List of railway stations in Greater Manchester

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Railways in Greater Manchester
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Greater Manchester, a metropolitan county in North West England, has a public rail network of 130 route miles (209 km) and 91 National Rail stations.[1][a] Transport for Greater Manchester is responsible for specifying fares and service levels of train services operating in the county.[2] The Northern train operating company provides most of these services.[3] The four main railway stations in Manchester city centre are Piccadilly, Victoria, Oxford Road and Deansgate which all form part of the Manchester station group.

Most services run to or through one of Manchester city centre's major stations, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly. The network is effectively divided into two operating halves based on these stations,[2] although the opening of a connecting line in 1988 improved operational flexibility by joining the north and south halves.[4] Services radiate northwards from Manchester Victoria, providing stopping services to West Yorkshire and Liverpool as well as local suburban services to Rochdale and Wigan.[2] The south side's services radiate from Manchester Piccadilly and run to Manchester Airport, south Manchester, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Leeds, North East England, London and other major destinations.[2]

The region's rail network started to develop during the Industrial Revolution, when it was at the centre of a textile manufacturing boom.[5] Manchester was at the forefront of the railway building revolution during the Victorian era. The world's first passenger railway, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, opened on 15 September 1830.[2] Its original terminus, Liverpool Road railway station, was closed to passengers in 1844, but still exists and is the oldest surviving passenger station in the world.[6] Since the Beeching Axe many of Greater Manchester's stations have closed and many station facilities have been removed. Others, however, have been converted to the Manchester Metrolink, Greater Manchester's light-rail network, or preserved as part of the East Lancashire Railway heritage route.[b] The expansion of the Metrolink is set to continue at least through 2017:[7] in October 2009, nine stations on the former Oldham Loop Line closed for conversion,[8] and future plans include the use of tram-trains to allow Metrolink to serve existing National Rail stations.[9]

Manchester Piccadilly, the principal station for the City of Manchester and busiest station in Greater Manchester by number of passengers.

In preparation for the 2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester Piccadilly, the principal station for the City of Manchester, was extensively redeveloped and as a consequence has been voted as having the highest customer satisfaction rating of all the main stations in the United Kingdom.[10] As of 2013, Manchester Victoria is under renovation with the construction of a new £20 million roof while Oxford Road will see redevelopment as a result of the Northern Hub plan in 2014. The construction of the Ordsall Chord will link Greater Manchester's three busiest stations for the first time in 2016.

