Due to the ongoing Great North Rail Project (Preston to Blackpool Upgrade) the lines from Preston to Blackpool North & Blackpool South will be closed between 11 November 2017 and 28 January 2018. A replacement bus service will be in operation and the timetable can be downloaded here: Preston-Blackpool-TT-13-mk2
Huncoat station is situated close to the village centre. The village sits below the nearby Hameldon Hill. The doomsday book spells the village name as Hunnicot. The village was shown on Christopher Saxton’s 1577 map of Lancashire.
The Leeds and Liverpool canal reached Huncoat in 1801 and by 1830 the local brick making industry had been established. The original railway station at Huncoat was situated off Altham Lane close to what became the power station site. Huncoat coal pit was opened in 1885 when the first shaft was sunk to a depth of 850 feet. In 1902 the railway station was re located to its present site.
Between the two world wars the area alongside the railway developed rapidly, three collieries, two coke ovens and the world famous Accrington Nori Brick works all expanded and were served with a comprehensive network of railway lines. A viaduct of eight spans carried the branch from the station across Clough Brook into the industrial area. Production at Huncoat Colliery peaked in 1956 when 1,300 tons of coal was lifted in one day. In 1956 the massive power station was opened adjacent to the station and remained in use until 1984. The pit closed in 1968. The area covered by the old power station is now a green nature walk.
SD 772307 – for a map visit www.streetmap.co.uk and enter the grid reference.
- Unstaffed station
- Hourly service to Preston & Blackpool South and Colne
- Waiting shelters
- Additional seating on platforms
- Long Line Public Address
- Community notice board
- Buses pass the station entrance (services 3 & 23) – click here for bus timetables
- Station Partnership – Hands on Huncoat (contact Brian Haworth on 01254 386579)
More Journey Opportunities
Extra trains for Colne and Blackburn. Posted 12.12.17
Something For The Weekend XVII
Plenty of festive things to see and do! Posted 07.12.17
Great North Rail Project Update Week 3
Latest update published. Posted 06.12.17
Community Rail Station Footfall 2016/17
Estimates of station usage. Posted 05.12.17
Clitheroe Line & East Lancashire Management Group
Three monthly meeting report. Posted 05.12.17