Poulton-le-Fylde railway station

Poulton-le-Fylde railway station

Infobox UK station
name = Poulton-le-Fylde

manager = Northern Rail
locale = Poulton-le-Fylde
borough = Wyre
start =
platforms = 2
usage0405 = 0.301
usage0506 = 0.321
usage0607 = 0.339
latitude = 53.8484
longitude = -2.9906
gridref =
years = 15 July 1840
events = Original station opened
years1 = 1896
events1 = New station on realigned route
code = PFY

Poulton-le-Fylde railway station serves the town of Poulton-le-Fylde in Lancashire, England. It is managed by Northern Rail, but also served by First TransPennine Express.

The original station was convert|400|yd|-2 northeast of the current location, at “The Breck”. [Mitchell & Hartley, p.59] The railway to the fishing town of Fleetwood passed along a straight line east of the town. From 1846, there was a junction to Blackpool just north of the station, with tight connecting curves facing either way. In 1893 a fatal accident occurred when a train took the curve too fast. [Welch, p.27] [Suggitt, p.38] Subsequently, in 1896, the tracks were realigned to follow a much gentler westward curve to Blackpool, with the new station half way along the curve. The Fleetwood branch then curved to the east to rejoin the original alignment. The old station continued to be used as a goods station until 1968. [Suggitt, pp.37–38]

Passenger services to Fleetwood were discontinued during railway restructuring in 1970, although a freight service continued to the ICI plant at Thornton until the 1990s. The line is still extant, albeit in a rusty and overgrown state. Since June 2006, there have been plans to restore the passenger rail link to Fleetwood via Thornton.


The station is now served by trains to and from Blackpool North and towards Manchester Piccadilly (twice-hourly), York via Blackburn & Leeds (hourly) and Liverpool Lime Street (morning peak hours only). Trains to Manchester continue alternately to Manchester Airport and Buxton each hour in the 2007-8 timetable, but the latter will be diverted to Manchester Victoria from the December 2008 timetable change [http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/upload/pdf/nrthrnrail-20sa-sch5-ed02.pdf] .

Sundays see hourly services to Manchester Airport, Buxton & Liverpool Lime Street and two-hourly to York. The station is also served by a single "DalesRail" service to Carlisle via Settle during the summer months.



* Mitchell, L. & Hartley, S. (2005) PDFlink| [http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/environment/archaeologyandheritage/historictowns/PoultonComplete_lowres.pdf Lancashire Historic Town Survey—Poulton-le-Fylde"] |19.1 MiB , Lancashire County Council Environment Directorate, accessed 30 October 2007
* Suggitt, G. (2003, revised 2004) "Lost Railways of Lancashire", [http://www.countrysidebooks.co.uk Countryside Books, Newbury] , ISBN 1 85306 801 2
* Welch, M.S. (2004) "Lancashire Steam Finale", Runpast Publishing, Cheltenham, ISBN 1 870754 61 1

External links

GBoldmap|53.8510|-2.9879|SD|3511|3987|Poulton-le-Fylde (old) Station
MARIO 2500=(about 1892)
MARIO 10000=(about 1848)
Vision of Britain=—select "19th Century: OS 1st Series"

* [http://www.bafrua.connectfree.co.uk/poultstn.html Blackpool & Fylde Rail Users’ Association—Poulton] , accessed 17 October 2007
* [http://poultonandwyrerailwaysociety.org/index.php Poulton & Wyre Railway Society] , working towards restoring the passenger rail link to Fleetwood.

rail line
previous=Blackpool North
route=Northern Rail
Caldervale Line
rail line
next=Kirkham & Wesham
route=Northern Rail
Blackpool Branch Line
rail line
next=Kirkham & Wesham
route=First Transpennine Express
TransPennine North West
rail line two to one
route2=Preston and Wyre Joint Railway
Blackpool Branch Line
previous1=Thornton for Cleveleys
route1=Preston and Wyre Joint Railway
Fleetwood Branch Line


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