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Written by Robert Clarke - 15 Mar 2008
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Location notes
Located on the branch to Blackpool South (originally extended to Blackpool Central until 1964), Squires Gate station is located on Squires Gate lane. Bizarre as it may seem, the road is halved, down the middle, between Fylde borough, and Blackpool borough! The station is in Fylde, the boundary is the middle of the road!
This used to be a mecca for transport, and in some ways, still is. Starr Gate tram terminus is a short walk away, Blackpool Airport is in the opposite direction. Also, if you come out of the station, and turn right, head down to the apartment block, called the coach houses. This is the site of the former Fylde borough tramway and bus depot. The depot was built in 1901, to house the Lytham and St Annes corporation trams. Later, buses took over. In 1986, the fleet became blue buses, and in 1993, was sold to its management. The company was in a bit of a bus war with Blackpool transport, when the latter bought blue buses in 1994. Fully absorbed into BT in 1996, the new route network integrated both company's routes, from 1999, when the depot was closed, and demolished later. A commemorative sculpture and plaque denote the sites significance.
For more about the history of Fylde corporation, go to the Blue Buses Website.
Railway type and traffic
The line from Kirkham to Blackpool south is entirely single track, and thus only DMUs are used. These are currently Northern class 142s. Incidentally, the line was, at one time, double track, to serve the (still open) Pontins holiday camp, a short walk away. The original length of the still used platform, and the length of the disused one, give a reminder of past glories.
Environment
The station is in a semi industrial, semi residential area. Although it is safe during the day, I would advise people to be vigilant at all times, as I saw kids hanging around in a nearby housing estate. Avoid the station at night. And, CCTV is NOT used at the station.
Road directions
Blackpool is well signposted. Follow signs for Blackpool Airport, until you get onto Squires Gate lane, and then follow signs for Lytham.

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Blackpool, Squires Gate map co-ordinates
Parking
The station has no car park. You will need to park in nearby housing schemes and walk to the station. I'd advise you to return to your car every so often, or make a visit to this station a short one, before moving on.
Do park carefully. Parking on double yellow lines, or in front of peoples driveways could result in your vehicle being towed away. I travelled here by bus, and as I was getting off the bus, I saw a car being towed away.
Public transport
Trains run from Preston to Squires Gate. Trains will go to Blackpool south. Visit the Northern Rail website for more details. No trains run on a Sunday, except during high season and the illuminations.
Stagecoach route 68 runs past here.
The nearest tram stop is Starr Gate, and to reach the train station, cross over the traffic lights, and you will see the station with the BR double arrow sign at the bridge hump.
Metro coastlines routes 7 and 11 both stop here.
IMPORTANT: Metro coastlines saver tickets are not valid on stagecoach services. Stagecoach Megariders are not valid on metro coastlines services or the tram.

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Amenities
There are toilets (20p charge, use only 20p pieces) at Starr Gate tram stop. A small local shop is near here as well. A BP petrol station is further up the road the other way. Central Blackpool is not too far away.
Accommodation
Go to the Visit Blackpool website for more accommodation details.
Sun Compass
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Blackpool, Squires Gate

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Streetmap links
Blackpool, Squires Gate general view map
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Photographic notes
All trains stop here, so they will be going slow enough for you to prepare for a shot. There is road noise from Squires gate lane above. You may also get aircraft noise from the nearby airport.


General views - All photographs © Robert Clarke unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking south


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