Greenfield railway station

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For the planned rail station in Greenfield, Massachusetts, see John W. Olver Transit Center.
Greenfield National Rail
Place Greenfield
Local authority Oldham
Coordinates 53°32′20″N 2°00′51″W / 53.5388°N 2.0142°W / 53.5388; -2.0142Coordinates: 53°32′20″N 2°00′51″W / 53.5388°N 2.0142°W / 53.5388; -2.0142
Grid reference SD991046
Station code GNF
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.162 million
2005/06 Increase 0.168 million
2006/07 Increase 0.170 million
2007/08 Increase 0.180 million
2008/09 Increase 0.238 million
2009/10 Increase 0.256 million
2010/11 Increase 0.283 million
2011/12 Increase 0.306 million
2012/13 Increase 0.331 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Greater Manchester
Original company London and North Western Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
1 August 1849 (1849-08-01) Station opened
1 September 1851 Delph branch opened
5 July 1856 Oldham branch opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Greenfield from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Greenfield railway station serves the village of Greenfield, in the Saddleworth parish of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, in Greater Manchester, England. Managed by Northern Rail, it lies on the Huddersfield Line 12 miles (20 km) northeast of Manchester Victoria and is the final station within Greater Manchester before crossing the West Yorkshire boundary.


The line through Greenfield was constructed by the Huddersfield and Manchester Railway, which was absorbed by the London and North Western Railway on 9 July 1847 before any of it was opened.[1] The section between Huddersfield and Stalybridge was opened on 1 August 1849, and the station at Greenfield was opened the same day.[1][2]

On 1 September 1851, the branch to Delph opened, which left the main line at Delph Junction,[3] about a mile to the north of Greenfield; Greenfield was the last station before the junction until Moorgate Halt opened in 1912. A second branch, to Oldham, opened on 5 July 1856; it left the main line just to the south of Greenfield.

Passenger services on the Oldham branch were withdrawn in May 1955, with complete closure following in 1964. A defunct bay can still be seen at the Stalybridge end of the station. This was used by some trains from the Oldham direction. For many years the station had a peak only service (see BR timetable 1974 et seq.).

The Beeching Report proposed closure of all stations between Stalybridge and Huddersfield. In 1968 half these stations were closed including Diggle and Saddleworth, leaving only Greenfield to serve the Saddleworth area. This means that Greenfield is Saddleworth's only remaining railway station. After the Oldham Loop Line closed in 2009, it was also Oldham's only remaining railway station.


Planning permission for the refurbishment of Greenfield railway station was granted in early 2008. This was to provide a new ticket office, refurbished waiting areas, toilets, and possibly a small shop, and was due to be completed in the Winter of 2008. After some problems with planning regulations and the original building contractor going into administration,[4] the new facilities were finally completed in Spring 2009.


From Monday to Saturday, Greenfield is served by an hourly Northern Rail service from Manchester Victoria station to Huddersfield station, with some additional service in the peaks. There is also an hourly Sunday service each way since the 2008-9 timetable came into effect.

The more frequent TransPennine Express service, from Manchester Piccadilly station and points west to Huddersfield station and points east, passes through Greenfield without stopping. However, there are plans for these trains to stop at Greenfield and Marsden.

The station is also handy for the nearby reservoirs of Dovestones, and Chew as well as the whole of Chew Valley in the Peak District National Park.



  1. ^ a b James, Leslie (November 1983). A Chronology of the Construction of Britain's Railways 1778-1855. Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 57. ISBN 0-7110-1277-6. BE/1183. 
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 109. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  3. ^ James 1983, p. 65
  4. ^ Rail station revamp hits the buffers Oldham News website; Retrieved 2009-03-20

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Disused railways
Line and station closed
  London and North Western Railway
Delph Donkey
  Moorgate Halt
Line open, station closed