Kidsgrove railway station

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Kidsgrove National Rail
Place Kidsgrove
Local authority Newcastle-under-Lyme
Grid reference SJ837543
Station code KDG
Managed by East Midlands Trains
Number of platforms 4
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 30,850
2005/06 Increase 32,192
2006/07 Increase 43,661
2007/08 Increase 50,194
2008/09 Increase 61,558
2009/10 Increase 103,824
2010/11 Increase 141,158
2011/12 Increase 158,478
2012/13 Increase 165,132
9 October 1848 (1848-10-09) Opened as Harecastle[1]
2 October 1944 renamed Kidsgrove Central[1]
18 April 1966 renamed Kidsgrove[1]
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Kidsgrove from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Kidsgrove railway station serves the town of Kidsgrove in Staffordshire, England. The station is 7.5 miles (12.07 km) north of Stoke-on-Trent. The station is served by trains on the Crewe to Derby Line which is also a community rail line known as the North Staffordshire line. The station is owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Trains (EMT) Train Operating Company (TOC).

Tickets for travel should be purchased from the ticket office or ticket machine at the station entrance, in accordance with the national conditions of carriage the guard on the train will only retail 'Anytime' tickets, unless the ticket machine is not working or the ticket required is not available to purchase. The station is not part of any Penalty Fare scheme.[2]

In the year 2009/10 the usage of the station grew by almost 58% to over 100,000 recorded journeys, in addition more than 6,434 passengers used the station to change trains. The increase in usage (followed by a similar increase for 2010/11) has been attributed to improved timetable in December 2008 (specifically the introduction of London Midland's Desiro service to London Euston via Tamworth).[3]


The present station was opened 9 October 1848 by the North Staffordshire Railway as Harecastle and was during the early years of the North Staffordshire era variously called Harecastle Junction, Kidsgrove Junction. Kidsgrove Junction, Harecastle before settling upon Harecastle in 1875.[1] Between 1885/6 and 1923/4 it was called Harecastle for Kidsgrove.[1] In 1944 it was renamed Kidsgrove.

In British Rail days it was known as Kidsgrove Central when the town had three stations, the other two were Kidsgrove Liverpool Rd and Market Street Halt on the old North Staffordshire Railway's Potteries Loop Line (All three stations were opened by the North Staffordshire Railway). It is situated on the Manchester branch of the West Coast Main Line at the junction where the line from Stoke-on-Trent divides for Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly.

It is just north of the Harecastle Tunnels on the Trent and Mersey Canal.

Service pattern[edit]

Platform 1

Platform 2

Platform 3

Platform 4

  • Hourly East Midlands Trains service to Crewe calling at Alsager
  • Hourly London Midland service to Crewe calling at Alsager

No services operated by Virgin Trains or CrossCountry call at Kidsgrove.

A freight train from the Crewe line in the mid 1960s just before the withdrawal of steam


  1. ^ a b c d e Quick, Michael (2009) [2001]. Railway passenger stations in Great Britain: a chronology (4th ed.). Oxford: Railway and Canal Historical Society. p. 231. ISBN 978 0 901461 57 5. OCLC 612226077. 
  2. ^ "Warning have you paid". Department for Transport / London Midland. 2008. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  3. ^ Office of Rail Regulation (2010). "Station usage". Office of Rail Regulation. Retrieved 2010-03-29. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
East Midlands Trains
Crewe to Derby Line
London Midland
London - Crewe
Northern Rail
Preceding station   Historical railways   Following station
Line open, station closed
North Staffordshire Railway
Line and station closed
Line open, station closed
North Staffordshire Railway
Line and station closed
North Staffordshire Railway
Sandbach to Stoke Line

Coordinates: 53°05′11″N 2°14′41″W / 53.0863°N 2.2446°W / 53.0863; -2.2446