Aspatria railway station

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Aspatria National Rail
Aspatria Railway Station.jpg
Location
Place Aspatria
Local authority Allerdale
Coordinates 54°45′32″N 3°19′55″W / 54.759°N 3.332°W / 54.759; -3.332Coordinates: 54°45′32″N 3°19′55″W / 54.759°N 3.332°W / 54.759; -3.332
Grid reference NY143412
Operations
Station code ASP
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Decrease 29,472
2013/14 Decrease 26,170
2014/15 Increase 27,682
2015/16 Decrease 26,842
2016/17 Decrease 25,904
History
Key dates Opened 12 April 1841 (12 April 1841)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Aspatria from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Aspatria railway station serves the town of Aspatria in Cumbria, England. The railway station is a request stop on part of the scenic Cumbrian Coast Line 20 miles (32 km) south west of Carlisle. The station is operated by Northern who provide all passenger train services.

History

Opened by the Maryport and Carlisle Railway in 1841 (although the line through to Carlisle wasn't completed until 1845), the station was once the junction for the branch line to Mealsgate. Passenger trains on this route began in 1866 but ceased in September 1930 and complete closure followed in 1952.[1]

The station became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923, and then passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

When Sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by Regional Railways until the Privatisation of British Railways.

The station signal box was the last surviving example built by the Maryport & Carlisle company prior to its closure and demolition in 1998.[2]

Facilities

The station is unstaffed and has no ticket machine, so tickets must be purchased prior to travel or on the train (the main buildings are now in private residential use). Shelters are located on both platforms. Timetable posters and a telephone are provided to give train running information, whilst there is also public wifi access on offer. The platforms are linked by footbridge and there is step-free access to each one.[3]

Service

There is generally an hourly service northbound to Carlisle and southbound to Whitehaven with most trains going onward to Barrow-in-Furness (no late evening service operates south of Whitehaven).[4]

Train operator Northern introduced a regular through sunday service to Barrow via the coast at the May 2018 timetable change - the first such service south of Whitehaven for more than 40 years. Services run approximately hourly from late morning until early evening, with later trains terminating at Whitehaven. This represents a major upgrade on the former infrequent service of four per day each way to/from Whitehaven only that previously operated.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The Bolton Loop
  2. ^ Aspatria Signal Box
  3. ^ Aspatria station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 20 December 2016
  4. ^ GB eNRT May 2018 Edition, Table 100

References

  • Marshall, J (1981) Forgotten Railways North-West England, David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd, Newton Abbott. ISBN 0-7153-8003-6
  • 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. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687. 
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137. 
  • Station on navigable O.S. map

External links

  • Train times and station information for Aspatria railway station from National Rail
  • The station, via Holme St Cuthbert History Group
Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Northern
Cumbrian Coast Line
Historical railways
Line open, station closed
Maryport and Carlisle Railway
Line open, station closed
Disused railways
Line and station closed
Maryport and Carlisle Railway
Line open, station closed
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