- Chorley railway station
Chorley Location Place Chorley Local authority Chorley Operations Station code CRL Managed by Northern Rail Number of platforms 2 Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage 2004/05 * 0.637 million 2005/06 * 0.671 million 2006/07 * 0.704 million 2007/08 * 0.730 million 2008/09 * 0.689 million History Opened 1841 National Rail - UK railway stations A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z * Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Chorley from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
The railway station is a modern 1980s built on top of the original station, the level of which can be seen under the existing station's two platforms connected by underpass. The initial station was opened on 22 December 1841 by the Bolton and Preston Railway (which later became part of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway). A level crossing, no longer in use, is still in place at the station entrance as well as a pedestrian subway which emerges at the foot of the Railway Pub. There are no toilets on the station and the nearest ones are in the bus station across the road. Chorley's rail services provide a link for the commuters of Lancashire to Preston, Manchester and Bolton.
It was announced by the Department for Transport in December 2009, the line between Preston and Manchester, on which Chorley is situated, will be electrified  which should reduce journey tmes to Manchester by up to ten minutes.
Chorley is well served by both First TransPennine Express and Northern Rail services between Manchester Piccadilly and Preston and beyond. Most TPX trains start back from Manchester Airport and run through to either Blackpool (hourly) or one of Barrow (two-hourly), Windermere (three trains per day), or Glasgow Central/Edinburgh (seven trains per day). Northern services meanwhile run hourly to Blackpool and Manchester Victoria and also to Preston and Hazel Grove via Manchester Piccadilly (trains no longer run through to Buxton since the December 2008 timetable change ).
On Sundays there are two trains an hour to Blackpool and a limited service to Barrow and Glasgow/Edinburgh northbound whilst southbound there are hourly services to Manchester Victoria and Manchester Airport (with a few additional Airport trains).
From 26 July to 7 September 2008 however, the service provision to and from the station was limited due to major engineering work taking place to the north (to improve drainage in a cutting and remove a long-standing speed restriction). A rail replacement bus service operated to and from Preston, whilst many trains were diverted via Wigan. This period of disruption has been blamed for the recent decline in passenger usage.
The direct Scottish service will end in 2013 when the service is diverted via Wigan using newly electrified lines.
Preceding station National Rail Following station Buckshaw Parkway Northern Rail
Adlington Preston TransPennine Express
TransPennine North West
TransPennine North West
Disused railways Heapey Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Lancashire Union Railway
Adlington London and North Western Railway
Lancashire Union Railway
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