Hale railway station

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Hale National Rail
Hale train station.jpg
Hale railway station in 2010
Place Hale
Local authority Trafford
Grid reference SJ769869
Station code HAL
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14 Steady 0.164 million
2014/15 Increase 0.166 million
2015/16 Increase 0.180 million
2016/17 Decrease 0.178 million
2017/18 Decrease 0.158 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Greater Manchester
Key dates Opened 1862 (1862)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Hale from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Hale railway station serves the area of Hale in the south of Altrincham, Greater Manchester, England. It is also used by people living in the surrounding areas of Bowdon and Hale Barns. The station is located on Ashley Road. It is on the Mid-Cheshire Line, from Chester to Manchester Piccadilly, 8 miles south west of Manchester Piccadilly.


The station was opened as Peel Causeway by the Cheshire Midland Railway (CMR) on 12 May 1862 when the railway opened from Altrincham to Knutsford. The CMR was amalgamated into the Cheshire Lines Committee (CLC) on 15 August 1867. The station became Peel Causeway for Hale on 1 January 1899, and on 1 January 1902 it was renamed Hale. The station was served by passenger trains from Manchester Central to Northwich and Chester Northgate. The CLC remained as an independent entity until the creation of British Railways (BR) on 1 January 1948, when BR took over operation of the station and the line.

Hale railway station in 1988 looking north from the level crossing with the signal box near left.


Monday to Saturday there is generally an hourly service from Hale via Stockport to Manchester Piccadilly eastbound (although some morning peak trains terminate at Stockport), and to Chester westbound. There is an additional hourly service in peak hours only (in peak direction only).

All services are operated by Northern, who operate Class 142, Class 150 and Class 156 trains on the route. The current ageing rolling stock is expected to be modernised following the removal of all Pacer trains in the country by 2020. This will allow for less crowded, smoother and cleaner services for passengers using the station.

Typical Monday to Saturday service pattern as of May 2018:[1]

xx:13 (platform 2) service to Chester.

xx:56 (platform 1) service to Manchester Piccadilly.

Sundays see a roughly two-hourly service both ways (7tpd to Chester & 8tpd to Manchester).

The Station

The station has a ticket office at Platform 1, which is open on weekday mornings. Digital station information boards are in operation on both platforms, and there are station announcements. There is a station car park on either side of the level crossing. The station has a Victorian feel to it with the station canopies and footbridge. Much of the station building on Platform 1 is now a vet surgery, and the station building on Platform 2 is now a health clinic. The signal box is not in use any more. Located in the heart of Hale, the station is close to shops and many restaurants.

See also


  1. ^ "Northern Rail Timetable" (PDF).

Griffiths, R.Prys (1978). The Cheshire Lines Railway. The Oakwood Press.

Further reading

External links

  • Train times and station information for Hale railway station from National Rail
  • Mid-Cheshire Community Rail Partnership
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Ashley   Northern
(Mid-Cheshire Line)

Coordinates: 53°22′44″N 2°20′51″W / 53.37889°N 2.34750°W / 53.37889; -2.34750

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