Midge Hall railway station

Midge Hall
Place Midge Hall
Area South Ribble
Coordinates 53°42′11″N 2°44′43″W / 53.7031°N 2.7454°W / 53.7031; -2.7454Coordinates: 53°42′11″N 2°44′43″W / 53.7031°N 2.7454°W / 53.7031; -2.7454
Grid reference SD509231
Original company Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Pre-grouping Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 2
October 1859 (1859-10) Opened
2 October 1961 (1961-10-02) Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Midge Hall railway station was located in Midge Hall, Leyland, closing to passengers in 1961, although the line still exists as the Ormskirk Branch Line.


The railway line between Preston and Walton was proposed by the Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (LO&PJ) and authorised in 1846; later that year the LO&PJ was amalgamated with the East Lancashire Railway (ELR), which opened the line in 1849.[1]

In August 1859 the ELR was amalgamated with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (LYR),[2] and in October that year, the station at Midge Hall was opened.[3] It was 23 14 miles (37.4 km) from Liverpool (Tithebarn Street), and replaced an earlier station at Cocker Bar, 23 miles (37.0 km) from Liverpool.[4]

The station was closed by British Railways on 2 October 1961.[3] It retained its original Lancashire and Yorkshire railway signalbox until 1972 until the general Preston area resignalling programme, whereupon the old box was demolished and replaced with a new construction on the opposite side of the level crossing.

Trains still stop at Midge Hall signal box to exchange a token for the single line onward to Rufford - this is a vestige of the 1970s and early 1980s, when the then recently singled branch line retained double track from Midge Hall into Preston.[5] The portion from here north to Farington Curve Junction was also singled in 1983, but the existing combination of track circuit block & key token operation was retained after completion of the work.

Reopening proposals

There have been talks amongst the local community for the possible reopening of the station. A study held in 1991 concluded that there would be a forecasted 7500 journeys per annum using the station, generating roughly £15,000 in revenue with an average cost of £2 per journey. This was deemed uneconomical due to the high costs of construction (£500,000) coupled with £15,000 in ongoing annual maintenance costs, which would barely be covered by the revenue alone.[6]

A meeting held in 2003 concluded that whilst forecasted passenger numbers will likely be higher than that of the 1991 study (due largely to residential development in recent years), numbers may only be in the region of 10,000 to 30,000 and revenue from these passengers would likely still not cover the costs for reopening and thus remains uneconomical to reopen.[6]

In 2012, the Ormskirk, Preston and Southport Travellers’ Association called talks with Lancashire County Council about the possible reopening of the Midge Hall station as a "key component" of the Council's thinking.[7] In the summer of 2014, Lancashire County Council confirmed that a business case for reopening was being formulated.[8][9]


  1. Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. pp. 136, 138. ISBN 0-7153-4352-1.
  2. Marshall 1969, p. 123
  3. 1 2 Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 159. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  4. Marshall 1969, p. 138
  5. Railscot - Midge Hall in the late 1970s
  6. 1 2 "Presentation on the possible reinstatement of Midge Hall Station". Lancashire County Council. 28 January 2003. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
  7. Newsletter September 2014 OPSTA
  8. Campaign relaunched for station Leyland Guardian
  9. Renewed call for station to reopen before development Lancashire Evening Post
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Line and station open
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Ormskirk Branch Line
Line and station open
Lostock Hall
Line closed, station open
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