Kirkby-in-Furness railway station

Kirkby-in-Furness is a railway station on the Cumbrian Coast Line, which runs between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. The station, situated 9+14 miles (15 km) north of Barrow-in-Furness, serves the village of Kirkby-in-Furness in Cumbria. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.

Kirkby-in-Furness
National Rail
Kirkby-in-Furness railway station, Cumbria (geograph 3563598).jpg
General information
LocationKirkby-in-Furness, South Lakeland
England
Coordinates54°13′58″N 3°11′14″W / 54.2329033°N 3.1872166°W / 54.2329033; -3.1872166Coordinates: 54°13′58″N 3°11′14″W / 54.2329033°N 3.1872166°W / 54.2329033; -3.1872166
Grid referenceSD226825
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Platforms2
Tracks2
Other information
Station codeKBF
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Original companyFurness Railway
Pre-groupingFurness Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
British Rail (London Midland Region)
Key dates
24 August 1846Opened as Kirkby
1927Renamed Kirkby-in-Furness
Passengers
2016/17Increase 14,578
2017/18Decrease 14,398
2018/19Increase 15,530
2019/20Increase 17,526
2020/21Decrease 4,638
Location
Kirkby-in-Furness is located in South Lakeland
Kirkby-in-Furness
Kirkby-in-Furness
Location in South Lakeland, Cumbria
Kirkby-in-Furness is located in Cumbria
Kirkby-in-Furness
Kirkby-in-Furness
Location in Cumbria, England
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

The name Kirkby-in-Furness did not exist until the creation of the railway line. The village in fact is an amalgamation of six smaller villages and hamlets.[1] The name was chosen almost at random by the train company for the station and was eventually used for the collection of villages.

In Victorian times, the station gained fame as the station with the longest platform seat in the country. However, this was removed many years ago.

FacilitiesEdit

There are no longer any permanent buildings at the station apart from a footbridge and shelters on each platform (that on the northbound one being the more substantial).[2] The station has (like others on the line) been fitted with a ticket vending machine, to allow passengers to buy their tickets prior to travel.[3] Step-free access is available to both platforms, though this requires the use of a barrow crossing for northbound passengers and so care must be taken when used. Train running information is provided by telephone, digital display screens and timetable posters.[4]

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 a basic hourly service in each direction, north to Millom, Whitehaven and Carlisle, and south to Barrow-in-Furness. A few continue through to Lancaster.[5] The last two evening northbound trains terminate at Millom.

A Sunday service (the first for more than forty years) was introduced at the May 2018 timetable change - this runs broadly hourly from mid-morning until the early evening (though some services only run to/from Millom).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Places to visit - Kirkby-in-Furness Cumbrian Coast Line; Retrieved 1 December 2016
  2. ^ Kirkby-in-Furness stationOld Cumbria Gazetteer; Retrieved 1 December 2016 Archived 2 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Fares 2019"Cumbrian Coast Rail Users Group news article; Retrieved 8 November 2019
  4. ^ Kirkby-in-Furness station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 1 December 2016
  5. ^ GB eNRT December 2019 Edition, Table 100 (Network Rail)

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Foxfield   Northern Trains
Cumbrian Coast Line
  Askam
  Historical railways  
Foxfield   Furness Railway   Askam