List of railway stations in Greater Manchester

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Manchester Piccadilly, the principal station for the City of Manchester and busiest station in Greater Manchester by number of passengers.

Greater Manchester, a metropolitan county in North West England, has a rail network of 130 route miles (209 km) and 91 stations.[1][a] Transport for Greater Manchester is responsible for specifying fares and service levels of train services operating in the county.[2] The Northern Rail train operating company provides most of these services.[3] The four main railway stations in Manchester city centre are Piccadilly, Victoria, Oxford Road and Deansgate which all form part of the Manchester station group.

All services run to or through one of Manchester city centre's major stations, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly. The network is effectively divided into two operating halves based on these stations,[2] although the opening of a connecting line in 1988 improved operational flexibility by joining the north and south halves.[4] Services radiate northwards from Manchester Victoria, providing stopping services to West Yorkshire and Liverpool as well as local suburban services to Rochdale and Wigan.[2] The south side's services radiate from Manchester Piccadilly and run to Manchester Airport, south Manchester, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Leeds, North East England, London and other major destinations.[2]

The region's rail network started to develop during the Industrial Revolution, when it was at the centre of a textile manufacturing boom.[5] Manchester was at the forefront of the railway building revolution during the Victorian era. The world's first passenger railway, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, opened on 15 September 1830.[2] Its original terminus, Liverpool Road railway station, was closed to passengers in 1844, but still exists and is the oldest surviving passenger station in the world.[6] Since the Beeching Axe many of Greater Manchester's stations have closed and many station facilities have been removed. Others, however, have been converted to the Manchester Metrolink, Greater Manchester's light-rail network. This work continues as of 2009: in October, nine stations on the former Oldham Loop Line closed pending conversion.[7]

In preparation for the 2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester Piccadilly, the principal station for the City of Manchester, was extensively redeveloped and as a consequence has been voted as having the highest customer satisfaction rating of all the main stations in the United Kingdom.[8] As of 2013, Manchester Victoria is under renovation with the construction of a new £20 million roof while Oxford Road will see redevelopment as a result of the Northern Hub plan in 2014. The construction of the Ordsall Chord will link Greater Manchester's three busiest stations for the first time in 2016.

Railway stations currently in use[edit]

