Cark & Cartmel railway station

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Cark & Cartmel is a railway station on the Furness line, which runs between Barrow-in-Furness and Lancaster. The station, situated 15+14 miles (25 km) north-east of Barrow-in-Furness, serves the villages of Allithwaite, Cark, Cartmel and Flookburgh in Cumbria. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.

Cark & Cartmel
National Rail
Footbridge, Cark and Cartmel Station.jpg
General information
LocationCark, South Lakeland
England
Coordinates54°10′41″N 2°58′26″W / 54.1779678°N 2.9740018°W / 54.1779678; -2.9740018Coordinates: 54°10′41″N 2°58′26″W / 54.1779678°N 2.9740018°W / 54.1779678; -2.9740018
Grid referenceSD365762
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Platforms2
Tracks2
Other information
Station codeCAK
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Original companyUlverstone and Lancaster Railway
Pre-groupingFurness Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
British Rail (London Midland Region)
Key dates
1 September 1857Opened
Passengers
2016/17Decrease 75,790
2017/18Increase 76,572
2018/19Decrease 71,234
2019/20Increase 82,828
2020/21Decrease 24,112
Location
Cark & Cartmel is located in South Lakeland
Cark & Cartmel
Cark & Cartmel
Location in South Lakeland, Cumbria
Cark & Cartmel is located in Cumbria
Cark & Cartmel
Cark & Cartmel
Location in Cumbria, England
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

HistoryEdit

The station is architecturally interesting, with buildings constructed by the Ulverstone and Lancaster Railway. The station opened on 1 September 1857 as Cark-in-Cartmell. The station was then renamed a number of times, including Cark, Cark and Cartmel and Cark-in-Cartmel, with the current name adopted on 13 May 1984.[1]

The Furness Railway took over the Ulverstone and Lancaster Railway on 21 January 1862. It was later absorbed into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway on 1 January 1923.

The station had a particular importance, as it serves Holker Hall, the home of Lord Cavendish of Furness formerly belonging to the Dukes of Devonshire. Special waiting rooms were provided for the dukes and their guests. The actual building retains many original features and is now a private residence. It extends to approximately one acre of gardens and woodland.

FacilitiesEdit

The station is unstaffed but has been provided with ticket machines to allow intending travellers to buy tickets prior to travel. There are shelters and digital information screens on each platform, along with a long-line PA system for train running information provision. The platforms are linked by a footbridge, but step-free access is also available on each side for disabled travellers.[2]

ServiceEdit

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

The station is on the Furness line linking Lancaster and Barrow (though some services extend south to Preston or north east to Carlisle). The station receives a roughly hourly service to Barrow-in-Furness, with a limited number of services continuing to Carlisle via Whitehaven.

There is also a roughly hourly service towards Lancaster, with a limited number of services continuing to Preston. A number of services continue through to Manchester Airport. These were formerly operated by First TransPennine Express up until the end of the old Northern and TransPennine franchises on 31 March 2016. Sundays see an hourly service each way (with some longer gaps).[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Quick, Michael (2009). Railway Passenger Stations in Great Britain: A Chronology. Railway and Canal Historical Society. p. 114. ISBN 978-0901461575.
  2. ^ Cark and Cartmel Station Information National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 25 November 2016
  3. ^ Table 82 National Rail timetable, December 2019

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Ulverston   Northern Trains
Cumbria–Manchester Airport
  Kents Bank
    Grange-over-Sands
Ulverston   Northern Trains
Furness line
  Kents Bank
  Historical railways  
Grange-over-Sands   Furness Railway   Kents Bank