BURY KNOWSLEY STREET

PASSENGER TRAIN SERVICES

[Source: Paul Wright and Alan Young]

At the time of opening the station was served by trains that ran between Rochdale and Liverpool. The March 1850 timetable showed 6 up and 5 down services Monday-to-Saturday. On Sundays there were 2 up and 3 down trains. There was also a terminating service from Liverpool on Sundays which arrived at 9.50pm.

The table below shows that by December 1895 there were 24 up and 25 down services Tuesday-to-Friday. An extra up train ran on Mondays. On Saturdays there were 2 extra up services. The Sunday service consisted of 9 up and 10 down trains.

Up Trains - December 1895 Destination Down Trains - December 1895 Destination
5.20am Rochdale 5.24am Bolton Trinity Street
5.48am Rochdale 6.37am Bolton Trinity Street
6.58am Rochdale 7.49am Wigan
7.57am Rochdale 8.22am Bolton Trinity Street
8.17am (Mondays Only) Manchester Victoria 9.04am Bolton Trinity Street
8.35am Rochdale 9.37am Bolton Trinity Street
8.58am Rochdale 10.08am Liverpool Exchange
9.22am Rochdale 10.36am Bolton Trinity Street
9.50am Rochdale 10.57am Liverpool Exchange
10.01am Rochdale 11.23am Bolton Trinity Street
10.53am Rochdale 12.10pm Liverpool Exchange
11.44am Rochdale 12.40pm Wigan
12.53pm Rochdale 1.07pm (Saturdays Only) Bolton Trinity Street
1.37pm (Saturdays Only) Halifax 1.25pm (Saturdays Excepted) Bolton Trinity Street
2.16pm Leeds 2.21pm (Saturdays Only) Bolton Trinity Street
2.38pm Rochdale 2.35pm Wigan
3.12pm Rochdale 2.58pm Liverpool Exchange
3.49pm Rochdale 4.00pm Liverpool Exchange
4.25pm Rochdale 4.37pm Bolton Trinity Street
5.06pm Rochdale 5.05pm Liverpool Exchange
5.34pm Rochdale 5.27pm Wigan
5.56pm Rochdale 5.48pm Bolton Trinity Street
7.17pm Rochdale 6.04pm (Saturdays Excepted) Bolton Trinity Street
8.18pm Rochdale 6.46pm Liverpool Exchange
9.13pm Rochdale 7.28pm Bolton Trinity Street
9.53pm Rochdale 8.33pm Bolton Trinity Street
11.03pm (Saturdays Only) Rochdale 9.16pm Bolton Trinity Street
    10.28pm Bolton Trinity Street

From 17 February 1916 a frequent service of electric trains was introduced between nearby Bury Bolton Street and Manchester Victoria. The intensive service resulted in Bacup - Manchester Victoria trains being diverted to run via the Bury East Fork and Bury Knowsley Street. Although this added considerable mileage to those services it provided Knowsley Street with a frequent direct service to Manchester Victoria. The July 1922 timetable showed 10 trains from and 8 trains to Bacup Monday-to-Friday. On Saturdays there was an extra train to and from Bacup.

The LMS Summer timetable for 1932 showed 26 up and 24 down services Monday-to-Friday. On Saturdays during the summer a number of holiday trains ran to and from Llandudno Junction.

The last LMS summer timetable was published on 16 June 1947. It showed 30 up and 27 down services Monday-to-Friday. Ten of the services in each direction were Bacup line trains. On Saturdays there were 32 up and 30 down trains. Twelve of the up and 9 of the down services were Bacup line trains. The Sunday service consisted of 10 up and 11 down trains. Four of the up services originated from Bacup and 3 of the down services went there.

In the early years of BR passenger services at Bury Knowsley Street did not alter very much.

The 17 September1957 timetable showed 24 up and 22 down trains Monday-to-Friday. On Saturdays there were 26 trains in each direction. Destinations served included Bacup, Blackpool Central, Bolton Trinity Street, Leeds Central, Liverpool Exchange, Rochdale and Southport Chapel Street.

From 1958 DMUs were introduced onto the Bacup – Manchester Victoria services. With the introduction of the DMUs the Bacup service frequency was increased.

The BR[LMR] timetable of 10 September 1962 is shown below. It shows an intensive passenger train service with half hourly departures in both directions for most of the day. Even on Sundays there was a good level of service with 13 up and 12 down trains.

Up Trains – September 1962 to June 1963

Destination

Down Trains – September 1962 to June 1963

Destination

6.03am

Rochdale

5.24am

Liverpool Exchange

6.31am

Rochdale

6.15am

Preston

6.47am

Rochdale

6.45am

Bacup

6.58am

Rochdale

7.17am

Blackburn

7.15am

Broadfield

7.46am

Liverpool Exchange (with a portion for Southport)

7.24am

Rochdale

8.08am

Bacup

7.33am

Manchester Victoria

8.25am

Bolton Trinity Street

7.54am

Rochdale

8.59am

Liverpool Exchange

8.02am

Manchester Victoria

9.17am

Bacup

8.30am

Manchester Victoria

9.46am

Bacup

9.01am

Rochdale

9.49am

Liverpool Exchange

9.16am

Rochdale

10.19am

Liverpool Exchange

9.54am

Rochdale

10.49am (Saturdays Only)

Bolton Trinity Street

10.07am.

