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.
|Owned by||Network Rail|
|Managed by||Northern Trains|
|Classification||DfT category F2|
|Original company||Maryport and Carlisle Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Maryport and Carlisle Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
British Rail (London Midland Region)
|15 July 1840||Opened|
|4 June 1860||Resited|
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. Step-free access to the platform is available; train running information is provided by digital information screens and timetable posters.
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.
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.
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. The old M&CR headquarters formed part of the substantial station building formerly located here (see photo), but this was demolished in the 1970s.
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). 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.
Trains on the Cumbrian Coast Line run between Carlisle and Whitehaven, but some services go beyond Whitehaven to Barrow-in-Furness, and occasionally Lancaster.
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. The number 60 begins in Maryport and heads north-west up the B5300 to Silloth, calling at Allonby, Mawbray, Beckfoot, and Blitterlees, 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.
- Maryport Station Information Northern website; Retrieved 5 December 2016
- 'Eco' train station officially opened at Maryport News & Star article 21 October 2011; Retrieved 5 December 2016
- Maryport station entrance in 2010 Clough R, Clough T Geograph.org; Retrieved 5 December 2016
- Network Rail Lancashire & Cumbria RUS Summary - Network Rail Media Centre Accessed 2008-09-01
- Maryport & Carlisle Railway History
- Maryport & Carlisle RailwayCumbrian Railways Association; Retrieved 5 December 2016
- GB eNRT December 2019 Edition, Table 100
- "Google Maps - the location of the main A596 through Maryport relative to the station". Retrieved 28 December 2014.
- "Reays City Hopper - 60". Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
- "Reays City Hopper - 58". Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
- Media related to Maryport railway station at Wikimedia Commons
- Train times and station information for Maryport railway station from National Rail
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Cumbrian Coast Line
|Terminus||London and North Western Railway
Whitehaven Junction Railway
|Dearham Bridge||Maryport and Carlisle Railway||Terminus|