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Adlington railway station (Lancashire)

Adlington railway station serves the town of Adlington, near Chorley in Lancashire, England. It is a two-platform station on the Chorley-Bolton line. This is part of the Northern service link between Preston and Manchester.

Adlington (Lancashire) National Rail
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Adlington railway station in 2009
Location
PlaceAdlington
Local authorityChorley
Grid referenceSD602131
Operations
Station codeADL
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.110 million
2014/15Increase 0.111 million
2015/16Increase 0.116 million
2016/17Increase 0.122 million
2017/18Decrease 0.114 million
History
Key datesOpened 4 February 1841 (4 February 1841)
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Adlington (Lancashire) from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Until 1960 Adlington was also served by a station named White Bear (on the Lancashire Union Railway).

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HistoryEdit

On 15 June 1837 by act of Parliament, the Bolton and Preston Railway Company constructed a link with the Manchester line comprising nine and a half miles of railway to a temporary terminus at Rawlinson Lane. By December 1841 the line had reached Chorley and Adlington station opened to take over from Rawlinson Bridge.

The line would pass into the hands London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The line then passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

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

FacilitiesEdit

The station has a staffed ticket office, open from start of service until 13:10 Mondays to Saturday. Outside these hours, tickets must be bought in advance or from the conductor on the train. A waiting room is available in the main building when the booking office is open and there are shelters on each platforms. Train running information is provided by timetable posters and telephone. There is step-free access to both platforms.[1]

ServicesEdit

There is a basic hourly service in each direction (including evenings & Sundays) to Manchester Victoria southbound and to Preston northbound (Blackpool North on Sundays).[2] Additional trains call during weekday peak periods, including through services to Blackpool North, Manchester Airport and Hazel Grove.

Saturday and Sunday services were replaced by buses most weekends from May 2015 until November 2018 due to the late-running electrification work on the route.[3] Weekend services resumed on Sunday 11 November 2018 after the completion of the electrification engineering work.

Following the May 2018 timetable change some stopping services will no longer call here, stopping at Chorley and carrying straight through to Blackrod. This means that there is a 2-hour gap between direct services to Manchester Victoria in the early morning.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Chorley   Northern
Manchester-Preston Line
  Blackrod

Electric service commenced on 11 February 2019 utilising Class 319 electric multiple units.

Renovation and ElectrificationEdit

 
Work in August 2018 at Adlington Railway Station including electrification
 
Work in August 2018 at Adlington Railway Station including electrification
 
Work in August 2018 at Adlington Railway Station including electrification -general view

It was announced by the Department for Transport in December 2009, the line between Preston and Manchester, on which the station is situated, would be electrified enabling a reduction in journey times to Manchester by up to ten minutes.[4] There have been many delays but completion was in December 2018 when test trains (Virgin Pendolino) finally ran between Preston and Manchester.[5]

Electric service commenced on 11 February 2019 utilising Class 319 electric multiple units.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Adlington (Lancs) station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 9 December 2016
  2. ^ Table 82 National Rail timetable, May 2019
  3. ^ Manchester - Bolton - Preston route improvement worksNorthern website news article; Retrieved 2 August 2018
  4. ^ Milmo, Dan (2009-12-09). "Rail electrification gets green light". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  5. ^ "VIDEO: Watch first successful electric train tests through Bolton". The Bolton News. Retrieved 2019-01-02.

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