Upholland railway station

Upholland railway station serves the small town of Up Holland in the southern Lancashire/Wigan boundary area of England. It is on the Kirkby branch line from Wigan Wallgate and means the service (which is provided by Northern, who also manage the station) runs through three counties on its journey from Wigan to Kirkby.

Upholland National Rail
Upholland Railway Station.jpg
Location
PlaceUp Holland
Local authorityWest Lancashire
Coordinates53°31′41″N 2°44′28″W / 53.528°N 2.741°W / 53.528; -2.741Coordinates: 53°31′41″N 2°44′28″W / 53.528°N 2.741°W / 53.528; -2.741
Grid referenceSD509037
Operations
Station codeUPL
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 27,956
2015/16Decrease 26,648
2016/17Increase 30,974
2017/18Decrease 28,486
2018/19Increase 31,650
History
Original companyLiverpool and Bury Railway
Pre-groupingLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-groupingLondon Midland and Scottish Railway
20 November 1848Opened as Pimbo Lane
13 October 1900Renamed Up Holland
1902Renamed Upholland
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Upholland from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Upholland has been named in past Lancashire County Council reports as a possible site of a rail link to Skelmersdale, but as yet no firm plans have been made.

HistoryEdit

 
A 1908 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing (lower right) railways in the vicinity of Upholland

The original Upholland station was on a different site, opened by the Liverpool and Bury Railway on 20 November 1848, but closed four years later in 1852.[1] The current station was originally called "Pimbo Lane Station", and also opened on 20 November 1848.[2] It was renamed "Up Holland" on 13 October 1900, and "Upholland" in 1902.[1]

FacilitiesEdit

The station is unstaffed and has no permanent buildings left, other than basic shelters on each platform. Timetable posters and a pay phone provide train running information. Step-free access is available to the eastbound platform (via a steep ramp), but not for the westbound one (this can only be reached by a staircase from Pimbo Lane).[3]

ServiceEdit

Upholland is served by one train per hour in each direction, towards Manchester Victoria, Blackburn and Kirkby. Certain trains start or finish at Wigan Wallgate.

There is no late evening service after 20:01 and no service on a Sunday.[4] A normal service runs on most Bank holidays.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b 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. 237. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  2. ^ Butt (1995), p.185
  3. ^ Upholland station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 21 December 2016
  4. ^ Table 82 National Rail timetable, December 2016

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Rainford   Northern
Kirkby Branch Line
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