Station (and code) Managed by Lines
served
Station
users
2007/8[9]
Station
users
2008/9[9]
Year
opened
Platforms Borough
Altrincham (ALT) Northern Rail Mid-Cheshire Line 282,958 263,110 1881[10] 2[b] Trafford
Ardwick (ADK) Northern Rail Glossop Line
Hope Valley Line
479 576 1842[10] 2 Manchester
Ashburys (ABY) Northern Rail Glossop Line
Hope Valley Line
45,418 66,576 1846[10] 2 Manchester
Ashton-under-Lyne (AHN) Northern Rail Huddersfield Line 344,041 451,130 1846[11] 2 Tameside
Atherton (ATN) Northern Rail Manchester to Southport Line 239,276 369,564 1888[11] 2 Wigan
Belle Vue (BLV) Northern Rail Hope Valley Line 9,470 11,744 1875[10] 2 Manchester
Blackrod (BLK) Northern Rail Manchester to Preston Line 246,014 388,282 1841[11] 2 Bolton
Bolton (BON) Northern Rail Manchester to Southport Line
Ribble Valley Line
Manchester to Preston Line
TransPennine North West
West Coast Main Line
2,097,879 2,771,130 1838[11] 4 Bolton
Bramhall (BML) Northern Rail Stafford to Manchester Line 165,544 234,772 1845[11] 2 Stockport
Bredbury (BDY) Northern Rail Hope Valley Line 109,355 157,228 1875[10] 2 Stockport
Brinnington (BNT) Northern Rail Hope Valley Line 52,305 62,032 1977[12] 2 Stockport
Broadbottom (BDB) Northern Rail Glossop Line 98,055 122,060 1842[10] 2 Tameside
Bromley Cross (BMC) Northern Rail Ribble Valley Line 221,853 316,052 1848[11] 2 Bolton
Bryn (BYN) Northern Rail Liverpool to Wigan Line 90,250 112,940 1869[11] 2 Wigan
Burnage (BNA) Northern Rail South TransPennine
Styal Line
119,943 144,980 1910[10] 2 Manchester
Castleton (CAS) Northern Rail Caldervale Line
Oldham Loop Line
100,345 122,810 1875[10] 2 Rochdale
Chassen Road (CSR) Northern Rail Manchester to Liverpool Line 30,134 34,466 1934[11] 2 Trafford
Cheadle Hulme (CHU) Northern Rail Crewe to Manchester Line
Stafford to Manchester Line
424,114 574,666 1845*[13] 4 Stockport
Clifton (CLI) Northern Rail Manchester to Preston Line 152 250 1847[11] 2 Salford
Daisy Hill (DSY) Northern Rail Manchester to Southport Line 115,652 210,262 1888[11] 2 Bolton
Davenport (DVN) Northern Rail Buxton Line
Hope Valley Line
183,465 208,820 1858[10] 2 Stockport
Deansgate (DGT) Northern Rail Liverpool to Manchester Lines
Manchester to Preston Line
Stafford to Manchester Line
TransPennine North West
129,995 242,179 1849[10] 2 Manchester
Denton (DTN) Northern Rail Stockport to Stalybridge Line 53 56 1851[11] 2 Tameside
East Didsbury (EDY) Northern Rail South TransPennine
Styal Line
213,932 266,606 1909[10] 2 Manchester
Eccles (ECC) Northern Rail Liverpool to Manchester Lines 73,523 100,938 1830[11] 2 Salford
Fairfield (FRF) Northern Rail Hope Valley Line 6,998 9,010 1841[10] 2 Tameside
Farnworth (FNW) Northern Rail Manchester to Preston Line 23,830 33,982 1838[11] 2 Bolton
Flixton (FLI) Northern Rail Liverpool to Manchester Lines 60,025 70,524 1873[11] 2 Trafford
Flowery Field (FLF) Northern Rail Glossop Line 121,569 163,180 1985[12] 2 Tameside
Gathurst (GST) Northern Rail Manchester to Southport Line 53,103 71,762 1855[11] 2 Wigan
Gatley (GTY) Northern Rail South TransPennine
Styal Line
183,605 235,336 1909[10] 2 Stockport
Godley (GDL) Northern Rail Glossop Line 50,105 62,720 1986[14] 2 Tameside
Gorton (GTO) Northern Rail Glossop Line
Hope Valley Line
81,018 97,544 1842[10] 2 Manchester
Greenfield (GNF) Northern Rail Huddersfield Line 180,399 237,976 1849[11] 2 Oldham
Guide Bridge (GUI) Northern Rail Glossop Line
Hope Valley Line
Stockport to Stalybridge Line
157,258 208,760 1846[10] 2 Tameside
Hag Fold (HGF) Northern Rail Manchester-Southport Line 37,485 52,592 1987[12] 2 Wigan
Hale (HAL) Northern Rail Mid-Cheshire Line 108,638 130,368 1862[10] 2 Trafford
Hall i' th' Wood (HID) Northern Rail Ribble Valley Line 47,335 66,996 1986[12] 2 Bolton
Hattersley (HTY) Northern Rail Glossop Line 34,133 44,418 1978[14] 2 Tameside
Hazel Grove (HAZ) Northern Rail Buxton Line
Hope Valley Line
380,597 535,938 1857[11] 2 Stockport
Heald Green (HDG) Northern Rail South TransPennine
Styal Line
TransPennine North West
298,536 384,022 1909[10] 2 Stockport
Heaton Chapel (HTC) Northern Rail Buxton Line
Crewe to Manchester Line
Stafford to Manchester Line
395,274 461,318 1852[11] 2 Stockport
Hindley (HIN) Northern Rail Manchester to Southport Line 153,403 210,076 1848[11] 2 Wigan
Horwich Parkway (HWI) Northern Rail Manchester to Preston Line 303,858 409,906 1999[10] 2 Bolton
Humphrey Park (HUP) Northern Rail Liverpool to Manchester Lines 19,228 22,180 1984[15] 2 Trafford
Hyde Central (HYC) Northern Rail Hope Valley Line 41,599 49,908 1858[10] 2 Tameside
Hyde North (HYT) Northern Rail Hope Valley Line 27,279 30,786 1862[10] 2 Tameside
Ince (INC) Northern Rail Manchester to Southport Line 12,493 14,910 1863[11] 2 Wigan
Irlam (IRL) Northern Rail Liverpool to Manchester Lines 135,105 181,400 1893[11] 2 Salford
Kearsley (KSL) Northern Rail Manchester to Preston Line 26,042 28,702 1838[11] 2 Bolton
