Kearsley railway station
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.
A Northern Class156 at Kearsley’s Manchester-bound platform.
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|Original company||Manchester, Bolton and Bury Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|29 May 1838||Station opened as Ringley|
|7 February 1894||Renamed Kearsley and Stoneclough|
|February 1903||Renamed Kearsley|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* 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.|
|UK Railways portal|
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.
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. 
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. 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.
- Love, Benjamin (1839), Manchester as it is, N/A
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Manchester and Bolton Railway
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