Lostock Gralam railway station

Lostock Gralam railway station serves the village of Lostock Gralam in Cheshire, England. The station is on the Mid-Cheshire Line from Chester to Manchester Piccadilly, 18½ miles (30 km) east of Chester.

Lostock Gralam National Rail
Lostock Gralam railway station, Cheshire (geograph 3723972).jpg
View west towards Northwich and Chester
Location
PlaceLostock Gralam
Local authorityCheshire West and Chester
Grid referenceSJ690746
Operations
Station codeLTG
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 36,546
2015/16Increase 41,900
2016/17Increase 55,236
2017/18Increase 56,210
2018/19Decrease 52,306
History
Key datesOpened 1 January 1863 (1 January 1863)
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Lostock Gralam from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

HistoryEdit

 
Lostock Gralam railway station (building now demolished)

The station opened for passengers as Lostock railway station on 1 January 1863 as part of the Cheshire Midland Railway. The station was renamed to Lostock Gralam later in 1863.[1] Goods traffic started from 1 May 1863, the goods yard was to the south of the station and was equipped with a 5-ton crane. The goods yard closed on 3 August 1964.[2][3] For many years the station had a run-down appearance and had been downgraded to a request stop. The main station building was demolished on Sunday 8 July 2007.

FacilitiesEdit

As a result of the Lostock Triangle development, the station is no longer a request stop.[4] In the summer of 2011, new passenger shelters were constructed on both platforms.[5] Prior to this, there had been no protection from the weather for passengers on the Manchester-bound platform.[6] The station is unmanned, so tickets must be bought on the train or prior to travel. Train running details are offered via digital display screens (fitted in 2015),[7] telephone and timetable posters. Step-free access is available only on the Manchester-bound platform.[8]

ServicesEdit

Monday to Saturday there is an hourly service westbound to Chester and eastbound to Manchester Piccadilly. There are extra peak-hour services in both directions. On Sundays, there is now a two-hourly service to Chester and Manchester, with the latter continuing to Wigan Wallgate and Southport.[9]

Prior to the new service, trains to Manchester had not operated on Sundays since the early 1990s. Passengers had to change at Altrincham on to the Manchester Metrolink to continue their journeys.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Butt, R. V. J. (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. 149. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  2. ^ Bolger, Paul (1984). An illustrated history of the Cheshire lines committee. Heyday. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-947562-00-7.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (December 2013). Chester Northgate to Manchester. Midhurst: Middleton Press. Map XX. ISBN 9781908174512.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Lostock Gralam station revamp Northwich Guardian 10 June 2011
  6. ^ http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/upload/xls/station-usage-2006-07.xls
  7. ^ New signs installed for rail passengers at Knutsford and Holmes Chapel stations Wilson, James Knutsford Guardian news article 11 January 2016; Retrieved 14 March 2017
  8. ^ Lostock Gralam station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  9. ^ Table 88 National Rail timetable, May 2016

Further readingEdit

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Northwich   Northern
Mid-Cheshire Line
  Plumley

Coordinates: 53°16′05″N 2°27′54″W / 53.268°N 2.465°W / 53.268; -2.465