Railway stations currently in use

Station (and code) Managed by Lines
served
Station
users
2015/16[11]
Year
opened
Platforms Borough
Altrincham (ALT) Northern Mid-Cheshire Line 507,592 1881[12] 2 + 2 Metrolink[c] Trafford
Ardwick (ADK) Northern Glossop Line
Hope Valley Line
896 1842[12] 2 Manchester
Ashburys (ABY) Northern Glossop Line
Hope Valley Line
87,136 1846[12] 2 Manchester
Ashton-under-Lyne (AHN) Northern Huddersfield Line 361,946 1846[13] 2 Tameside
Atherton (ATN) Northern Manchester to Southport Line 436,000 1888[13] 2 Wigan
Belle Vue (BLV) Northern Hope Valley Line 10,340 1875[12] 2 Manchester
Blackrod (BLK) Northern Manchester to Preston Line 555,594 1841[13] 2 Bolton
Bolton (BON) Northern Manchester to Southport Line
Ribble Valley Line
Manchester to Preston Line
TransPennine North West
West Coast Main Line
2,866,316 1838[13] 4 Bolton
Bramhall (BML) Northern Stafford to Manchester Line 289,976 1845[13] 2 Stockport
Bredbury (BDY) Northern Hope Valley Line 211,006 1875[12] 2 Stockport
Brinnington (BNT) Northern Hope Valley Line 78,548 1977[14] 2 Stockport
Broadbottom (BDB) Northern Glossop Line 143,514 1842[12] 2 Tameside
Bromley Cross (BMC) Northern Ribble Valley Line 291,754 1848[13] 2 Bolton
Bryn (BYN) Northern Liverpool to Wigan Line 150,632 1869[13] 2 Wigan
Burnage (BNA) Northern South TransPennine
Styal Line
204,120 1910[12] 2 Manchester
Castleton (CAS) Northern Caldervale Line 148,262 1875[12] 2 Rochdale
Chassen Road (CSR) Northern Manchester to Liverpool Line 48,020 1934[13] 2 Trafford
Cheadle Hulme (CHU) Northern Crewe to Manchester Line
Stafford to Manchester Line
785,174 1845*[15] 4 Stockport
Clifton (CLI) Northern Manchester to Preston Line 116 1847[13] 2 Salford
Daisy Hill (DSY) Northern Manchester to Southport Line 336,540 1888[13] 2 Bolton
Davenport (DVN) Northern Buxton Line
Hope Valley Line
285,066 1858[12] 2 Stockport
Deansgate (DGT) Northern Liverpool to Manchester Lines
Manchester to Preston Line
Stafford to Manchester Line
TransPennine North West
390,445 1849[12] 2 + 3 Metrolink Manchester
Denton (DTN) Northern Stockport to Stalybridge Line 74 1851[13] 2 Tameside
East Didsbury (EDY) Northern South TransPennine
Styal Line
267,548 1909[12] 2 Manchester
Eccles (ECC) Northern Liverpool to Manchester Lines 161,298 1830[13] 2 Salford
Fairfield (FRF) Northern Hope Valley Line 24,554 1841[12] 2 Tameside
Farnworth (FNW) Northern Manchester to Preston Line 13,166 1838[13] 2 Bolton
Flixton (FLI) Northern Liverpool to Manchester Lines 103,654 1873[13] 2 Trafford
Flowery Field (FLF) Northern Glossop Line 197,330 1985[14] 2 Tameside
Gathurst (GST) Northern Manchester to Southport Line 86,976 1855[13] 2 Wigan
Gatley (GTY) Northern South TransPennine
Styal Line
320,370 1909[12] 2 Stockport
Godley (GDL) Northern Glossop Line 73,182 1986[16] 2 Tameside
Gorton (GTO) Northern Glossop Line
Hope Valley Line
100,864 1842[12] 2 Manchester
Greenfield (GNF) Northern Huddersfield Line 338,694 1849[13] 2 Oldham
Guide Bridge (GUI) Northern Glossop Line
Hope Valley Line
Stockport to Stalybridge Line
297,324 1846[12] 2 Tameside
Hag Fold (HGF) Northern Manchester-Southport Line 51,582 1987[14] 2 Wigan
Hale (HAL) Northern Mid-Cheshire Line 179,812 1862[12] 2 Trafford
Hall i' th' Wood (HID) Northern Ribble Valley Line 116,428 1986[14] 2 Bolton
Hattersley (HTY) Northern Glossop Line 64,320 1978[16] 2 Tameside
Hazel Grove (HAZ) Northern Buxton Line
Hope Valley Line
650,952 1857[13] 2 Stockport
Heald Green (HDG) Northern South TransPennine
Styal Line
TransPennine North West
474,766 1909[12] 2 Stockport
Heaton Chapel (HTC) Northern Buxton Line
Crewe to Manchester Line
Stafford to Manchester Line
757,190 1852[13] 2 Stockport
Hindley (HIN) Northern Manchester to Southport Line 333,462 1848[13] 2 Wigan
Horwich Parkway (HWI) Northern Manchester to Preston Line 599,916 1999[12] 2 Bolton
Humphrey Park (HUP) Northern Liverpool to Manchester Lines 35,070 1984[17] 2 Trafford
Hyde Central (HYC) Northern Hope Valley Line 81,512 1858[12] 2 Tameside
Hyde North (HYT) Northern Hope Valley Line 43,992 1862[12] 2 Tameside
Ince (INC) Northern Manchester to Southport Line 21,150 1863[13] 2 Wigan
Irlam (IRL) Northern Liverpool to Manchester Lines 305,590 1893[13] 2 Salford
Kearsley (KSL) Northern Manchester to Preston Line 15,512 1838[13] 2 Bolton
Levenshulme (LVM) Northern Buxton Line
Crewe to Manchester Line
Stafford to Manchester Line
