Deansgate railway station

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Deansgate National Rail Manchester Metrolink
Deansgate
Location
Place Manchester city centre
Local authority City of Manchester
Coordinates 53°28′27″N 2°15′03″W / 53.4742°N 2.2508°W / 53.4742; -2.2508Coordinates: 53°28′27″N 2°15′03″W / 53.4742°N 2.2508°W / 53.4742; -2.2508
Grid reference SJ834975
Operations
Station code DGT
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  16,090
2005/06 Decrease 13,550
2006/07 Increase 97,783[1]
2007/08 Increase 120,642[1]
2008/09 Increase 242,179[1]
2009/10 Increase 300,355
2010/11 Increase 322,708
2011/12 Increase 347,040
2012/13 Increase 350,568
2013/14 Increase 370,515
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Greater Manchester
History
Original company Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Pre-grouping Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Post-grouping Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
20 July 1849 (1849-07-20) Opened as Knot Mill and Deansgate
? Renamed Knott Mill and Deansgate
3 May 1971 Renamed Deansgate
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Deansgate from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Deansgate is a railway station in Manchester city centre, England. It is situated approximately 1,100 yards (1 km) west of Manchester Piccadilly in the Castlefield area, at the junction of Deansgate and Whitworth Street West.

It is linked to Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink station and the Manchester Central Complex (both previously called G-Mex) by a footbridge built in 1985, while Deansgate Locks, the Great Northern Warehouse and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester are nearby.

The platforms are elevated, reached by lift or stairs, or by the walkway from the Manchester Central Complex. The ticket office, staffed full-time, is between street and platform levels. There are no ticket barriers, although manual ticket checks take place on a daily basis.

It is on the Manchester to Preston and the Liverpool to Manchester lines, both heavily used by commuters. Most tickets purchased by passengers to Deansgate are issued to Manchester Stations or Manchester Central Zone, therefore actual usage is not reflected in these statistics, due to the difficulty in splitting the ticket sales correctly between the four grouped stations (Piccadilly, Victoria, Oxford Road and Deansgate).

History[edit]

The station was opened as Knot Mill and Deansgate on 20 July 1849 by the Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway[2] (MSJAR) with wooden buildings near the site of the annual Knott Mill Fair, a decades old event, which hosted acts such as Pablo Fanque's Circus Royal and George Wombwell's Menagerie.[3][4] In 1884 Manchester Corporation approached the MSJAR about the station as it was an "eyesore and nuisance." Improvement plans were drawn up but it was not until 1891 that an Act was obtained to reconstruct the station and acquire the necessary land. The rebuilding was completed in 1896 and this date appears on a shield motif over the entrance. The station became Knott Mill and Deansgate[2] around 1900 and Deansgate on 3 May 1971.[5] Today it is sometimes known as Manchester Deansgate, and on many station information boards it is Deansgate G-Mex.

Services[edit]

Platform 2 in 2011.
Station concourse
Entrance from Whitworth St. West

There are regular trains eastbound to Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly. Some through trains continue towards Manchester Airport, Stoke-on-Trent and Buxton.

Westbound there are regular trains to Liverpool Lime Street, Southport and Blackpool North.

Metrolink[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Figures not comparable because of changes in definition.
  2. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 137. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  3. ^ Gretchen Holrook Gerzina, Editor, "Black Victorians-Black Victoriana" (Rutgers University Press: New Brunswick, NJ, 2003)
  4. ^ The Manchester Guardian (11 April 1850). "Knott Mill Fair, Manchester, 1850". The Fairground Heritage Trust. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  5. ^ Butt 1995, pp. 137, 77

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Manchester Oxford Road   TransPennine Express
TransPennine North West
  Salford Crescent
Trafford Park
Urmston on Sundays
  Northern Rail
Liverpool to Manchester Line
  Manchester Oxford Road
Manchester Oxford Road   Northern Rail
Liverpool to Manchester Line
(Matchdays only)
  Manchester United
Football Ground
Manchester Oxford Road   Northern Rail
Manchester to Preston Line
  Salford Crescent
Disused railways
Manchester Oxford Road
Line and station open
  Manchester, South Junction
and Altrincham Railway
  Cornbrook
1856–65
Line and station closed
Old Trafford
1849–56, 1865–1991
Line closed, station open