Silecroft railway station

Silecroft is a railway station on the Cumbrian Coast Line, which runs between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. The station, situated 19 miles (31 km) north-west of Barrow-in-Furness, serves the villages of Kirksanton and Silecroft in Cumbria. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.

Silecroft
National Rail
Silecroft railway station, Cumbria (geograph 3558767).jpg
General information
LocationSilecroft, Copeland
England
Coordinates54°13′33″N 3°20′04″W / 54.2259441°N 3.3344736°W / 54.2259441; -3.3344736Coordinates: 54°13′33″N 3°20′04″W / 54.2259441°N 3.3344736°W / 54.2259441; -3.3344736
Grid referenceSD130819
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Platforms2
Tracks2
Other information
Station codeSIC
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Original companyWhitehaven and Furness Junction Railway
Pre-groupingFurness Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
British Rail (London Midland Region)
Key dates
1 November 1850Opened
Passengers
2016/17Decrease 8,104
2017/18Decrease 7,030
2018/19Increase 7,858
2019/20Increase 10,810
2020/21Decrease 4,270
Location
Silecroft is located in the Borough of Copeland
Silecroft
Silecroft
Location in Copeland, Cumbria
Silecroft is located in Cumbria
Silecroft
Silecroft
Location in Cumbria, England
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

The station is located to the west of the 1,970 ft (600 m) Black Combe Fell. It was opened, along with the line, on 1 November 1850 by the Whitehaven and Furness Junction Railway.

The railway station is a request stop, and one of the many level crossings on this section of the route is controlled from the signal box at its south end.[1]

Some through trains to the Furness Line towards Lancaster stop here.

FacilitiesEdit

The station is unstaffed, but like many others on this route had a ticket vending machine installed in 2019 to allow passengers to buy tickets before boarding. There are shelters, digital information screens and timetable posters on each platform, along with a telephone for obtaining train running details. Level access is available to both platforms, but these are lower than standard and need portable steps for entry or exit from the train (so the station is not suitable for wheelchair users).[2]

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      

Monday to Saturdays there is generally an hourly request service southbound to Barrow and northbound towards Whitehaven and Carlisle, although there are one or two longer gaps at certain times of day.

A Sunday service was introduced at the May 2018 timetable change, along with additional evening trains on weekdays.[3] The Sunday service is the first to be provided here for more than 40 years.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Places to Visit - Silecroft" Cumbrian Coast Line website; Retrieved 14 November 2016
  2. ^ Silecroft station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 2 December 2016
  3. ^ Table 100 National Rail timetable, December 2019

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Bootle   Northern Trains
Cumbrian Coast Line
  Millom
  Historical railways  
Bootle   Whitehaven and Furness Junction Railway   Millom