Accrington railway station

Accrington railway station

Infobox UK station
name = Accrington
code = ACR

caption = Approach to Accrington railway station
manager = Northern Rail
locale = Accrington
borough = Hyndburn
start =
platforms = 2
usage0405 = 0.216
usage0506 = 0.224
usage0607 = 0.237
years = 19 June 1848
events = Station opens

Accrington railway station serves the town of Accrington in Lancashire, UK. It is a station on the East Lancashire Line 10 km (6¼ miles) east of Blackburn railway station operated by Northern Rail.

It is also served by Caldervale Line express services between Blackpool North, York and Leeds.


The station was opened in 1848 by the East Lancashire Railway, which amalgamated with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in 1859. Taken into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923, the line then passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 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 Axe in 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.

When Sectorisation was introduced, the station was served by Regional Railways until the Privatisation of British Railways.


There is an hourly service from Accrington to Blackpool North (westbound) and Leeds/York (eastbound) on the Caldervale Line, two-hourly Sundays.

These call at Blackpool North, Poulton-le-Fylde, Preston, Blackburn railway station eastbound 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
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


External links

* [ Accrington Railway Station Web Site]

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