Parton railway station

Parton is a railway station on the Cumbrian Coast Line, which runs between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. The station, situated 38 miles (61 km) south-west of Carlisle, serves the villages of Lowca and Parton in Cumbria. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.

Parton
National Rail
Parton Railway Station (geograph 6331807).jpg
LocationParton, Copeland
England
Coordinates54°34′14″N 3°34′50″W / 54.5705144°N 3.5806556°W / 54.5705144; -3.5806556Coordinates: 54°34′14″N 3°34′50″W / 54.5705144°N 3.5806556°W / 54.5705144; -3.5806556
Grid referenceNX979206
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Platforms2
Tracks2
Other information
Station codePRN
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Original companyWhitehaven Junction Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and North Western Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
British Rail (London Midland Region)
Key dates
19 March 1847Opened
Passengers
2016/17Decrease 7,396
2017/18Increase 7,426
2018/19Decrease 6,508
2019/20Increase 9,134
2020/21Decrease 2,686
Location
Parton is located in the Borough of Copeland
Parton
Parton
Location in Copeland, Cumbria
Parton is located in Cumbria
Parton
Parton
Location in Cumbria, England
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Immediately north and south of Parton, the line runs almost on the seashore, at the foot of cliffs which require supervision and occasional stabilisation to prevent landslides. Sea erosion is also a danger,[1] and 15 m.p.h speed restrictions are in force over much of the section between here and Harrington, which is restricted to a single line.[2]

There was a signal box immediately to the north of the station that formerly controlled this section, but this was closed and demolished due to its deteriorating condition in May 2010 (control passing to the adjacent box at Whitehaven Bransty).[3]

FacilitiesEdit

There are no permanent buildings here other than brick shelters on each platform.[4] The station is not staffed and anyone wishing to travel must buy their ticket on the train or in advance, as no ticket machine is available. Train running information is provided by telephone, digital CIS screens and timetable posters. No step-free access is available to either platform.[5]

ServicesEdit

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).[6] A few through trains operate to/from Lancaster via the Furness Line.

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The railway lines alarmingly close to the sea" Higham, Nick BBC News article 4 February 2015; Retrieved 5 December 2016
  2. ^ Photo of line north of Parton, where it becomes single Crawford, E Railscot; Retrieved 5 December 2016
  3. ^ Network Rail Document Resource Library - Parton Signal Box Abolition Notices 2009 Network Rail website; Retrieved 2010-12-30
  4. ^ Parton railway station, Cumbria Thompson, Nigel Geograph.org; Retrieved 5 December 2016
  5. ^ Parton Station Information Northern website; Retrieved 5 December 2016
  6. ^ GB eNRT December 2019 Edition, Table 100

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Harrington   Northern Trains
Cumbrian Coast Line
  Whitehaven
  Historical railways  
Harrington   London and North Western Railway
Whitehaven Junction Railway
  Whitehaven