Harrington railway station

Harrington is a railway station on the Cumbrian Coast Line, which runs between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. The station, situated 35 miles (56 km) south-west of Carlisle, serves the villages of Harrington and Salterbeck in Cumbria. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.

Harrington
National Rail
Harrington railway station, Cumbria (geograph 3564245).jpg
General information
LocationHarrington, Allerdale
England
Coordinates54°36′49″N 3°33′56″W / 54.6136362°N 3.5656096°W / 54.6136362; -3.5656096Coordinates: 54°36′49″N 3°33′56″W / 54.6136362°N 3.5656096°W / 54.6136362; -3.5656096
Grid referenceNX990253
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Platforms2
Tracks2
Other information
Station codeHRR
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
18 May 1846Opened
Passengers
2016/17Increase 30,262
2017/18Decrease 27,776
2018/19Decrease 24,422
2019/20Increase 35,928
2020/21Decrease 9,646
Location
Harrington is located in Allerdale
Harrington
Harrington
Location in Allerdale, Cumbria
Harrington is located in Cumbria
Harrington
Harrington
Location in Cumbria, England
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Harrington HumpEdit

The station came to national prominence in 2008 when it was chosen as the initial site for the installation of an experimental ramp to raise the height of the platform to improve access to modern rolling stock. Christened the Harrington Hump, the ramp was built for £25,000[1] - 10% of the estimated cost of the conventional rebuilding that would have otherwise been required to make the platform fully DDA compliant. The modular design has since been deployed at several other rural stations across the UK where the cost of platform upgrades would otherwise have been considered prohibitive.[2]

FacilitiesEdit

The station is unstaffed (like most others on the route), but now has been provided with a ticket machine to allow passengers to buy tickets before travelling. Shelters are located on both platforms, which are linked by a footbridge. Step-free access is available only on the southbound side (where the main entrance is situated).[3] Train running information is provided via telephone, digital information screens and timetable posters.

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      

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] A few through trains operate to/from Lancaster via the Furness Line.

Train operator Northern introduced a regular Sunday through service to Barrow via the coast at the May 2018 timetable change - the first such service south of Whitehaven for more than 40 years. Services run approximately hourly from mid-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 addition, it was announced that Harrington would no longer be a request stop.

 
A 1914 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing the complex network which existed in the Workington area

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Harrington Hump - Association of Community Rail Partnerships News Article Archived 2 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine www.acorp.co.uk; Retrieved 2010-12-30
  2. ^ Station hump helps train access BBC News article www.bbc.co.uk; Retrieved 2010-12-30
  3. ^ Harrington station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  4. ^ GB eNRT December 2019 Edition, Table 100

External linksEdit

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