Levenshulme (LVM) Northern Rail Buxton Line
Crewe to Manchester Line
Stafford to Manchester Line
250,488 302,514 1843[10] 2 Manchester
Littleborough (LTL) Northern Rail Caldervale Line 236,716 358,788 1839[10] 2 Rochdale
Lostock (LOT) Northern Rail Manchester to Preston Line 140,033 208,820 1988[12] 2 Bolton
Manchester Airport (MIA) TransPennine Express North TransPennine
South TransPennine
Styal Line
TransPennine North West
2,158,913 2,709,922 1993[12] 3 Manchester
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO) Northern Rail Chester to Manchester Line
Liverpool to Manchester Lines
Manchester to Preston Line
North TransPennine
Stafford to Manchester Line
TransPennine North West
1,249,725 5,211,830 1849[10] 5 Manchester
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) Network Rail Buxton Line
Chester to Manchester Line
Crewe to Manchester Line
CrossCountry
Glossop Line
Hope Valley Line
Liverpool to Manchester Lines
Manchester to Preston Line
Mid-Cheshire Line
North TransPennine
Stafford to Manchester Line
Styal Line
TransPennine North West
Welsh Marches Line
West Coast Main Line
20,385,279 22,025,850 1842[10] 14[a] Manchester
Manchester United (MUF) Northern Rail Liverpool to Manchester Lines 49,625 No data 1935[10] 1 Trafford
Manchester Victoria (MCV) Northern Rail Caldervale Line
Huddersfield Line
Manchester to Liverpool Line
Manchester to Preston Line
Manchester to Southport Line
Oldham Loop Line
Ribble Valley Line
4,005,915 5,839,988 1844[10] 6[a] Manchester
Marple (MPL) Northern Rail Hope Valley Line 335,071 427,286 1862[10] 2 Stockport
Mauldeth Road (MAU) Northern Rail South TransPennine
Styal Line
169,162 221,512 1909[10] 2 Manchester
Middlewood (MDL) Northern Rail Buxton Line 17,134 21,778 1879[11] 2 Stockport
Mills Hill (MIH) Northern Rail Caldervale Line
Oldham Loop Line
198,357 228,934 1985[12][c] 2 Rochdale
Moorside (MSD) Northern Rail Manchester to Southport Line 22,373 31,910 1888[11] 2 Salford
Moses Gate (MSS) Northern Rail Manchester to Preston Line 13,815 18,274 1838[11] 2 Bolton
Mossley (MSL) Northern Rail Huddersfield Line 191,486 266,736 1849[11] 2 Tameside
Moston (MSO) Northern Rail Caldervale Line
Oldham Loop Line
57,546 76,762 1872[10] 2 Manchester
Navigation Road (NVR) Northern Rail Mid-Cheshire Line 62,720 68,704 1931[10] 1[d] Trafford
Newton for Hyde (NWN) Northern Rail Glossop Line 119,786 165,272 1841[10] 2 Tameside
Orrell (ORR) Northern Rail Kirkby Branch Line 74,161 86,606 1848[11] 2 Wigan
Patricroft (PAT) Northern Rail Liverpool to Manchester Lines 22,516 30,196 1830[11] 2 Salford
Pemberton (PEM) Northern Rail Kirkby Branch Line 38,116 45,326 1848[11] 2 Wigan
Reddish North (RDN) Northern Rail Hope Valley Line 98,456 110,478 1875[10] 2 Stockport
Reddish South (RDS) Northern Rail Stockport to Stalybridge Line 47 274 1859[11] 1 Stockport
Rochdale (RCD) Northern Rail Caldervale Line
Oldham Loop Line
689,574 974,514 1839[10] 3 Rochdale
Romiley (RML) Northern Rail Hope Valley Line 209,893 248,770 1862[10] 2 Stockport
Rose Hill Marple (RSH) Northern Rail Hope Valley Line 75,548 90,478 1869[10] 1 Stockport
Ryder Brow (RRB) Northern Rail Hope Valley Line 17,439 21,644 1985[12] 2 Manchester
Salford Central (SFD) Northern Rail Manchester to Preston Line
Manchester to Southport Line
Ribble Valley Line
124,720 222,074 1838[10] 2 Salford
Salford Crescent (SLD) Northern Rail Manchester to Preston Line
Manchester to Southport Line
Ribble Valley Line
TransPennine North West
732,255 1,107,732 1987[12] 2 Salford
Smithy Bridge (SMB) Northern Rail Caldervale Line 102,499 125,566 1985[12] 2 Rochdale
Stalybridge (SYB) TransPennine Express Huddersfield Line
North TransPennine
Stockport to Stalybridge Line
766,010 898,306 1845[10] 3 Tameside
Stockport (SPT) Virgin Trains Buxton Line
Crewe to Manchester Line
CrossCountry
Hope Valley Line
Mid-Cheshire Line
South TransPennine
Stafford to Manchester Line
Stockport to Stalybridge Line
West Coast Main Line
2,439,503 3,088,032 1843[10] 6 Stockport
Swinton (SNN) Northern Rail Manchester to Southport Line 71,171 95,066 1887[11] 2 Salford
Trafford Park (TRA) Northern Rail Liverpool to Manchester Lines 34,630 43,976 1904[11] 2 Trafford
Urmston (URM) Northern Rail Liverpool to Manchester Lines 201,663 238,870 1873[11] 2 Trafford
Walkden (WKD) Northern Rail Manchester to Southport Line 162,130 228,556 1888[10] 2 Salford
Westhoughton (WHG) Northern Rail Manchester to Southport Line 138,863 161,354 1848[11] 2 Bolton
Wigan North Western (WGN) Virgin Trains Blackpool to Liverpool Line
Liverpool to Wigan Line
West Coast Main Line
962,171 1,117,858 1838[10] 6 Wigan
Wigan Wallgate (WGW) Northern Rail Kirkby Branch Line
Manchester to Southport Line
954,855 1,324,952 1896[10] 3 Wigan
Woodley (WLY) Northern Rail Hope Valley Line 32,827 34,402 1862[11] 2 Stockport
Woodsmoor (WSR) Northern Rail Buxton Line
Hope Valley Line
113,923 142,984 1990[12] 2 Stockport

