Foxfield railway station

Foxfield is a railway station on the Cumbrian Coast Line, which runs between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. The station, situated 11+12 miles (19 km) north of Barrow-in-Furness, serves the villages of Broughton-in-Furness and Foxfield in Cumbria. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.

Foxfield
National Rail
Foxfield railway station in 2008.jpg
General information
LocationFoxfield, South Lakeland
England
Coordinates54°15′31″N 3°12′58″W / 54.2587172°N 3.2161134°W / 54.2587172; -3.2161134Coordinates: 54°15′31″N 3°12′58″W / 54.2587172°N 3.2161134°W / 54.2587172; -3.2161134
Grid referenceSD208854
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Platforms2
Tracks2
Other information
Station codeFOX
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Original companyFurness Railway
Pre-groupingFurness Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
British Rail (London Midland Region)
Key dates
1 August 1848Opened as Foxfield Junction
1 September 1957Renamed Foxfield
Passengers
2016/17Increase 24,604
2017/18Decrease 22,680
2018/19Decrease 22,402
2019/20Increase 25,976
2020/21Decrease 4,758
Location
Foxfield is located in South Lakeland
Foxfield
Foxfield
Location in South Lakeland, Cumbria
Foxfield is located in Cumbria
Foxfield
Foxfield
Location in Cumbria, England
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

HistoryEdit

The station dates from 1848, when the Furness Railway extended its line from Barrow-in-Furness to Kirkby-in-Furness to nearby Broughton-in-Furness with the intention of serving local copper mines. It was opened on 1 August 1848 and consisted of an island platform.

Two years later, the Whitehaven and Furness Junction Railway completed its line down the coast from Whitehaven to join the Furness Railway from Barrow-in-Furness, making Foxfield a junction of some importance in the process. The line from Broughton was extended further northwards to Coniston by the Coniston Railway Company on 18 June 1859,[1] although it was not long before the Furness took it over (along with the W&FJR – both companies having been absorbed by the FR by 1865).[2]

In 1879 an enlarged station was built, designed by the Lancaster architects Paley and Austin and built by the Barrow contractor William Ormandy. The island platform was widened to 29 feet (9 m), and a new canopy for passengers was provided.[3]

For much of its life the Coniston line was well-used by locals and visitors alike, with the branch passenger service connecting with main line trains at one end of the route and with steamer services on Coniston Water at the other. However it fell victim to road competition in the late 1950s, passenger services being withdrawn from 6 October 1958,[4] and the line closing completely in 1962. The coast line remains in operation though, with the passenger trains supplemented by a number of freight services running to and from the nuclear reprocessing plant at Sellafield, operated by Direct Rail Services.

 
The station, as photographed in August 1951.

Though the platform buildings have mostly been demolished, the timber signal box and attached waiting shelter is still in use. The old water tower and main building on the opposite side of the southbound line also still stand.[5]

FacilitiesEdit

The station is unstaffed, but has now been equipped with a ticket vending machine to allow travellers to purchase tickets prior to joining the train.[6] Train running details are available by telephone, digital information displays and timetable posters; the National Rail website also states that public wi-fi access is available there. Step-free access to the platform is via a foot level crossing by the signal box.[7]

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 approximately hourly service in each direction from the station on Monday to Saturdays – southwards to Barrow-in-Furness and northwards to Millom. Most northbound ones run through to and from Whitehaven and Carlisle though one runs as far as Sellafield. A few trains continue beyond Barrow-in-Furness to Lancaster or to Preston.

A Sunday service was introduced at the May 2018 timetable change - the first for more than forty years.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Marshall 1981, p. 111.
  2. ^ "The Furness Railway" Archived 15 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine The Furness Railway Trust website article; Retrieved 18 February 2010
  3. ^ Andrews & Holme 2005, p. 14.
  4. ^ Marshall 1981, p. 112.
  5. ^ Foxfield railway station Thompson, Nigel geograph.org; Retrieved 1 December 2016
  6. ^ "Fares 2019"Cumbrian Coast Rail Users Group news article; Retrieved 8 November 2019
  7. ^ Foxfield station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 1 December 2016
  8. ^ Table 100 National Rail timetable, December 2019

SourcesEdit

  • Andrews, Michael; Holme, Geoff (2005), The Coniston Railway, Pinner: Cumbrian Railways Association, ISBN 0-9540232-3-4
  • Marshall, J. (1981), Forgotten Railways: North-West England, Newton Abbott: David & Charles, ISBN 0-7153-8003-6

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Green Road   Northern Trains
Cumbrian Coast Line
  Kirkby-in-Furness
  Historical railways  
Broughton-in-Furness   Coniston Railway   Terminus
Terminus   Furness Railway   Kirkby-in-Furness
Green Road   Whitehaven and Furness Junction Railway   Terminus