512,654 1843[12] 2 Manchester
Littleborough (LTL) Northern Caldervale Line 391,896 1839[12] 2 Rochdale
Lostock (LOT) Northern Manchester to Preston Line 232,442 1988[14] 2 Bolton
Manchester Airport (MIA) TransPennine Express North TransPennine
South TransPennine
Styal Line
TransPennine North West
3,632,308 1993[14] 4 + 2 Metrolink Manchester
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO) Northern Chester to Manchester Line
Liverpool to Manchester Lines
Manchester to Preston Line
North TransPennine
Stafford to Manchester Line
TransPennine North West
7,961,843 1849[12] 5 Manchester
Manchester United (MUF) Northern Liverpool to Manchester Lines N/A Only open on matchdays 1935[12] 1 Trafford
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) Network Rail Buxton Line
Chester to Manchester Line
Crewe to Manchester Line
CrossCountry
Glossop Line
Hope Valley Line
Liverpool to Manchester Lines
Manchester to Preston Line
Mid-Cheshire Line
North TransPennine
Stafford to Manchester Line
Styal Line
TransPennine North West
Welsh Marches Line
West Coast Main Line
25,792,700 1842[12] 14 + 2 Metrolink Manchester
Manchester Victoria (MCV) Northern Caldervale Line
Huddersfield Line
Manchester to Liverpool Line
Manchester to Preston Line
Manchester to Southport Line
Ribble Valley Line
7,630,480 1844[12] 6 + 4 Metrolink Manchester
Marple (MPL) Northern Hope Valley Line 454,858 1862[12] 2 Stockport
Mauldeth Road (MAU) Northern South TransPennine
Styal Line
356,798 1909[12] 2 Manchester
Middlewood (MDL) Northern Buxton Line 27,950 1879[13] 2 Stockport
Mills Hill (MIH) Northern Caldervale Line 310,032 1985[14][d] 2 Rochdale
Moorside (MSD) Northern Manchester to Southport Line 40,654 1888[13] 2 Salford
Moses Gate (MSS) Northern Manchester to Preston Line 10,354 1838[13] 2 Bolton
Mossley (MSL) Northern Huddersfield Line 306,150 1849[13] 2 Tameside
Moston (MSO) Northern Caldervale Line 71,732 1872[12] 2 Manchester
Navigation Road (NVR) Northern Mid-Cheshire Line 107,168 1931[12] 1[e] Trafford
Newton for Hyde (NWN) Northern Glossop Line 176,812 1841[12] 2 Tameside
Orrell (ORR) Northern Kirkby Branch Line 84,456 1848[13] 2 Wigan
Patricroft (PAT) Northern Liverpool to Manchester Lines 49,468 1830[13] 2 Salford
Pemberton (PEM) Northern Kirkby Branch Line 60,302 1848[13] 2 Wigan
Reddish North (RDN) Northern Hope Valley Line 174,334 1875[12] 2 Stockport
Reddish South (RDS) Northern Stockport to Stalybridge Line 38 1859[13] 1 Stockport
Rochdale (RCD) Northern Caldervale Line 1,134,418 1839[12] 3 + 2 Metrolink Rochdale
Romiley (RML) Northern Hope Valley Line 301,172 1862[12] 2 Stockport
Rose Hill Marple (RSH) Northern Hope Valley Line 145,366 1869[12] 1 Stockport
Ryder Brow (RRB) Northern Hope Valley Line 27,078 1985[14] 2 Manchester
Salford Central (SFD) Northern Manchester to Preston Line
Manchester to Southport Line
Ribble Valley Line
411,830 1838[12] 2 Salford
Salford Crescent (SLD) Northern Manchester to Preston Line
Manchester to Southport Line
Ribble Valley Line
TransPennine North West
955,878 1987[14] 2 Salford
Smithy Bridge (SMB) Northern Caldervale Line 149,152 1985[14] 2 Rochdale
Stalybridge (SYB) TransPennine Express Huddersfield Line
North TransPennine
Stockport to Stalybridge Line
1,128,900 1845[12] 5 Tameside
Stockport (SPT) Virgin Trains Buxton Line
Crewe to Manchester Line
CrossCountry
Hope Valley Line
Mid-Cheshire Line
South TransPennine
Stafford to Manchester Line
Stockport to Stalybridge Line
West Coast Main Line
3,586,032 1843[12] 6 Stockport
Strines (SRN) Northern Hope Valley Line 26,074 1866 2 Stockport
Swinton (SNN) Northern Manchester to Southport Line 132,684 1887[13] 2 Salford
Trafford Park (TRA) Northern Liverpool to Manchester Lines 61,512 1904[13] 2 Trafford
Urmston (URM) Northern Liverpool to Manchester Lines 324,402 1873[13] 2 Trafford
Walkden (WKD) Northern Manchester to Southport Line 339,942 1888[12] 2 Salford
Westhoughton (WHG) Northern Manchester to Southport Line 129,344 1848[13] 2 Bolton
Wigan North Western (WGN) Virgin Trains Blackpool to Liverpool Line
Liverpool to Wigan Line
West Coast Main Line
1,380,716 1838[12] 6 Wigan
Wigan Wallgate (WGW) Northern Kirkby Branch Line
Manchester to Southport Line
1,576,106 1896[12] 3 Wigan
Woodley (WLY) Northern Hope Valley Line 53,856 1862[13] 2 Stockport
Woodsmoor (WSR) Northern Buxton Line
Hope Valley Line
232,954 1990[14] 2 Stockport

