Maryport railway station

Maryport is a railway station on the Cumbrian Coast Line, which runs between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. The station, situated 27 miles (43 km) south-west of Carlisle, serves the town of Maryport in Cumbria. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.

Maryport
National Rail
Maryport station with train, 1974 (geograph 5395303).jpg
LocationMaryport, Allerdale
England
Coordinates54°42′41″N 3°29′39″W / 54.7112886°N 3.4940933°W / 54.7112886; -3.4940933Coordinates: 54°42′41″N 3°29′39″W / 54.7112886°N 3.4940933°W / 54.7112886; -3.4940933
Grid referenceNY037361
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Platforms1
Tracks2
Other information
Station codeMRY
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Original companyMaryport and Carlisle Railway
Pre-groupingMaryport and Carlisle Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
British Rail (London Midland Region)
Key dates
15 July 1840Opened
4 June 1860Resited
Passengers
2016/17Decrease 89,562
2017/18Decrease 85,478
2018/19Increase 91,890
2019/20Increase 0.115 million
2020/21Decrease 32,520
Location
Maryport is located in Allerdale
Maryport
Maryport
Location in Allerdale, Cumbria
Maryport is located in Cumbria
Maryport
Maryport
Location in Cumbria, England
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

It is unstaffed and passengers must buy their ticket on the train or at an automatic ticket machine outside the platform.[1] Step-free access to the platform is available; train running information is provided by digital information screens and timetable posters.

A new "eco-friendly" waiting shelter was erected at the station in the autumn 2011 (at a cost of £120,000) to replace the more basic facilities previously offered.[2][3]

The station is somewhat unusual in that it consists of a single bi-directional platform rather than the usual two side platforms used elsewhere on the double-track sections of the Cumbrian Coast line. Southbound trains have to cross over to the northbound line to reach the platform before returning to the correct line south of the station. This can cause delays if two trains are scheduled to call in quick succession or if one or more trains are running late. Network Rail plans to address this issue as part of a future resignalling scheme.[4]

HistoryEdit

 
A 1904 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing (left) railways in the vicinity of Maryport (M&C in pink; LNWR in red)

Two railway companies originally served the town - the Maryport and Carlisle Railway (M&C), which opened the line to Carlisle in stages between 1840 and 1845, and the Whitehaven Junction Railway which ran southwards to Workington and Whitehaven and opened in 1847. The latter company was taken over by the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) in 1866, but the M&C remained independent right up until absorption into the LMS in January 1923.[5]

The station is the second to be built in the town, it dates from 1860 and replaced the original 1840 one built by the M&CR for its opening.[6] The old M&CR headquarters formed part of the substantial station building formerly located here (see photo), but this was demolished in the 1970s.

ServiceEdit

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  
 
Bootle  
 
Silecroft
 
Millom    
 
Green Road  
 
Foxfield
 
Kirkby-in-Furness  
 
Askam  
 
Barrow-in-Furness    
 
Roose
 
Dalton  
 
Ulverston      
 
Cark and 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).[7] A few through trains operate to/from Lancaster via the Furness Line (four each way in the winter 2019 timetable).

Train operator Northern introduced a regular 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 the aftermath of the 2009 Cumbria floods, an additional hourly shuttle service operated southbound stopping at stations to Workington. All services between Workington, Workington North, Flimby and Maryport were free of charge until this service was terminated on 28 May 2010.

ConnectionsEdit

By railEdit

Trains on the Cumbrian Coast Line run between Carlisle and Whitehaven, but some services go beyond Whitehaven to Barrow-in-Furness, and occasionally Lancaster.

By busEdit

Several bus routes stop in Maryport and can provide connections for travellers using the railway station. The bus stops on the A596 are only a short walk from the station.[8] The number 60 begins in Maryport and heads north-west up the B5300 to Silloth, calling at Allonby, Mawbray, Beckfoot, and Blitterlees,[9] and provides residents of these smaller settlements with a connection to the station. There are also buses heading north toward Carlisle via Crosby and Aspatria, south toward Workington via Dunmail Park shopping centre, and east toward Cockermouth.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Maryport Station Information Northern website; Retrieved 5 December 2016
  2. ^ 'Eco' train station officially opened at Maryport News & Star article 21 October 2011; Retrieved 5 December 2016
  3. ^ Maryport station entrance in 2010 Clough R, Clough T Geograph.org; Retrieved 5 December 2016
  4. ^ Network Rail Lancashire & Cumbria RUS Summary - Network Rail Media Centre Accessed 2008-09-01
  5. ^ Maryport & Carlisle Railway History
  6. ^ Maryport & Carlisle RailwayCumbrian Railways Association; Retrieved 5 December 2016
  7. ^ GB eNRT December 2019 Edition, Table 100
  8. ^ "Google Maps - the location of the main A596 through Maryport relative to the station". Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Reays City Hopper - 60". Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Reays City Hopper - 58". Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014.

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Aspatria   Northern Trains
Cumbrian Coast Line
  Flimby
  Historical railways  
Terminus   London and North Western Railway
Whitehaven Junction Railway
  Flimby
Dearham Bridge   Maryport and Carlisle Railway   Terminus