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Wigton railway station

Wigton
Location
Place Wigton
Local authority Allerdale
Grid reference
Operations
Station code WGT
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 40,282
2005/06 43,651
2006/07 45,238
2007/08 51,668
2008/09 52,780
2009/10 55,412
2010/11 58,546
2011/12 59,304
2012/13 56,108
2013/14 52,834
History
Key dates Opened 1843 (1843)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Wigton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
UK Railways portal

Wigton railway station serves the town of Wigton in Cumbria, England. The railway station is a stop on the Cumbrian Coast Line, 11 miles (18 km) south west of Carlisle.

It is operated by Northern Rail who provide all passenger train services and is one of the mandatory stops on this part of the line (along with Maryport, Workington & Whitehaven). The two side platforms here are slightly offset and linked by a footbridge. Like most stations on the route, it is unstaffed (and has been so since 1969), so passengers must purchase their tickets from the conductor on board the train. There are waiting shelters on both platforms, but the surviving station buildings are no longer in railway use.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Services 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

History

It was opened by the Maryport and Carlisle Railway in 1843[1] following the completion of the route from Carlisle and would act as a temporary terminus until the section onwards to Aspatria was finished two years later. It subsequently become the junction station for the eastern end of the Bolton Loop line to Mealsgate from 1878. This portion of the route did not prove profitable and the one daily return passenger train operated over it was withdrawn by the M&C in 1921.[2]

Goods facilities at the station were withdrawn by British Rail in October 1970, though a private siding for the nearby plastics factory remains in place (this has however been disused for some years). The station signal box meanwhile is still operational and acts as a 'fringe' to Carlisle PSB.

Services

There is generally an hourly service northbound to Carlisle and southbound to Whitehaven with most daytime trains going onwards to Barrow-in-Furness.[3] On Sundays there are four trains each way to Carlisle and Whitehaven only.

References

  1. ^ Old Cumbria Gazeteer - Wigton StationPortsmouth University; Retrieved 2013-10-17
  2. ^ Cumbria Railways - The Bolton Loop www.cumbria-railways.co.uk; Retrieved 2013-10-17
  3. ^ GB National Rail Timetable Dec 2013-May 2014, Table 100

External links

  • Train times and station information for Wigton railway station from National Rail
Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Northern Rail
Historical railways
Line open, station closed
Maryport and Carlisle Railway
Line open, station closed


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