East Didsbury railway station

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East Didsbury National Rail
East Didsbury
A Class 185 unit at East Didsbury station
Location
Place East Didsbury
Local authority Manchester
Grid reference SJ853903
Operations
Station code EDY
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   124,511
2005/06 Increase 158,834
2006/07 Increase 158,859
2007/08 Increase 213,932
2008/09 Increase 265,842
2009/10 Increase 272,656
2010/11 Increase 310,214
2011/12 Increase 342,866
2012/13 Decrease 338,566
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Greater Manchester
History
1909
2006-7
Opened
Refurbished
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at East Didsbury from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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East Didsbury is a suburban railway station in the south of the city of Manchester, England.

It stands on the Styal Line, between Longsight (Slade Lane Junction) and Wilmslow. It is served by Manchester-Crewe trains operated by Northern Rail, and by a few Manchester Airport services operated by First TransPennine Express.

East Didsbury Metrolink station is close to the railway station and opened in 2013.

History[edit]

East Didsbury Station was opened in 1909 by the London and North Western Railway and, until 6 May 1974, was called East Didsbury and Parrs Wood.[1][2] From 1923 the line was operated by the London Midland and Scottish Railway. Following the formation in 1948 of British Rail, rail services were operated by the London Midland Region of British Railways, then North-Western Regional Railways. Upon privatisation of rail services in 1996/7, East Didsbury was served by the North Western Trains franchise. Services to Manchester Airport began in 1993 upon the opening of the Manchester Airport spur.

Other Didsbury stations[edit]

Before the Beeching Axe of the 1960s, the Didsbury area was served by three railway stations: East Didsbury, Didsbury, and Withington and West Didsbury.

Didsbury was opened in 1880 in the centre of Didsbury Village on the Midland Railway line which connected with the Cheshire Lines Committee line into Manchester Central. This connected to the Sheffield and Midland Railway Companies' Committee line from Chinley, and the Midland Railway used it for its express services from London St. Pancras. It closed in 1967 and, though the building was used for a while by a hardware dealer, it has now disappeared, apart from the platforms, a clock tower and a drinking fountain dedicated to the memory of a local philanthropist, Dr. D.J. Wilson (1847–1900).[3]

There was also Withington and West Didsbury, the next station on the line, the two being so similar in appearance that passengers sometimes alighted at the wrong one. Originally it was called "Withington", then from 1884 "Withington and Albert Park", receiving its final name in 1915. All that remains is a boundary wall; a block of flats (Brankgate Court) has been built on the site.

Services[edit]

There is a basic half-hourly service in each direction, northbound to Piccadilly and southbound to the Airport; these call at all intermediate stations.[4] Alternate southbound trains run through to Crewe via Wilmslow and Alderley Edge. A few weekday peak period through trains to other destinations (such as Liverpool Lime Street and Blackpool North) also stop here.

On Sundays, there is an hourly service each way with two-hourly extensions southbound to Alderley Edge.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens.
  2. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (July 1974). "Notes and News: Stations renamed by LMR". Railway Magazine (London: IPC Transport Press) 120 (879): 363. ISSN 0033-8923. 
  3. ^ Radford, J.B. (1988). Midland through the Peak: A pictorial history of the Midland Railway main line routes between Derby and Manchester. Paddock Wood: Unicorn Books. ISBN 978-1-85241-001-8
  4. ^ Northern Rail Timetable 21 - Manchester to Manchester Airport www.northernrail.org; Retrieved 2013-08-20

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 53°24′33″N 2°13′18.50″W / 53.40917°N 2.2218056°W / 53.40917; -2.2218056