Hazel Grove railway station

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Hazel Grove National Rail
Hazel Grove
Hazel Grove railway Station
Location
Place Hazel Grove
Local authority Stockport
Grid reference SJ919867
Operations
Station code HAZ
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.276 million
2005/06 Increase 0.325 million
2006/07 Increase 0.364 million
2007/08 Increase 0.381 million
2008/09 Increase 0.535 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.527 million
2010/11 Increase 0.574 million
2011/12 Increase 0.610 million
2012/13 Increase 0.625 million
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PTE Greater Manchester
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Hazel Grove from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Hazel Grove railway station is on the Stockport to Buxton / Sheffield line, serving the village of Hazel Grove, Greater Manchester, England. It was built for the Stockport, Disley and Whaley Bridge Railway by the London and North Western Railway and opened on 9 June 1857. From 1923 until 1948 it was owned by the London Midland and Scottish Railway and following nationalisation it was operated by the London Midland Region of British Railways.

At one time there was another station in the village (Hazel Grove (Midland)), on the Midland Railway's line from New Mills South Junction to Manchester Central via Cheadle Heath, which opened in 1902, but it was less conveniently situated and closed in 1917.

The line was extremely expensive to build with extensive earthworks. The navvies were accommodated in specially-built houses near the Rising Sun pub, which still exist, and are known as the "Navvy Mansions". The line from Edgeley Junction (just south of Stockport) to Hazel Grove was electrified in 1981 on the 25 kV AC overhead system.

The station has two side platforms, linked by a footbridge and lifts and has a signal box on the Buxton-bound platform. This controls the junction between the Buxton line and the chord linking it to the route through Disley Tunnel towards Sheffield at the country end of the station and also a pair of carriage sidings at the Stockport end used for stabling trains that terminate here. Ticket barriers are in operation.

The station in the 1900s

Services[edit]

Today Hazel Grove is served by two trains per hour to/from Manchester Piccadilly – the hourly Manchester Piccadilly to Buxton DMU service and the hourly Preston to Hazel Grove DMU service. Only a few of the fast DMU services between Manchester and Sheffield call at Hazel Grove – most go straight through the station. Few services from Buxton now continue past Manchester Piccadilly and those that do (currently seven services in total) operate in the early morning and evening business peak periods – destinations served include Clitheroe, Wigan North Western, Blackpool North and Barrow-in-Furness. Whilst the line to Hazel Grove is electrified, Electric Multiple Units only now operate one return service in the evening. The units that used to run services on the route are now used to provide an extra hourly stopping service between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport.

The single-track Hazel Grove Chord opened in 1986. This allowed trains to/from Stockport and Manchester Piccadilly to access the former Manchester Central – New Mills South Junction line just south of Hazel Grove station and thus provides a faster route between Manchester and Sheffield than the former route via Romiley and New Mills Central. The chord also enables Sheffield trains to serve Stockport and run to/from Liverpool Lime Street.

References[edit]

  • Radford, B., (1988) Midland Though The Peak Unicorn Books
  • Harrison, P., (2006) Striking A Chord With Electric

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 53°22′40″N 2°07′21″W / 53.3777°N 2.1226°W / 53.3777; -2.1226