Squires Gate railway station

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Squires Gate National Rail
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Location
Place Squires Gate
Local authority Fylde
Coordinates 53°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 reference SD30883173
Operations
Station code SQU
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Decrease 21,300
2012/13 Decrease 20,394
2013/14 Increase 23,312
2014/15 Decrease 21,524
2015/16 Decrease 19,884
History
1 April 1865 Stony Hill Station opened
1872 Stony Hill Station closed
14 September 1931 Squires 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.
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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 200 metres (660 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 and Colne operated by Northern who also manage the station.[4] Sunday services do not run from November to February, but operate for the remainder of the year on an hourly frequency.

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 2008-04-16. 
  4. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 97 (Network Rail)

Sources[edit]

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

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Blackpool
Pleasure Beach
  Northern
Blackpool Branch Line
  St Annes-
-on-the-Sea
Historical railways
South Shore   London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Blackpool and Lytham Railway
  St Annes-
-on-the-Sea