Irlam railway station

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Irlam National Rail
Irlam
Irlam railway station in 2008
Location
Place Irlam
Local authority Salford
Coordinates 53°26′03″N 2°26′03″W / 53.4343°N 2.4341°W / 53.4343; -2.4341Coordinates: 53°26′03″N 2°26′03″W / 53.4343°N 2.4341°W / 53.4343; -2.4341
Grid reference SJ713931
Operations
Station code IRL
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.103 million
2005/06 Increase 0.120 million
2006/07 Increase 0.123 million
2007/08 Increase 0.135 million
2008/09 Increase 0.181 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.177 million
2010/11 Increase 0.204 million
2011/12 Increase 0.225 million
2012/13 Increase 0.240 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Greater Manchester
History
Key dates Opened 1873 (1873)
Original company Cheshire Lines Committee
Pre-grouping CLC
Post-grouping CLC
2 September 1873 Original station opened as Irlam
1 August 1879 Renamed Irlam and Cadishead
26 March 1893 Station resited at higher level
August 1954 Renamed Irlam for Cadishead
6 May 1974 Renamed Irlam
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Irlam from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Irlam railway station is in Irlam, Greater Manchester, England. The station is 8 34 miles (14.1 km) west of Manchester Oxford Road on the Manchester to Liverpool Line and is operated by Northern Rail.

History[edit]

The original station, named Irlam, was opened by the Cheshire Lines Committee on 2 September 1873,[1] on their route between Manchester Central and Liverpool Central. The station was renamed Irlam and Cadishead on 1 August 1879.[1]

The construction of the Manchester Ship Canal (which opened on 1 January 1894) required the railway line to be raised in order to provide clearance for shipping, so a new line was built parallel but at a higher level. The new line was used by goods trains from 9 January 1893, and on 26 March 1893 passenger trains were also transferred to the deviation, the original station being closed and replaced by the present station.[1][2]

In August 1954, the station was renamed Irlam for Cadishead, reverting to Irlam on 6 May 1974.[1][3]

Irlam railway station in 1988

Facilities[edit]

The station is unstaffed, despite catering for over 100,000 passengers a year excluding some season ticket users, which means the former station building is derelict. The next station on the line (Flixton) is at least partially staffed although its usage is much less.

Irlam station is unusual in that the track and platform is the 'wrong side' of the station building on the Manchester side. This is due to the deviation of the line in 1893.

Services[edit]

Monday to Saturday services are roughly half-hourly in each direction, towards Glazebrook and Liverpool Lime Street to the west and towards Flixton and Manchester Oxford Road in the east. An express service in both morning and evening peak-time periods (operated by TransPennine Express in the morning and East Midlands Trains in the evening) makes an additional stop at this station to cater for commuters working in Manchester. Services are less frequent in the evenings.

Since December 2006 trains now serve the station on Sundays. This is the first Sunday service at this station in over 20 years, with an hourly service operating in both directions. City of Salford council has advised locals to use the service or it may be withdrawn.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 128. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Dow, George (1962). Great Central, Volume Two: Dominion of Watkin, 1864-1899. Shepperton: Ian Allan. pp. 143, 145. ISBN 0-7110-1469-8. 
  3. ^ 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. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Glazebrook
Birchwood on Sundays
  Northern Rail
Manchester to Liverpool Line
  Flixton
Urmston on Sundays