Drigg railway station

Drigg is a railway station on the Cumbrian Coast Line, which runs between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. The station, situated 31 miles (50 km) north-west of Barrow-in-Furness, serves the villages of Drigg and Holmrook in Cumbria. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.

Drigg
National Rail
Drigg Railway Station (geograph 3109959).jpg
General information
LocationHolmrook, Copeland
England
Coordinates54°22′37″N 3°26′37″W / 54.3768581°N 3.4435811°W / 54.3768581; -3.4435811Coordinates: 54°22′37″N 3°26′37″W / 54.3768581°N 3.4435811°W / 54.3768581; -3.4435811
Grid referenceSD063988
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Platforms2
Tracks2
Other information
Station codeDRI
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Original companyWhitehaven and Furness Junction Railway
Pre-groupingFurness Railway
Post-groupingLondon Midland and Scottish Railway
British Rail (London Midland Region)
Key dates
19 July 1849Opened as Drigg for Wastwater
1955Renamed Drigg
Passengers
2016/17Decrease 10,348
2017/18Decrease 9,728
2018/19Decrease 9,156
2019/20Decrease 8,404
2020/21Decrease 1,892
Location
Drigg is located in the Borough of Copeland
Drigg
Drigg
Location in Copeland, Cumbria
Drigg is located in Cumbria
Drigg
Drigg
Location in Cumbria, England
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

The station is unstaffed, but the main station building still stands and is in private commercial use as a cafe and craft shop.[1]

At the south end of the station is a level crossing with manually-operated gates, controlled from the adjacent signal box. There is step-free access to each platform, however the platforms are lower than the standard ones and are therefore not suitable for mobility-impaired passengers.[2]

Waiting shelters and timetable posters are located on each side of the track, train running information for the station can also obtained by telephone. A ticket machine and digital information screens were installed by operator Northern in 2019, so passengers can now purchase tickets before boarding the train.[3]

A short distance from the station, heavy secured sidings take special trains carrying nuclear materials from the Sellafield nuclear site (which is located close by) to the Low Level Waste Repository where the material is buried. Paul Merton visited the station en route to the Repository in the first episode of his 2016 travel documentary Paul Merton's Secret Stations.[4]

ServicesEdit

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      

There is an hourly service southbound to Barrow-in-Furness and northbound to Whitehaven, Workington and Carlisle for much of the day (with slightly longer gaps mid-morning and in the late afternoon). A few through trains continue south of Barrow-in-Furness along the Furness Line to Lancaster.

There is no service after 21:00 each evening, but a Sunday service was introduced with the May 2018 timetable change and is still in operation.[5] Seven northbound and nine southbound trains call if required.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Places to Visit - Drigg"Cumbrian Coast Line website; Retrieved 14 November 2016
  2. ^ Drigg station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 2 December 2016
  3. ^ "Fares 2019"Cumbrian Coast Rail Users Group news article; Retrieved 8 November 2019
  4. ^ Paul Merton's Secret Stations - Episode Guide Channel 4 website; Retrieved 2 December 2016
  5. ^ Table 100 National Rail timetable, December 2019

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Seascale   Northern Trains
Cumbrian Coast Line
  Ravenglass
  Historical railways  
Seascale   Whitehaven and Furness Junction Railway   Ravenglass