Arnside railway station

Arnside railway station is a railway station that serves the village of Arnside in Cumbria, England. It is located on the Furness Line from Barrow-in-Furness to Lancaster.The station is owned by Network Rail and is operated by Northern who provide all passenger train services.

Arnside National Rail
Arnside station.JPG
Location
PlaceArnside
Local authoritySouth Lakeland
Coordinates54°12′07″N 2°49′41″W / 54.202°N 2.828°W / 54.202; -2.828Coordinates: 54°12′07″N 2°49′41″W / 54.202°N 2.828°W / 54.202; -2.828
Grid referenceSD461788
Operations
Station codeARN
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Decrease 0.114 million
2015/16Decrease 0.110 million
2016/17Increase 0.111 million
2017/18Decrease 0.103 million
2018/19Decrease 96,348
History
Key datesOpened 1858 (1858)
Pre-groupingUlverston and Lancaster Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
  • Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Arnside from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

A short distance west of the station, the railway crosses the Kent estuary on an impressive 50-span viaduct that is some 1,558-foot (475 m) long.[1] This historic structure underwent major repairs and refurbishment, including the complete replacement of the rail deck in 2011. Similar work was carried out on the nearby Leven Estuary viaduct in the spring of 2006.

HistoryEdit

Opened in 1858 by the Ulverstone and Lancaster Railway (a company backed by, and later taken over by the Furness Railway) (FR), the station became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The station 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 Rail.

A short branch line to Sandside and Hincaster Junction on the West Coast Main Line once diverged from the main line here, which carried a Grange-over-Sands to Kendal local service from its opening in 1876 until 1942.[2] In July 1922, this FR service ran five times per day in each direction on weekdays. The branch was also used by mineral trains from County Durham to the Barrow-in-Furness area, allowing them to avoid having to reverse direction at the busy junction at Carnforth. Local freight traffic continued as far as Sandside until final closure of the line in 1972. The disused platform face and trackbed is still visible behind the southbound platform.

FacilitiesEdit

Whilst one building remains at the station, it is not in railway use. Shelters are provided for passengers on both platforms, but the only link between them is via a footbridge with stairs (no step-free access).[3] Digital information screens, customer help points, timetable posters and automated announcements provide train running details. As the station is unstaffed, tickets can only be bought from the ticket machine or on the train.

ServicesEdit

Northern Trains Route 6:
Cumbrian Coast & Windermere Lines
Carlisle      
 
Dalston  
 
Wigton    
 
Aspatria    
 
Maryport    
 
Flimby
 
Workington  
 
Harrington  
 
Parton  
 
Whitehaven    
 
Corkickle
 
St. Bees  
 
Nethertown  
 
Braystones
 
Sellafield  
 
Seascale    
 
Drigg
 
Ravenglass  
 
 
Bootle  
 
Silecroft
 
Millom    
 
Green Road  
 
Foxfield
 
Kirkby-in-Furness  
 
Askam  
 
Barrow-in-Furness    
 
Roose
 
Dalton  
 
Ulverston      
 
Cark and Cartmel  
 
 
Windermere      
Kents Bank
 
 
Staveley  
Grange-over-Sands      
 
 
Burneside  
Arnside  
 
 
Kendal    
Silverdale  
 
 
Oxenholme Lake District      
Carnforth  
 
 
 
 
 
Lancaster      
 
Preston      
 
Wigan North Western      
 
Manchester Oxford Road
 
Manchester Piccadilly        
 
Manchester Airport          

It is served by stopping trains between Lancaster and Barrow, with some continuing to Sellafield or Carlisle via the Cumbrian Coast Line in the northbound direction and by some through services southbound to Preston and Manchester Airport. There is one train per hour in each direction on weekdays, although the varying nature of the stopping patterns of each service means the timetable is irregular. On Sundays there is a train every hour each way (up from a two-hourly frequency since May 2018).[4]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Visit Cumbria - Arnside station Archived July 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Accessed 28 October 2008
  2. ^ Marshall, J (1981) Forgotten Railways North-West England, David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd, ISBN 0-7153-8003-6; p.104
  3. ^ Arnside Station Details Northern Station Pages; Retrieved 25 November 2016
  4. ^ Table 82 National Rail timetable, May 2019

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Preceding station     National Rail   Following station
Northern
Furness Line
Grange-Over-Sands   Northern Connect
Barrow-In-Furness - Manchester Airport
  Silverdale
(limited service)
    Carnforth
Disused railways
Grange-over-Sands
Line and station open
  Furness Railway
Hincaster Branch
  Sandside
Line and station closed