Smithy Bridge railway station

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Smithy Bridge National Rail
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Smithy Bridge railway station
Location
Place Smithy Bridge
Local authority Rochdale
Grid reference SD925151
Operations
Station code SMB
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.163 million
2012/13 Increase 0.167 million
2013/14 Decrease 0.147 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.144 million
2015/16 Increase 0.149 million
History
1868
1960
1985
Original station opened
Closed
Current station opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Smithy Bridge from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Smithy Bridge railway station serves the village of Smithy Bridge and Hollingworth Lake near Rochdale in Greater Manchester, England. The station is on the Caldervale Line 12 34 miles (20.5 km) north of Manchester Victoria on the way to Leeds.

Facilities[edit]

The station is unstaffed, but there are ticket machines available to allow intending passengers to purchase or collect tickets prior to travelling. Both platforms have waiting shelters and step-free access.[1]

Services[edit]

There is a basic half-hourly service (with peak period extras) from the station to Manchester Victoria southbound and to Todmorden northbound on weekdays. From there, trains continue alternately to Blackburn via Burnley Manchester Road and to Leeds via Brighouse. In the early morning & evenings trains to Leeds run via Halifax but on the same frequency, whilst in Sundays the service is hourly and provided by the Manchester to Blackburn trains.[2]

History[edit]

The station was first opened by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in October 1868. In 1915, the station was the scene of a tragic accident involving an express train and an empty stock train. Four people died and many others were injured. It was closed on 2 May 1960 by British Rail but reopened on its original site,albeit with a slightly different platform layout, on 19 August 1985 with financial assistance from Greater Manchester PTE. The signal box here, which controlled the level crossing and acted as a 'fringe' box to Preston PSB from 1973 onwards, was downgraded in late 2011 from a block post to a crossing box. The signalling is remotely operated from the new 'Rochdale West' panel at Castleton (which also supervises the layout at Rochdale and will eventually replace another box at Castleton East Junction) and the crossing is now automatic. Smithy Bridge Crossing box was closed early in 2014 and has since been demolished.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Smith Bridge station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 28 November 2016
  2. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 41
  3. ^ "Train leaving Smithy Bridge (2015)" Thwaite, Peter Geograph.org; Retrieved 19 November 2016

References[edit]

  • The Weighvers Seaport by A W Colligan in association with George Kelsall (ISBN 0-9505577-0-6)

External links[edit]


Railways in Rochdale
 Past, present and future 
Rossendale Lines
to Bacup
Calderdale Lines
to Calderdale
Broadley
Littleborough
Shawclough
and Healey
Smithy Bridge
Wardleworth
Rochdale
Newbold
Rochdale
Town Centre
Kingsway
Business Park
Milnrow
East Lancs Rly
to Bury
Newhey
Broadfield
Oldham Lines
to Oldham
East Lancashire RailwayHeywood
Castleton
Mills Hill
Middleton
Manchester Lines North
to Manchester
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Rochdale   Northern
Caldervale Line
  Littleborough

Coordinates: 53°38′00″N 2°06′48″W / 53.6333°N 2.1134°W / 53.6333; -2.1134