Squires Gate railway station

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Squires Gate National Rail
Squires Gate station - geograph.org.uk - 1400998.jpg
Location
PlaceSquires Gate
Local authorityFylde
Coordinates53°46′38″N 3°03′01″W / 53.7773°N 3.0503°W / 53.7773; -3.0503Coordinates: 53°46′38″N 3°03′01″W / 53.7773°N 3.0503°W / 53.7773; -3.0503
Grid referenceSD30883173
Operations
Station codeSQU
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms1
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 23,312
2014/15Decrease 21,524
2015/16Decrease 19,884
2016/17Increase 19,972
2017/18Decrease 16,706
History
1 April 1865Stony Hill Station opened
1872Stony Hill Station closed
14 September 1931Squires Gate Station opened[1]
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Squires Gate from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Squires Gate railway station serves the Squires Gate area of the popular seaside resort of Blackpool, Lancashire, England, although it is located just outside the borough boundary. It lies on the Blackpool South to Colne line and is the nearest station to Blackpool International Airport. Squires Gate is located about 400 metres (1,300 ft) from Starr Gate tram stop on the Blackpool Tramway.

History[edit]

Between 1865 and 1872, Stony Hill railway station was located in the same area.[2] The present station opened on 14 September 1931 by the LMS.

It was planned that Squires Gate may have been renamed Blackpool International Station at some point, along with the provision of direct and flat surface access from the station to the airport.[3]

Services[edit]

Squires Gate is served by an hourly service northbound to Blackpool South and southbound to Preston, operated by Northern who also manage the station.[4] Sunday services also run on an hourly frequency, running beyond Preston to Blackburn and Colne.

The majority of services on the line are operated by Class 142 Pacer trains, though Class 150 units also appear.

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Blackpool History"" (PDF). (175 KiB), Blackpool Borough Council Tourism Division, accessed 17 October 2007
  2. ^ Welch, M.S. (2004) Lancashire Steam Finale, Runpast Publishing, Cheltenham, ISBN 1-870754-61-1, p.31
  3. ^ "Blackpool Airport - Masterplan" (PDF). Retrieved 16 April 2008.
  4. ^ GB eNRT May 2018 Edition, Table 97 (Network Rail)

Sources[edit]

  • Bairstow, Martin (2001). Railways of Blackpool and the Fylde. Martin Bairstow Publications. ISBN 1-871944-23-6.

External links[edit]

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