Upholland railway station

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Upholland
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Location Up Holland, West Lancashire
England
Coordinates 53°31′41″N2°44′28″W / 53.528°N 2.741°W / 53.528; -2.741 Coordinates: 53°31′41″N2°44′28″W / 53.528°N 2.741°W / 53.528; -2.741
Grid reference SD509037
Managed by Northern Trains
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeUPL
Classification DfT category F2
History
Original company Liverpool and Bury Railway
Pre-grouping Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-grouping London Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
20 November 1848Opened as Pimbo Lane
13 October 1900Renamed Up Holland
1902Renamed Upholland
Passengers
2015/16Decrease2.svg 26,648
2016/17Increase2.svg 30,974
2017/18Decrease2.svg 28,486
2018/19Increase2.svg 31,650
2019/20Increase2.svg 32,250
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

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 Trains, who also manage the station) runs through three counties on its journey from Wigan to Kirkby.

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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.

History

A 1908 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing (lower right) railways in the vicinity of Upholland Hartford, Northwich and Rainford RJD 92.jpg
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]

Facilities

The station is unstaffed and has no permanent buildings left, other than basic shelters on each platform. Timetable posters 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] The station also has a small car park located next to the bridge on Pimbo Lane. [4]

Service

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

There is no late evening service after 20:01 and no service on a Sunday. [5] A normal service runs on most Bank holidays.

In the future, Upholland could be served by regular Merseyrail services, if the plan for battery-powered Class 777's to take over the line goes ahead. [6]

Notes

  1. 1 2 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. "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  5. Table 82 National Rail timetable, December 2019
  6. "Battery-powered trains part of Merseyrail expansion plan". BBC News. 15 July 2021. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
Preceding station National Rail logo.svg National Rail Following station
Rainford   Northern Trains
Kirkby Branch Line
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