on a part-time basis (Mon-Sat mornings & afternoons), with the local Tourist Information office located here.[3] Full step-free access is available, with ramps & a lift to/from platform level to the main entrance, plus a level walkway to the bus station building.

Services[edit]

Monday to Saturdays, there is an hourly service from Nelson towards Burnley Central, Accrington, Blackburn, Preston and Blackpool South, westbound and Colne, eastbound. One morning peak service formerly ran to Manchester Victoria from Blackburn instead of Preston, returning from Manchester in the evening, but this no longer runs since the May 2009 timetable change (it was diverted to run to/from Clitheroe).[4]

There is a two-hourly service in each direction on Sundays.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. pp. 115, 123. ISBN 0-7153-4352-1. 
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 167. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  3. ^ Nelson station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 25 November 2016]
  4. ^ Northern Rail Timetable 9 - Colne to Preston & Blackpool 17 May - 12 December 2009 Northern Rail website; retrieved 27 January 2016
  5. ^ Table 97 National Rail timetable, May 2016

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Brierfield   Northern
East Lancashire Line
  Colne

Coordinates: 53°50′06″N 2°12′50″W / 53.835°N 2.214°W / 53.835; -2.214