Glossop railway station

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Glossop National Rail
Glossop Railway Station.jpg
The exterior of Glossop railway station in 2006, with the GMPTE logo visible on the station sign.
Place Glossop
Local authority High Peak
Coordinates 53°26′38″N 1°56′56″W / 53.444°N 1.949°W / 53.444; -1.949Coordinates: 53°26′38″N 1°56′56″W / 53.444°N 1.949°W / 53.444; -1.949
Grid reference SK034942
Station code GLO
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.430 million
2005/06 Increase 0.466 million
2006/07 Decrease 0.465 million
2007/08 Increase 0.488 million
2008/09 Increase 0.693 million
2009/10 Increase 0.702 million
2010/11 Increase 0.740 million
2011/12 Increase 0.765 million
2012/13 Increase 0.898 million
2013/14 Increase 0.956 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Greater Manchester[1]
Original company Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway
Pre-grouping Great Central Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
9 June 1845 (1845-06-09) Opened as Glossop for goods only
30 June 1845 Opened for all traffic
10 July 1922 Renamed Glossop Central
6 May 1974 Renamed Glossop
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Glossop from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Glossop railway station serves the Pennine market town of Glossop in Derbyshire, England. Glossop is the third busiest railway station in the county of Derbyshire after Derby and Chesterfield. It is estimated 956,000 people used the station in 2013/14.

The station is 15 miles (24 km) east of Manchester Piccadilly station, and is the terminus of the Glossop Line. Together with nearby Derbyshire stations at Hadfield and Dinting, Glossop is considered to be part of the Greater Manchester rail network as it lies only a short distance over the county boundary and the line goes no further into Derbyshire. For that reason the station signs at Glossop feature the TfGM logo, and the station features on the TfGM rail network map.[2] However, Greater Manchester concessionary fares do not apply to passengers travelling from Glossop, Dinting or Hadfield.[3]


Glossop station in 1967

Henry Howard, 13th Duke of Norfolk built the spur line from Dinting viaduct to Howard Town at his own expense over his own land. He then sold it to the Sheffield, Ashton-Under-Lyne and Manchester Railway.[4] The station was opened on 9 June 1845 to goods traffic; the formal opening was on 30 June 1845 – it was attended by some of the SA&MR Directors, and passenger traffic began immediately afterward.[5] There was a previous station called Glossop on the main line but that was renamed "Dinting" with the opening of the Glossop station on the branch.[6] The new station was originally named Glossop, and was renamed Glossop Central on 10 July 1922, reverting to Glossop on 6 May 1974.[7][8]

Originally built with multiple platforms, the station was reduced to one platform in the 1980s. Double-ended electric multiple units arriving from Manchester Piccadilly reverse to proceed to Hadfield, and vice versa. The other platforms and redundant station buildings were incorporated into an extension for the next door Co-op supermarket and car park, now owned by The Co-operative Group.

The station is now a Grade II Listed building and a blue plaque was unveiled in 2006.[1]


A Northern Rail 323 at Glossop's platform

There is generally a half-hourly daytime service to Manchester Piccadilly and Hadfield. This is increased to every 20 minutes in the morning and evening rush-hour periods.

Trains operate hourly in the evenings and half-hourly on Sundays. When there is engineering work on Sundays, the replacement bus service only operates hourly.

A number of services to/from Manchester Piccadilly start or terminate at Glossop during the rush hour, early morning and late evening.

All passenger services are operated by Northern Rail, who use Class 323 EMUs on the route from Manchester Piccadilly to Glossop and Hadfield.


Glossop station is the busiest on the line from Manchester Piccadilly (excluding Piccadilly itself). The ticket office is open seven days a week. Outside the station building, on Norfolk Street, is a small car park. The town's main bus stop and taxi rank are located 30 yards from the station entrance, on Henry Street. The former station hotel is now the George Hotel, located on the other side of Norfolk Street from the station. Also very close by are the Star and Norfolk Arms public houses.

On 2 September 2011 a £75,000 refurbishment of the station was officially opened with a new ticket office and waiting room. The waiting room features past photographs of the railway station and work by local Derbyshire artists.

Friends of Glossop Station[edit]

The Friends of Glossop Station (FOGS) was formed in 2002 as a splinter group of Glossop Environmental Trust (GET).[9] They are an active station adoption group who have carried out a number of projects at the station, including creating a station garden, painting cast iron railings, holding 'Community Rail Days' [10] and beautifying the station with hanging baskets, floral displays and redecorating.[9]


  1. ^ As noted, Glossop is one of three stations to be considered as part of the Greater Manchester rail network but not lying within the metropolitan county
  2. ^ "Greater Manchester Rail Network" (PDF). Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Greater Manchester Concessionary Fare Map" (PDF). Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Birch, A.H. (1959). "2". Small Town Politics, A Study of Political Life in Glossop. Oxford University Press. p. 18. 
  5. ^ Dow, George (1959). Great Central, Volume One: The Progenitors, 1813-1863. Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 289. ISBN 0-7110-1468-X. 
  6. ^ Dow 1959, p. 290
  7. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 104. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  8. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (July 1974). "Notes and News: Stations renamed by LMR". Railway Magazine (London: IPC Transport Press Ltd) 120 (879): 363. ISSN 0033-8923. 
  9. ^ a b "Friends Of Glossop Station". Friends of Glossop Station. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  10. ^ Photos Page, Friends of Glossop Station, Glossop, Derbyshire SK13

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