Flimby railway station

Flimby is a railway station on the Cumbrian Coast Line, which runs between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. The station, situated 29 miles (47 km) south-west of Carlisle, serves the village of Flimby in Cumbria. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.

Flimby
National Rail
Flimby railway station, Cumbria (geograph 3565290).jpg
LocationFlimby, Allerdale
England
Coordinates54°41′24″N 3°31′14″W / 54.6900700°N 3.5204804°W / 54.6900700; -3.5204804Coordinates: 54°41′24″N 3°31′14″W / 54.6900700°N 3.5204804°W / 54.6900700; -3.5204804
Grid referenceNY020338
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Platforms2
Tracks2
Other information
Station codeFLM
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Original companyWhitehaven Junction Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and North Western Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
British Rail (London Midland Region)
Key dates
19 January 1846Opened
Passengers
2016/17Decrease 11,678
2017/18Decrease 9,442
2018/19Increase 9,474
2019/20Increase 12,844
2020/21Decrease 4,372
Location
Flimby is located in Allerdale
Flimby
Flimby
Location in Allerdale, Cumbria
Flimby is located in Cumbria
Flimby
Flimby
Location in Cumbria, England
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

HistoryEdit

Flimby railway station was opened by the Whitehaven Junction Railway in 1846 along with the rest of the stations on the line from Maryport to Whitehaven Bransty.[1]

FacilitiesEdit

The station is unstaffed and has no buildings other than a footbridge and waiting shelters. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket machine. The two platforms are of differing construction - the southbound is stone whereas the northbound one is wooden.[2] Step-free access is only available for southbound passengers, as the footbridge does not have ramps.[3] Train running information is provided by telephone and timetable posters, with digital information screens due to be commissioned here in the winter of 2019.

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 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] All of these trains only stop at Flimby on request.

Train operator Northern introduced a regular through service to Barrow via the coast at the May 2018 timetable change - the first such service south of Whitehaven since 1976. 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.

In the aftermath of the November 2009 Great Britain and Ireland floods Flimby saw its passenger numbers soar because of the closure of road transport between the north and south of the town of Workington.[5] Additional peak-time services were added for 26–27 November, followed by a new hourly shuttle service northbound to Maryport and southbound to Workington. This shuttle train was timetabled to always stop at Flimby, briefly reversing its status as a request-only stop. This operated between 30 November 2009 and 28 May 2010. Workington North railway station, a temporary station, opened south of Flimby on 30 November 2009, reducing the pressure on trains at Flimby. In addition, all services between Workington, Workington North, Flimby and Maryport were free of charge for this period.[6]

In January 2014, services through the station had to be suspended for several days following flood damage to a 200yd (180m) section of track south of the station caused by strong winds and tidal surges (the railway runs very close to the seashore at this point). The line was closed for a week whilst repairs were carried out.[7]

AccidentsEdit

On 1 February 1858, near Flimby colliery which is around a mile north of Flimby railway station, a coal train from Maryport was struck by a scheduled mixed goods and passenger train. It was said that the sharp curve on the line prevented the drivers from seeing each other. The crew of the two trains jumped out and only the fireman of the passenger train was hurt. It was found that the two drivers were not to blame and it was miscommunication between the signalman near the colliery and the Maryport telegraph clerk that caused the clerk to tell the driver of the coal train to proceed. Whilst the clerk was away a third message came through, to which the son of the signalman at the colliery replied "GD" meaning "good", and so the signalman allowed the passenger train to proceed, thus causing the accident.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Whitehaven Junction Railway". RAILSCOT. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  2. ^ Flimby Station Old Cumbria Gazetteer; Retrieved 2 December 2016
  3. ^ Flimby station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  4. ^ GB eNRT December 2019 Edition, Table 100
  5. ^ "Prime Minister Gordon Brown pledges to pay for temporary bridge". Times & Star. 25 November 2009. Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  6. ^ "New hourly train to help reunite Cumbrian community". Department for Transport. 30 November 2009. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Repairs to storm-damaged line to take a week" BBC News article 06-01-2014; Retrieved 2014-03-05
  8. ^ Railway Accidents. Great Britain: Board of Trade. 1858.

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Maryport   Northern Trains
Cumbrian Coast Line
  Workington
  Historical railways  
Maryport   Northern Rail
Cumbrian Coast Line
  Workington North
Maryport   London and North Western Railway
Whitehaven Junction Railway
  Siddick Junction