New Lane railway station
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New Lane railway station in 2015.
|Local authority||West Lancashire|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Manchester and Southport Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway|
|Post-grouping||London Midland and Scottish Railway|
|9 April 1855||Opened|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at New Lane from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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New Lane railway station serves the rural communities and farming villages around New Lane in West Lancashire, in the north-west of England. It is served and managed by Northern and is situated near the Martin Mere bird sanctuary, which can be reached by a 1-mile walk.
The main stone-built station building survives adjacent to the Wigan-bound platform, but is now in use for non-railway purposes (as a private house), modest shelters now being provided on both platforms for rail travellers.
The station was built by the Manchester and Southport Railway and opened on 9 April 1855, and from January 1885 was part of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L&YR). The main stone-built station building (no longer in use) was built during this time, in the standard L&YR style (albeit on a smaller scale compared with Burscough Bridge). The L&YR amalgamated with the London and North Western Railway on 1 January 1922 and in turn was grouped into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) in 1923. Nationalisation followed in 1948. When Sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by Regional Railways until the privatisation of British Rail. Like neighbouring Bescar Lane, the station here formerly had its level crossing manually operated from a nearby signal box and both platforms on the same side of the crossing. The present staggered arrangement was introduced when the box was abolished and automatic half barriers installed in the early 1990s.
The station is unstaffed and has no ticket machine, so tickets must be purchased on the train or prior to travel. Timetable posters and a telephone are provided to give train running information. Step-free access is available to both platforms.
Trains run to Southport and Manchester Victoria via Wigan Wallgate every two hours. A number of peak Southport-Manchester Piccadilly/Manchester Airport trains additionally call here. The last service to Southport is at 21:24 hours with the last service towards Wigan Wallgate and Manchester stations being at 22:32. There is no Sunday service, though a normal service operates on most bank holidays.
- Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 170. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
- New Lane Station in 1972 Images of Burscough; Retrieved 19 December 2016
- New Lane station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 19 December 2016
- Great Britain eNRT December 2016 Edition, Table 82
- Media related to New Lane railway station at Wikimedia Commons
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