Kirkham North Jct. - Blackpool South No.3 Jct.
Date Closed to Passenger Services
3 Sep 1966
Services from Preston and beyond not calling at intermediate stations between Preston/Kirkham & Wesham.
BR (LM) 14 Jun 65 - 17 Apr 66 Table 98
Cobb Atlas Reference
391 41 32 - 31 33
RCH Lancashire & Cheshire Districts 1933
Some uncertainty over the dates here.
PNM 1980 p19 gives OCD as 07/09/1964 but with footnote "Used by Summer Saturday trains until 03/09/1966".
RCR 1948-1991 gives OCD as 13/02/1967.
BLN 75 08/02/1967 gives proposed OCD as 06/03/1967 but there doesn't appear to be any follow-up confirmation.
BR (LM) TT 14 Jun 65 - 17 Apr 66 shows the line on the route map, though it is not possible to confirm this from the timetable. It is presumed trains shown as non-stop between Preston/Kirkham & Wesham and Blackpool South would be routed via the direct line.
RHRGB Vol.10 The North West p222 states "The 'New Line' from Kirkham was closed in November 1965, although it was occasionally used until the first weeks of 1966".
No references to this matter found in RM.
So, take your pick! Pending further information, confirmation or clarification, I have decided to go for the LTR date.
Any further information welcome.
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