Castleton railway station
|Managed by||Northern Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 1875|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Castleton from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Castleton railway station serves Castleton in the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England. It is 8¾ miles (14 km) north of Manchester Victoria on the Caldervale Line operated and managed by Northern Rail.
On Monday to Saturday daytimes, there is a half hourly service in each direction. Two per hour southbound to Manchester Victoria, with hourly extensions to Wigan Wallgate and two per hour northbound to Rochdale, with one of these continuing on to Leeds via Hebden Bridge and Brighouse. There are no longer any through services to Manchester via Oldham, this is due to closure of the Oldham Loop Line which has been converted for light rail use by Manchester Metrolink.
In the evenings and on Sundays there is an hourly service to Manchester Victoria and to Leeds via Rochdale and Bradford Interchange on the Caldervale Line
The original station opened in 1839 at Blue Pits on the other side of the Rochdale-Manchester Road bridge. It was originally called Blue Pits for Heywood. The current station opened on 1 November 1875. The Liverpool and Bury Railway from Bolton (extended through from Bolton and beyond in 1848 to join the earlier M&L Heywood branch previously opened in 1841) used to join the main line at a triangular junction a short distance south of the station. This was at one time a busy passenger & freight route often used by trains avoiding the busy Manchester area, but was closed to passengers on 5 October 1970.
East Lancashire Railway Future
The eastern portion of this line was retained for freight traffic after passenger trains ceased (serving the coal depot at Rawtenstall until 1980 and subsequently to the Powell Duffryn wagon works) and it now forms the link with the East Lancashire Railway heritage route at Heywood. The heritage line plans to extend its services along and towards a possible new bay platform adjacent to the main station in the future, subject to permission being granted by Network Rail.
The bay platform (named Castleton Village) will be adjacent to the main station at Castleton, from where passengers could alight and change station sides directly to Northern Rail services on the national network. Rochdale Council commissioned a study by transport consultants Moucel in conjunction with the ELR regarding the proposals in 2010 - their report (which covers both the tourism & regeneration aspects of any such future development) can be downloaded from the ELR website.
|Preceding station||Proposed Heritage railways||Following station|
|Terminus||East Lancashire Railway||Heywood
Line closed, station open
- The Manchester and Leeds Railway by Martin Bairstow (1983), (ISBN 0-907941-06-0)
- Forgotten Railways: North-West England by John Marshall (1981), David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd, Newton Abbott. (ISBN 0-7153-8003-6)
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- Train times and station information for Castleton railway station from National Rail
- The Castleton and Heywood Masterplan 2010 Moucel report on potential ELR extension through to Castleton station.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Mills Hill||Northern Rail
Caldervale Line or
Line closed, station open
|Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway||Rochdale
Line and station open
|Railways in Rochdale (Past, Present and Future)|