Welcome to the Carnforth Town council website

Carnforth is a small railway town six miles north of Lancaster and just inland from Morecambe Bay. This website is for visitors and residents alike to find out more about the town and the work of the Town Council.

Until the industrial revolution, Carnforth was a small village of about 200 souls but the junction of the main line to Scotland and the Furness Railway to Barrow brought growth and a complete change to the character of the town.

More growth came with the Carnforth Ironworks which closed in 1929 but the railway continued to flourish and Carnforth became a major servicing point for Anglo-Scottish expresses.

Carnforth Station by Val LewisElectrification of the line saw the mainline platforms closed and ripped out in 1970. The station buildings fell into disrepair but in 1996 a Trust was formed and the buildings totally refurbished. With Heritage Lottery assistance, the buildings were transformed into the Visitor Centre and Museum it is today. The Refreshment Rooms were returned to their 1945 design when the station famously featured in the David Lean film Brief Encounter starring Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson. Missing components from the famous Clock have also been recovered and it hangs proudly again as it did in the film.

Trains still call, heading for Lancaster, Preston & the South, Barrow and Leeds. A determined effort is being made to re-open the main line platforms by a local action group and a Visitor Information Centre is due to open in mid 2011 on the station.

Wonderfully accessible by M6, A6, train or on the canal, Carnforth is a Gateway to many places of interest for tourists. Close proximity to the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, the seaside towns of Morecambe and Blackpool, AONB sites in Silverdale and Arnside, the RSPB Reserve at Leighton Moss all make Carnforth, with its many caravan and camping sites, an ideal centre for your touring holiday.

Rowland Parker,

Town Mayor,
Carnforth Town Council


Picture of the redeveloped Station Platforms at Carnforth by Val Lewis used with kind permission.

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