- Accrington railway station
Infobox UK station
name = Accrington
code = ACR
caption = Approach to Accrington railway station
platforms = 2
usage0405 = 0.216
usage0506 = 0.224
usage0607 = 0.237
19 June 1848
events = Station opens
Accrington railway station serves the town of
Accringtonin Lancashire, UK. It is a station on the East Lancashire Line10 km (6¼ miles) east of Blackburn railway stationoperated by Northern Rail.
The station was opened in 1848 by the East Lancashire Railway, which amalgamated with the
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railwayin 1859. Taken into the London, Midland and Scottish Railwayduring the Grouping of 1923, the line then passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railwayson nationalisationin 1948.
The station was formerly a major junction on the ELR, with the line to Bury and Salford diverging southwards from that towards Blackburn & Preston at the western end of the station, just before the impressive viaduct that carries the line over the town centre. This was for many years a busy commuter route carrying regular trains from Skipton and Colne to
Manchester Victoria, but it fell victim to the Beeching Axein the sixties and closed to passengers on 5 December 1966[Marshall p.40] . Few traces of this route remain today, the formation through the town (including part of the notorious 1 in 40 Baxenden Bank) having been built over.
These call at Blackpool North, Poulton-le-Fylde, Preston,
Blackburn railway stationeastbound and Burnley Manchester Road, Hebden Bridge, Halifax, Bradford Interchange, New Pudsey, Leeds, Cross Gates, Garforth, East Garforth, Micklefield, Church Fenton (2 hourly) and York.
On the East Lancashire Line, Monday to Saturday daytimes, there is an hourly service from Accrington to Blackpool South (westbound) and Colne (eastbound). There's a two-hourly service in each direction on Sundays. These call at all stops (except Salwick), including the major stations of Preston, Blackburn and Burnley Central.
*cite book|author=R.V.J.Butt, |title= The Directory of Railway Stations |publisher=Patrick Stephens Ltd
year=1995 ISBN 1 85260 508 1
*cite book|author=A. Jowett, |title= Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas |publisher=Atlantic Publishing |year=2000 ISBN 0 906899 99 0
* J. Marshall (1981) "Forgotten Railways: North-West England", David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd, Newton Abbott. ISBN 0 7153 8003 6
* [http://accringtonstation.weebly.com/ Accrington Railway Station Web Site]
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