Salwick railway station

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Salwick National Rail
Salwick platform level electrified.jpg
Local authorityFylde
Coordinates53°46′55″N 2°49′10″W / 53.7819°N 2.8195°W / 53.7819; -2.8195Coordinates: 53°46′55″N 2°49′10″W / 53.7819°N 2.8195°W / 53.7819; -2.8195
Grid referenceSD461320
Station codeSLW
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Decrease 2,612
2015/16Increase 3,154
2016/17Decrease 2,162
2017/18Decrease 1,518
2018/19Decrease 1,404
Original companyPreston and Wyre Joint Railway
Pre-groupingL&YR and L&NWR joint
Post-groupingLondon Midland and Scottish Railway
1842Opened as Salwick Road[1]
June 1842Renamed Salwick[1]
2 May 1938Closed[1]
8 April 1940Reopened[1]
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Salwick from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Salwick railway station is situated on the Preston-to-Blackpool railway line in England, 5 14 miles (8.4 km) west of Preston, and is managed by Northern. The station lies between Preston and Kirkham, near the village of Clifton.

The station was closed on 2 May 1938 along with Lea Road railway station to the east, but was reopened on 8 April 1940 to serve the adjacent industrial complex.[2][3]

Lancashire County Council has pledged to construct a new station at nearby Cottam which may require the closure of Salwick as referred to at page 38 of the Central Lancashire Highways and Transport Masterplan.[4]


Salwick is served by only three trains towards Preston and three towards Blackpool a day, but it is not a formal request stop; trains are timetabled to stop there. In the May 2019 timetable the three westbound calls are provided by one service to Blackpool South in the morning and two to Blackpool North in the afternoon/evening, whilst eastbound services run to Preston (and onward to Colne) from Blackpool South in the morning peak and one train to Liverpool Lime Street via Wigan North Western in the evening.[5]

It is used by very few passengers (as low as 1, 404 in 2018–19), but provides a commuter service for the workers at the nearby Springfields Westinghouse nuclear fuel production complex.

Trains do not call at Salwick on Sundays.


The modernisation and electrification of the Preston to Blackpool North line, and hence the station was announced in December 2009.[6] The modernisation included rebuilding and raising the road bridge in the station vicinity for necessary electrification clearance and completely new signalling of the entire line[7] along with rationalisation of the lines and removal of the spur into the nuclear facility nearby. The removal of the signal box along with four others along the line was included as part of the works.[8][9] This resulted in a total blockade of the line as far as Kirkham and thus including Salwick station from 11 November 2017 until 29 January 2018.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b c d 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. 205. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  2. ^ Biddle, G (1989). The Railways Around Preston - A Historical Review. Scenes from the Past. Foxline Publishing. p. 56. ISBN 1-870119-05-3.
  3. ^ Bairstow, Martin (2001). Railways of Blackpool and the Fylde. Martin Bairstow Publ. p. 37. ISBN 1-871944-23-6.
  4. ^ Highways and Transport masterplan (Link) Archived 31 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine Lancashire County Council
  5. ^ Table 97 National Rail timetable, May 2019
  6. ^ "Railway lines to be electrified". 14 December 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Wayback Machine" (PDF). 13 October 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Network Rail confirms Blackpool electrification plans | Railnews | Today's news for Tomorrow's railway". Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  9. ^ "North West Electrification Project Phase 3 - VolkerRail". Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Blackpool rail route reopens but electrification work hits problems". Blackpool Gazette. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Electrification means Blackpool and Preston railway connected to WCML for first time". Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  • Taylor, Stuart (1997). Journeys by Excursion Train: Preston to Blackpool (Central). Scenes from the Past. Foxline Publishing. pp. 44–45. ISBN 1-870119-51-7.

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