See also

Footnotes

a The total of 98 given at www.gmpte.com excludes Reddish South and Denton, which have one service per week, but includes Dean Lane, Failsworth, Hollinwood, Oldham Werneth, Oldham Mumps, Derker, Shaw and Crompton, New Hey and Milnrow, which closed on 3 October 2009.
b Of the stations on the East Lancashire Railway operational as of the 2015 season, three (Bury Bolton Street, Heywood and Summerseat) are located within Greater Manchester.[18]
c Two other platforms are used by Manchester Metrolink services.[19][20]
d Originally opened in 1839 and closed in 1842. Reopened 25 March 1985 on the same site.[14]
e One other platform is used by Metrolink services.[21]

References

  1. ^ GMPTE (Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive) (n.d.). "GMPTE - Trains". gmpte.com. Archived from the original on 15 December 2006. Retrieved 13 September 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Roughley, Malcolm (1986). Railways in Greater Manchester (1974-1986); Volume One. M.R. Roughley. ISBN 0-9511246-0-9. 
  3. ^ "Network Map" (PDF). Northern Rail Network Map. FWT (part of the Cook Hammond & Kell Group). 22 March 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 April 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2008. 
  4. ^ Sanderson, Kathy (1989). "Manchester–Glossop–Hadfield". In Andrew Macfarlane. Peaks and Plains by Rail. Railway Development Society. Norwich: Jarrold Colour Publications. p. 42. ISBN 0-7117-0429-5. 
  5. ^ Clarke, John (1976). Railways: It Happened Round Greater Manchester. Greater Manchester Council. 
  6. ^ "History of the Museum". Museum of Science and Industry. Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester. 2008. Retrieved 10 September 2008. 
  7. ^ "Metrolink second city crossing 'vital' for Manchester". BBC News. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Oldham Loop rail line closure" (PDF). GMPTE information poster. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive. September 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2009. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Charlotte Cox (22 January 2015). "Transport bosses reveal plans to use special 'tram-train' to connect Stockport to Metrolink system". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Revamped station tops train poll". BBC. bbc.co.uk. 2 August 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2007. 
  11. ^ "Station usage". Office of Rail Regulation. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai Brackenbury, Allan (2005). Railway passenger stations in Greater Manchester: a chronology. Cheadle: Railway and Canal Historical Society North West Group. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Alan Bevan, ed. (1998). A—Z of Rail Reopenings. Railway Development Society. Warwick: Warwick Printing Company. ISBN 0-901283-13-4. 
  15. ^ Reid, T. D. W.; Lee, Irene (1979). Cheadle in 1851. Stockport Libraries. p. 40. ISBN 0-905164-00-8. 
  16. ^ a b Sanderson, Kathy (1989). "Manchester–Glossop–Hadfield". In Andrew Macfarlane. Peaks and Plains by Rail. Railway Development Society. Norwich: Jarrold Colour Publications. p. 34. ISBN 0-7117-0429-5. 
  17. ^ Macfarlane, Andrew (1989). "Manchester–Warrington–Liverpool". In Andrew Macfarlane. Peaks and Plains by Rail. Railway Development Society. Norwich: Jarrold Colour Publications. p. 43. ISBN 0-7117-0429-5. 
  18. ^ "Timetables and Information 2015". East Lancashire Railway. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  19. ^ "Station Facilities for Altrincham". National Rail Enquiries website. ATOC (Association of Train Operating Companies) Ltd. 2008. Retrieved 10 September 2008. 
  20. ^ "Metrolink in the City Centre". Light Rail Transit Association website. Tony Williams, Manchester Area Officer, Light Rail Transit Association. 14 August 2008. Archived from the original on 31 December 2008. Retrieved 19 September 2008. 
  21. ^ "Station Facilities for Navigation Road". National Rail Enquiries website. ATOC Ltd. 2008. Retrieved 10 September 2008. 
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