Ardwick railway station

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Ardwick National Rail
Ardwick
Location
Place Ardwick
Local authority Manchester
Coordinates 53°28′16″N 2°12′47″W / 53.4711°N 2.2131°W / 53.4711; -2.2131Coordinates: 53°28′16″N 2°12′47″W / 53.4711°N 2.2131°W / 53.4711; -2.2131
Grid reference SJ858972
Operations
Station code ADK
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   285
2005/06 Increase 358
2006/07 Increase 456
2007/08 Increase 479
2008/09 Increase 576
2009/10 Increase 754
2010/11 Decrease 668
2011/12 Decrease 584
2012/13 Increase 616
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Greater Manchester
History
Original company Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway
Pre-grouping Great Central Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
November 1842 (1842-11) Station opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Ardwick from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Ardwick railway station in Manchester, England is about one mile (1.5 km) south of Manchester Piccadilly. Situated in an industrial area of east Manchester, it is the least-used railway station in Manchester. Plans to close the station permanently were quashed in 2006 due to increasing activity in the area.

History[edit]

It was opened by the Sheffield, Ashton-Under-Lyne and Manchester Railway in 1842 and became part of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway during mergers in 1847. That company changed its name to the Great Central Railway in 1897. The station became a junction between the London, Midland and Scottish Railway and the London and North Eastern Railway under the Grouping of 1923, and passed to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

When sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by Regional Railways under arrangement with the Greater Manchester PTE until the privatisation of British Rail.

Ardwick rail depot, opened 2006 for the Class 185 DMU fleet is a short distance to the east.

Non-closure[edit]

Station entrance

In its draft Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS) for the North West, Network Rail proposed the closure of Ardwick, but the closure proposals were dropped from the final report published on 1 May 2007. Proposals to close Ardwick and two other stations in Greater Manchester were shelved after residents and passenger groups persuaded Network Rail that long-term development could improve the business case for keeping the stations open.

Ardwick is unstaffed and has a single island platform on the electrified line to Glossop and Hadfield. Access is from a footbridge, so wheelchair access is impossible. It is immediately adjacent to the main Manchester branch of the WCML, and the two routes join just north of the station. It has a peak-hour-only service of five trains per day (Monday - Friday only).

In 2004-2005 financial year only 285 passengers used the station, or fewer than one per day, increasing to 358 in 2005-2006. As a result it was proposed to close the station, but it was given a reprieve as a consequence of the increased commercial activity in the new East Manchester regeneration area.

Services[edit]

The station is located on the Hope Valley Line with services to Rose Hill Marple, Marple, Sheffield and New Mills. All these services are operated by Northern Rail. However there is very limited services at the station.

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Limited Services