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Based on designs by renowned architect William Tite, Carnforth train station in Lancashire first opened in 1846. Lovingly restored by 2003, the station buildings are now home to an award-winning Heritage Centre and Brief Encounter Refreshment Room, a tribute to one of the most romantic films of all time, the 1945 film Brief Encounter, which was filmed at the station. The Refreshment Room is a wonderful spot to wait for a train, as is The Snug, a micropub attached to the station. In the 1930s six platforms were added to the station, but now only two remain, sending out regular Northern Line trains to Lancaster, Barrow-in-Furness and Leeds, with services to the latter taking just under two hours. For those staying in the town, a flurry of independent shops awaits on Market Street immediately in front of the station, but the green and pleasant lands of Lancashire are the main attraction with Leighton Moss RSPB Nature Reserve and Leighton Hall just a few miles away.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours: Ticket office is independently provided by Carnforth Connect on behalf of Lancashire County Council.
DayOpening Hours
Monday Tuesday Friday 06:00 - 17:30
Wednesday 06:00 - 13:30
Saturday 08:00 - 15:00
Sunday Closed
Ticket MachineUnavailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelUnstaffed
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Departure screens
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes

Please Note: The ticket office is manned during the ticket office opening times but these staff are unable to provide any physical assistance to customers.

On train staff are available to assist customers to board and alight trains but cannot assist around the station.

Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorApcoa on Behalf of First TransPennine Express
Car parking spaces64
Carpark charges
Per Hour£Short Stay: £1.50 up to 2 hours / £2.50 up to 4 hours
Three Monthly£157.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces17
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVUnavailable
Cycle storage notes

South corner of the car park

Step-free accessWhole station
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesUnavailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
From the pay-and-display car park, the ticket hall, with two staffed ticket windows, leads through to one of the station's disused platforms. A subway leads from here connecting to both platform 1 and platform 2. Both platforms have all the usual amenities, including bench seating and customer help points. Platform 1 is also home to the Carnforth Visitor Centre and Tea Room, which provides a sheltered area to wait for trains, while surrounded by railway history.

Departures and arrivals from Carnforth

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Carnforth station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to LancasterNorthern16:421On time
to MorecambeNorthern17:101On time
to Barrow-in-FurnessNorthern17:232On time
to Preston (Lancs)Northern17:361On time
to LeedsNorthern18:012On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from CarlisleNorthern16:421On time
from LeedsNorthern17:091On time
from Preston (Lancs)Northern17:232On time
from Barrow-in-FurnessNorthern17:361On time
from MorecambeNorthern18:002On time
Average savings on fares booked prior to day of travel vs full price fares on day of travel in the UK. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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