Wigton railway station

Wigton is a railway station on the Cumbrian Coast Line, which runs between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness via Whitehaven. The station, situated 11 miles (18 km) south-west of Carlisle, serves the village of Wigton, Allerdale in Cumbria, England. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.

Wigton
National Rail
156438 entering Wigton station - May 2017 (geograph 5412256).jpg
General information
LocationWigton, Allerdale
England
Coordinates54°49′45″N 3°09′52″W / 54.8290950°N 3.1643538°W / 54.8290950; -3.1643538Coordinates: 54°49′45″N 3°09′52″W / 54.8290950°N 3.1643538°W / 54.8290950; -3.1643538
Grid referenceNY252488
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Platforms2
Tracks2
Other information
Station codeWGT
ClassificationDfT category F1
History
Original companyMaryport and Carlisle Railway
Pre-groupingMaryport and Carlisle Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
British Rail (London Midland Region)
Key dates
10 May 1843Opened
Passengers
2016/17Decrease 49,124
2017/18Decrease 46,900
2018/19Increase 49,568
2019/20Increase 67,076
2020/21Decrease 24,662
Location
Wigton is located in Allerdale
Wigton
Wigton
Location in Allerdale, Cumbria
Wigton is located in Cumbria
Wigton
Wigton
Location in Cumbria, England
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

HistoryEdit

The station was opened by the Maryport and Carlisle Railway on 10 May 1843, following the completion of the route from Carlisle.[1] It would act as a temporary terminus until the opening of the line heading south-west towards Aspatria in 1845.

It subsequently become the junction station for the eastern end of the loop to Mealsgate from 1878. This portion of the route did not prove profitable, and the single daily return passenger service was withdrawn by the Maryport and Carlisle Railway in 1921.[2]

Goods facilities at the station were withdrawn by British Rail in October 1970. A private siding for the nearby plastics factory remains in place, but this has been disused for a number of years. The station's signal box is still operational, and acts as a fringe to Carlisle PSB.

In December 2018, the Victorian-era footbridge connecting the platforms was deemed unsafe by Network Rail, and access to it was prohibited. The bridge was removed in March 2019 for repairs, and reinstalled in July 2019.[3][4]

FacilitiesEdit

Wigton is one of the mandatory stops on this part of the Cumbrian Coast Line, along with Maryport and Workington. As with most other stations on the line, it is unstaffed, and has been so since 1969. The two side platforms here are slightly offset and linked by a footbridge. A ticket machine is now in service to allow intending travellers to buy before boarding.[5] There are waiting shelters on both platforms, but the surviving station buildings are no longer in railway use. Step-free access is available to each platform, whilst train running information is provided by display screens, telephone and timetable posters.

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      

Following the May 2021 timetable change, the station is served by an hourly service between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness, with some trains continuing to Lancaster. During the evening, the station is served by an hourly service between Carlisle and Whitehaven. All services are operated by Northern Trains.[6]

Rolling stock used: Class 153 Super Sprinter, Class 156 Super Sprinter and Class 158 Express Sprinter

In May 2018, Northern introduced a Sunday service between Whitehaven and Barrow-in-Furness, the first Sunday service to operate south of Whitehaven for over 40 years.[7][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Quick, Michael E. (2009). Railway passenger stations in Great Britain: a chronology (4th ed.). Oxford: Railway and Canal Historical Society. p. 457. ISBN 978-0-901461-57-5. OCLC 612226077.
  2. ^ Cumbria Railways - The Bolton Loop www.cumbria-railways.co.uk; Retrieved 2013-10-17
  3. ^ Major, Melissa (8 April 2019). "Wigton railway bridge removed for repair". News and Star. Retrieved 2 June 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Major, Melissa (7 July 2019). "Footbridge hoisted into place". News and Star. Retrieved 8 July 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Wigton station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 8 November 2019
  6. ^ "Train times: Carlisle to Preston and Manchester via Cumbrian Coast and Windermere to Manchester Airport" (PDF). Northern Trains. 16 May 2021. Retrieved 8 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Cumbria's west coast rail services reinstated after 40 years". BBC News. 20 May 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  8. ^ Baldwin, Beth. "Long-awaited train service connecting Barrow and Millom returns after 40 years". Whitehaven News. Retrieved 2 June 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Dalston (Cumbria)   Northern Trains
Cumbrian Coast Line
  Aspatria
  Historical railways  
Curthwaite   Maryport and Carlisle Railway   Brookfield