The original Lytham station was opened on 16th February 1846 along with the branch line from Kirkham and was the terminus. The station was about 500 yards from the current station, which opened on 6th April 1863 also as a terminus. The station was rebuilt and opened as a through station on 1st July 1874. The station ceased to be manned after the cut-backs of the 1960s and the station building became derelict. In 1986 it was restored and transformed into a public house, the Station Tavern.
Lytham was founded in about 600 AD. For many centuries the economy of Lytham was dependent on fishing and shrimping, until the advent of tourism and seaside health cures. The town is now a fashionable seaside resort and offers a more genteel alternative to nearby brash Blackpool. Notable Lytham landmarks include the Green, a strip of grass running between the shore and the main road; the recently restored Windmill and Old Lifeboat House Museum are to be found here. The Green overlooks the estuary of the River Ribble and the Welsh mountains.
Until the middle of the 20th century the Clifton family was the leading family in Lytham and two of the town’s main thoroughfares are named in their honour. Their estate on the outskirts of Lytham and Ansdell originally occupied a huge area. Lytham Hall, the family seat, remained in the family’s ownership until 1979, after which ownership passed to a number of corporate bodies. The grounds of the Hall are occasionally opened to the public for open-air concerts and plays. Several of the ornate gates to the estate and much of the distinctive pebble-dashed boundary wall survive.
Lancashire By Rail
A series of films is being made for Community Rail Lancashire by a local creative film company Huckleberry Films which are designed to encourage people to Explore Lancashire by Rail. A film has been made for the South Fylde Line and is about a linear walk from Lytham Station to St. Anne’s-on-the-Sea station. This can be viewed by click on the link below.
A map of the route can be seen below and is with thanks to the Ordnance Survey who hold copyright for the mapping.
SD 365274 – for a map visit www.streetmap.co.uk and enter the grid reference.
+ Unstaffed station
+ Ticket Vending Machine
+ Hourly service to Blackpool South and Preston
+ Waiting shelter with seating
+ Additional seating on platform
+ Long Line Public Address
+ Bus stops close to the station – click here for bus timetables
+ Rail User Group – Blackpool and Fylde Rail Users Association
+ Friends of Station – visit communityraillancashire.co.uk/station-adoption/ for more details
+ CRP branded notice boards
Feel Good Field Trips Shortlisted For Award
Avanti West Coast Feel Good Field Trip project has been shortlisted for the Spotlight Rail Awards. Posted 11.12.23
Through Here To Martin Mere
Local school has made an artistic feature of the walking access off Burscough Bridge Station Platform One to Martin Mere – The route now can’t be missed! Posted 07.12.23
CRL & CRPs Gain Reaccreditation
Community Rail Lancashire pleased to learn that it has achieved reaccreditation from the Department of Transport. Posted 04.12.23