This article is about the English railway station; for the Australian station, see Carlisle railway station, Perth

Template:Infobox UK station Carlisle railway station, also known as Carlisle Citadel station, serves the Cumbrian city of Carlisle, and is a major station on the West Coast Main Line, lying 102 miles south of Glasgow Central, and 299 miles north of London Euston.

The station was built in 1847 - at the time, one of a number of stations in the city; and expanded and extended in 1875-1876 with the arrival of the Midland Railway. Most of the routes from the station remain in use - the only significant casualties being the former North British Railway lines to Silloth (closed on 7 September 1964) and Edinburgh via Galashiels (the Waverley Line, closed on 6 January 1969).

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Long-distance services are operated by Virgin Trains, with the main routes being London-Glasgow and Scotland-Birmingham New Street. Northern Rail operate local stopping services to Newcastle upon Tyne via the Tyne Valley Line, to Barrow-in-Furness via the Cumbrian Coast Line, and to Leeds via the scenic Settle-Carlisle Line. First ScotRail also operate services to Glasgow via Dumfries, as well as a cross-country route between Stranraer and Newcastle.

  • Platform 1: Relief West Coast Main Line platform
  • Platform 2: Cumbrian Coast Line bay
  • Platform 3: West Coast Main Line north-bound platform
  • Platform 4: West Coast Main Line south-bound platform
  • Platform 5: Tyne Valley Line bay
  • Platform 6: Carlisle to Leeds Line bay
  • Platforms 7 & 8: Scottish services to various destinations between Carlisle and Glasgow.

There are stabling roads between Platforms 3 and 4 in the train shed, and a loop around Platform 1. There are several electrified sidings to the west of Platform 1.


Service frequencies on each route varies - Mondays to Saturdays there are trains every one or two hours to London and at least every hour to Birmingham, Glasgow & Edinburgh. First TransPennine Express operate seven trains per day to Manchester Airport and there is a basic hourly service to both Newcastle & Whitehaven but a less frequent one to Glasgow via Kilmarnock (eight trains per day), to Leeds (six trains per day M-F, seven SO) and to Barrow-in-Furness (seven). On Sundays the service is hourly on the WCML (every two hours to all main destinations apart from Manchester) and to Newcastle but infrequent on the other routes (three trains to Leeds & Whitehaven, two to Kilmarnock and another two to Dumfries only). There are two summer-only DalesRail afternoon trains to Preston via Clitheroe but no service to Barrow.

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