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Heysham Port railway station is a railway station that serves the port of Heyshammarker in Lancashiremarker.It is the terminus of the Morecambe Branch Line from Lancastermarker.

A twice-daily service formerly served the station (the first around midday with a second approximately an hour later), which connected with the ferry to Douglasmarker in the Isle of Manmarker. These services were operated by Northern Rail as an extension of the Lancaster-Morecambemarker shuttle. A Sunday service ran during the summer months.

From December 2008 however the service has been reduced to one train each way per day, which runs to and from Leeds . This is scheduled to arrive at 12:57 (12:54 on Saturdays), returning to Leeds at 13:15. A Sunday service (of two trains each way) will run in summer 2009 from the mid-May timetable change until mid-September.

The station, which was first opened by the Midland Railway in 1904, served boat trains for Belfastmarker until the closure of the ferry route in April 1975. The train service was then withdrawn a few months later (on 6 October), but reinstated in May 1987 to provide a rail connection with the daily sailing to Douglas.

The station formerly had additional platforms (which can still be seen), a Shell fuel oil distribution terminal and also a frequent EMU local service to and from Lancaster via Morecambemarker (which began in 1908), but this ended in January 1966 when the old Midland route to Lancaster Green Ayremarker fell victim to the Beeching Axe. The overhead electrification on the branch was removed at the same time.

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  • Marshall, J (1981) Forgotten Railways North-West England, David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd, Newton Abbott. ISBN 0 7153 8003 6


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