View from terminus end of Morecambe platforms, 2009
|Managed by||Northern Trains|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|29 May 1994||Opened|
|National Rail - UK railway stations|
Lancaster & Heysham Port
Morecambe railway station is a railway station that serves the town of Morecambe in Lancashire, England. It is located on the Morecambe Branch Line from Lancaster to Heysham. The current truncated two-platform station was opened in 1994 to replace the Midland Railway's earlier Morecambe Promenade terminus situated some 400 m (440 yd) further west, closer to the town's sea front. The old station building remains in use as a pub and restaurant, but its platforms have been demolished and the site is now occupied by a cinema and the Morecambe indoor market. That station was itself a replacement for the North Western Railway's original two-platform terminus at Northumberland Street (opened in 1851 and closed in March 1907), which was located almost exactly on the same site as the current station and ticket office.
Recently[timeframe?] a modern ticket office was opened and passenger numbers have increased by 8% over the last five years. Services are operated by variety of diesel multiple units, including Class 144, Class 150, Class 156 and Class 158 sets.
Terminating passenger services usually run into Platform 1. However, trains to/from Heysham must use the Platform 2 line in order to reverse and gain access to the single track Heysham branch. The lines to Platforms 1 and 2 connect 1.6 miles away at a junction east of Bare Lane station. Heysham services (currently one return trip per day Mon-Sat and two on summer Sundays) access the Heysham section by means of a ground frame at the junction which is released by Preston signalling centre (which has supervised the branch since the closure of Bare Lane signal box in December 2012) and operated by the train crew.
The ticket office is staffed from the early morning until mid-afternoon, six days per week (closed Sundays). Passengers can purchase tickets (or a permit to travel) from a ticket vending machine at the station at other times. A waiting shelter is provided, along with a P.A system and digital information screens. There is step-free access to the platform from the station entrance and ticket office.
Northern Trains Route 7:
Bentham & Settle to Carlisle Lines
The station is served by Northern local services, which operate as a regular Lancaster-Morecambe shuttle. There are also five daily longer-distance services from Morecambe to Skipton and Leeds via the Leeds to Morecambe Line and one late evening through train to Preston.
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Morecambe Branch Line
The token direct trains to Canforth that ran up until the summer 2019 timetable change (one early a.m Lancaster - Morecambe - Windermere train, plus one weekday and three Sunday services to Leeds) have now been withdrawn. The Parliamentary train legal minimum service for the Bare Lane to Hest Bank North Junction chord is now provided by an early morning train from Lancaster which runs via Carnforth (reverse) and the curve in question.
Northern's franchise agreement (started on 1 April 2016) includes provision for additional trains on the Leeds route - three additional weekday services were introduced from May 2018 (with trains timed to improve commuting & leisure opportunities at either end of the route) and one additional train each way on Sundays (the additional trains however start/terminate at Lancaster). Pacer DMUs are planned to disappear from the route (and all other services in Northern England) by December 2019.