Grange-over-Sands is a railway station on the Furness Line, which runs between Barrow-in-Furness and Lancaster. The station, situated 15+1⁄2 miles (25 km) north-west of Lancaster, serves the town of Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.
|Location||Grange-over-Sands, South Lakeland|
|Owned by||Network Rail|
|Managed by||Northern Trains|
|Classification||DfT category E|
|Original company||Ulverstone and Lancaster Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
British Rail (London Midland Region)
|1 September 1857||Opened as Grange|
|1 June 1916||Renamed Grange-over-Sands|
|2 April 1923||Renamed Grange|
|1 October 1930||Renamed Grange-over-Sands|
|Feature||Original Furness Railway station building|
|Designated||2 May 1975|
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
The station is adjacent to the Grange-over-Sands Promenade which runs along the edge of Morecambe Bay (until the River Kent changed its course, it was alongside the promenade - it is now further out in the bay towards Arnside).
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Cark and Cartmel||Northern Trains
|Kents Bank||Northern Trains
The station booking office is on the "up" (Lancaster) platform and is staffed all week; the "down" (Barrow-in-Furness) platform features a second-hand book-shop named Oversands Bookshop. There is step-free access to both platforms. Digital information screens, customer help points and automatic announcements provide train running information.
There is a small car park at the station, and a bus-stop for local services. The X6 bus operated by Stagecoach also travels to Ulverston and Barrow (westbound) and Kendal (eastbound), departing every hour during the day.
The station was awarded 'Heritage Station of the Year' in 2012.
It is primarily served by local services from Lancaster to Barrow-in-Furness, with some continuing to Sellafield or Carlisle via the Cumbrian Coast Line. A number of southbound services run through to Preston and Manchester Airport via Wigan North Western. There is normally one train an hour in each direction on weekdays & Saturdays (with peak extras) and an hourly service on Sundays. Since the May 2018 timetable change, there is a Sunday service on the Cumbrian Coast and a handful of through trains operate (three each way - connections are available at Barrow at other times).
- Historic England. "Grange-Over-Sands Railway Station (Grade II) (1269659)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
- Quick, Michael (2019) . Railway passenger stations in Great Britain: a chronology (PDF) (5th ed.). Railway & Canal Historical Society. p. 472.
- Butt, R. V. J. (October 1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 108. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. OL 11956311M.
- Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, p. 221, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8
- McRae, Andrew (1997). British Railway Camping Coach Holidays: The 1930s & British Railways (London Midland Region). Vol. Scenes from the Past: 30 (Part One). Foxline. pp. 50 & 84–85. ISBN 1-870119-48-7.
- Grange-over-Sands Station Details Northern Station pages; Retrieved 25 November 2016
- "Stagecoach Bus X6".
- GB eNRT December 2019 Edition, Table 82 (Network Rail)
- There is some confusion over the actual date of opening the station, Quick (2019) reports that it is likely the formal opening was on the 26 August, special trips ran on 31 August (and possibly 27-29th) and that regular passenger trains began on 1 September.