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

a The total of 98 given at www.gmpte.com excludes Reddish South and Denton, which have one service per week, but includes Dean Lane, Failsworth, Hollinwood, Oldham Werneth, Oldham Mumps, Derker, Shaw and Crompton, New Hey and Milnrow, which closed on 3 October 2009.
b Two other platforms are used by Manchester Metrolink services.[16][17]
c Originally opened in 1839 and closed in 1842. Reopened 25 March 1985 on the same site.[12]
d One other platform is used by Metrolink services.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GMPTE (Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive) (N.D.). "GMPTE - Trains". gmpte.com. Retrieved 2007-09-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Roughley, Malcolm (1986). Railways in Greater Manchester (1974-1986); Volume One. M.R. Roughley. ISBN 0-9511246-0-9. 
  3. ^ "Network Map" (PDF). Northern Rail Network Map. FWT (part of the Cook Hammond & Kell Group). 2007-03-22. Retrieved 2008-09-13. 
  4. ^ Sanderson, Kathy (1989). "Manchester–Glossop–Hadfield". In Andrew Macfarlane. Peaks and Plains by Rail. Railway Development Society. Norwich: Jarrold Colour Publications. p. 42. ISBN 0-7117-0429-5. 
  5. ^ Clarke, John (1976). Railways: It Happened Round Greater Manchester. Greater Manchester Council. 
  6. ^ "History of the Museum". Museum of Science and Industry. Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  7. ^ "Oldham Loop rail line closure" (PDF). GMPTE information poster. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive. September 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  8. ^ "Revamped station tops train poll". BBC. bbc.co.uk. 2007-08-02. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  9. ^ a b "Station usage". Office of Rail Regulation. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai Brackenbury, Allan (2005). Railway passenger stations in Greater Manchester: a chronology. Cheadle: Railway and Canal Historical Society North West Group. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Alan Bevan, ed. (1998). A—Z of Rail Reopenings. Railway Development Society. Warwick: Warwick Printing Company. ISBN 0-901283-13-4. 
  13. ^ Reid, T. D. W.; Lee, Irene (1979). Cheadle in 1851. Stockport Libraries. p. 40. ISBN 0-905164-00-8. 
  14. ^ a b Sanderson, Kathy (1989). "Manchester–Glossop–Hadfield". In Andrew Macfarlane. Peaks and Plains by Rail. Railway Development Society. Norwich: Jarrold Colour Publications. p. 34. ISBN 0-7117-0429-5. 
  15. ^ Macfarlane, Andrew (1989). "Manchester–Warrington–Liverpool". In Andrew Macfarlane. Peaks and Plains by Rail. Railway Development Society. Norwich: Jarrold Colour Publications. p. 43. ISBN 0-7117-0429-5. 
  16. ^ "Station Facilities for Altrincham". National Rail Enquiries website. ATOC (Association of Train Operating Companies) Ltd. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  17. ^ "Metrolink in the City Centre". Light Rail Transit Association website. Tony Williams, Manchester Area Officer, Light Rail Transit Association. 2008-08-14. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  18. ^ "Station Facilities for Navigation Road". National Rail Enquiries website. ATOC Ltd. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10.