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Kearsley railway station serves the Greater Manchester town of Kearsley and the villages of Stoneclough, Prestolee and Ringley, in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, in North West England. It was originally named Stoneclough.[1][2]

Kearsley National Rail
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A Northern Class156 at Kearsley’s Manchester-bound platform.
Location
PlaceKearsley
Local authorityBolton
Grid referenceSD752054
Operations
Station codeKSL
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 43,724
2014/15Decrease 41,752
2015/16Decrease 15,512
2016/17Increase 34,908
2017/18Increase 36,752
Passenger Transport Executive
PTEGreater Manchester
History
Original companyManchester, Bolton and Bury Railway
Pre-groupingLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
29 May 1838 (1838-05-29)Station opened as Ringley
1838Renamed Stoneclough
7 February 1894Renamed Kearsley and Stoneclough
February 1903Renamed Kearsley
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Kearsley from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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It lies on the Manchester-Preston Line 7 34 miles (12.5 km) north of Manchester Victoria, though only local services run by Northern stop here.

The station was staffed until the early 1990s, however the arson attacking of the station building just below platform level saw an end to this arrangement. In the spring of 2015, the station's pedestrian rail crossing was replaced by a footbridge and the platforms rebuilt as part of modernisation work to electrify the line and raise line speeds to 100 mph.

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FacilitiesEdit

The station is unmanned, however, there is a ticket machine on the Bolton-bound platform that allows passengers to pay for a ticket by card. Passengers wishing to pay buy cash can use these machines to obtain a ‘Promise to Pay’ ticket. There are simple waiting shelters on each platform, with train running information provided by telephone and timetable posters. Step free access is available to both platforms via Station Road. However, passengers coming from Stoneclough village would have to walk further to access these facilities. [3]

ServicesEdit

There is an hourly service northbound to Bolton and Wigan North Western and southbound to Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge throughout the day Mondays to Saturdays.[4] Evening trains began stopping here at the May 2018 timetable change, but ongoing electrification work on the Manchester to Preston route saw all weekend trains replaced by buses for most of 2017-18; electric service eventually starting on Monday 11 February 2019 utilising Class 319 Electric Multiple Units (though the Wigan to Manchester trains serving the station are still diesel operated).

There is no Sunday service at the moment, however after the May 2019 timetable change, a normal hourly service to both Wigan North Western and Stalybridge will operate.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Love 1839, p. 234
  2. ^ Bradshaw's Railway Monthly
  3. ^ Kearsley station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 9 December 2016
  4. ^ Table 82 National Rail timetable, May 2018

BibliographyEdit

  • Love, Benjamin (1839), Manchester as it is, N/A

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Farnworth   Northern
Manchester-Southport Line
  Clifton or
Salford Crescent
  Historical railways  
Farnworth
Line and station open
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Manchester and Bolton Railway
  Dixon Fold
Line open, station closed

Coordinates: 53°32′41″N 2°22′32″W / 53.5446°N 2.3755°W / 53.5446; -2.3755