Rochdale

11.10am

Bacup

10.57am

Rochdale

11.16am

Liverpool Exchange

11.21am

Rochdale

11.45am

Bacup

11.58am

Manchester Victoria

11.56am (Saturdays Only)

Southport Chapel Street

12.22am (Saturdays Only)

Rochdale

12.04pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Blackburn

12.35pm

Manchester Victoria

12.20pm

Bolton Trinity Street (Blackburn on Saturdays)

12.44pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Rochdale

12.30pm

Bacup

12.51pm (Saturdays Only)

Rochdale

12.44pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Bolton Trinity Street

1.21pm

Manchester Victoria

12.48pm (Saturdays Only)

Southport Chapel Street

1.32pm

Manchester Victoria

1.01pm (Saturdays Only)

Bury Bolton Street

1.51pm (Saturdays Only)

Rochdale

1.14pm (Saturdays Only)

Bolton Trinity Street

2.11pm

Rochdale

1.15pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Bacup

2.32pm

Manchester Victoria

1.30pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Liverpool Exchange

2.41pm

Manchester Victoria

1.36pm (Saturdays Only)

Liverpool Exchange

3.19pm

Manchester Victoria

1.46pm

Bacup

3.51pm

Rochdale

2.14pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Bolton Trinity Street

4.41pm

Manchester Victoria

2.18pm (Saturdays Only)

Bolton Trinity Street

4.59pm

Rochdale

2.42pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Bolton Trinity Street

5.20pm

Manchester Victoria

2.45pm (Saturdays Only)

Wigan Wallgate

5.28pm (Saturdays Only)

Rochdale

3.57pm

Wigan Wallgate

5.30pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Rochdale

4.42pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Southport Chapel Street

5.56pm

Rochdale

4.52pm

Blackpool Central

6.09pm

Manchester Victoria

5.01pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Blackburn

6.14pm (Saturdays Only)

Rochdale

5.33pm

Southport Chapel Street (on Saturdays to Wigan Wallgate)

6.29pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Rochdale

5.45pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Bacup

6.38pm

Manchester Victoria

6.02pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Blackpool Central

6.52pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Manchester Victoria

6.19pm

Bolton Trinity Street

7.16pm

Rochdale

6.47pm

Bacup

8.27pm

Rochdale

7.01pm

Bolton Trinity Street

8.39pm

Manchester Victoria

7.41pm

Bacup

9.05pm

Rochdale

7.50pm

Blackpool North

9.36pm

Manchester Victoria

8.52pm

Wigan Wallgate

10.04pm

Manchester Victoria

9.17pm

Bacup

10.53pm

Rochdale

9.19pm

Bolton Trinity Street

11.44pm (Saturdays Only)

Rochdale

9.52pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Orrell

9.54pm (Saturdays Only)

Liverpool Exchange

10.14pm

Bacup

10.20pm

Bolton Trinity Street

11.03pm

Bolton Trinity Street

11.16pm

Bacup

Sundays

Sundays

8.59am

Rochdale

7.59am

Wigan Wallgate

10.15am

Rochdale

9.14am

Bolton Trinity Street

11.00am

Rochdale

10.46am

Bolton Trinity Street

11.49am

Rochdale

12.39pm

Bolton Trinity Street

1.49pm

Rochdale

2.39pm

Bolton Trinity Street

3.19pm

Manchester Victoria

3.41pm

Bolton Trinity Street

3.59pm

Rochdale

4.52pm

Liverpool Exchange

5.21pm

Rochdale

5.54pm

Bolton Trinity Street

6.31pm

Rochdale

7.09pm

Bolton Trinity Street

6.55pm

Rochdale

8.55pm

Liverpool Exchange

8.33pm

Rochdale

9.36pm

Blackburn

10.22pm

Rochdale

10.59pm

Bolton Trinity Street

10.59pm

Rochdale

The Reshaping of British Railways (‘Beeching Report’) of 1963 listed the Bacup – Manchester Victoria service for withdrawal. Although it did not list the passenger services on the Bolton – Castleton line for withdrawal but they were in the ‘for modification’ list. On 30 October 1964 BR(LMR) proposed that passenger services between Wigan Wallgate, Bolton, Bury and Rochdale should be withdrawn, and this generated a great deal of local protest. From the start of the winter 1964 timetable Sunday services ceased to operate.

On 14 September 1966 the Minister for Transport refused to sanction withdrawal of the passenger service between Wigan, Bolton, Bury and Rochdale and consented only to the closure of Lostock Junction station between Wigan and Bolton. Under a separate closure proposal, however, the Bacup-Manchester Victoria service ceased to run after 3 December 1966.

Deprived of the Bacup services the summer 1967 timetable showed Bury Knowsley Street as having 23 up departures on Monday-to-Friday and 26 on Saturday; Sunday services operated between 18 June and 17 September only and 11 departures were provided. In the opposite direction there were 23 Monday-to-Friday departures, 28 on Saturday and 12 on Sunday. Destinations, in addition to Rochdale and Bolton Trinity Street, were Bury Bolton Street, Blackpool (North and South), Wigan Wallgate, Liverpool Exchange and Southport. Almost all of the services were operated by DMU.

On 12 December 1968 BR(LMR) once again published a proposal to withdraw all passenger services from the line and once again local people vigorously objected.

From 8 September 1969 Bury Knowsley Street became an unstaffed station. On 7 May 1970 the Minister of Transport, Fred Mulley, approved the proposal to withdraw the passenger service between Bolton, Bury and Rochdale. Notice was given that all passenger services would be withdrawn with effect from 5 October 1970.

The summer timetable for 1970 showed 19 up and 17 down services on Monday-to-Saturday. The last trains ran on Saturday 3 October 1970. The last departure from Bury Knowsley Street was the 20.14 service to Rochdale.



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[Source: Paul Wright and Alan Young]




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