Macclesfield railway station
Macclesfield Station, February 2014
|Local authority||Borough of Cheshire East|
|Managed by||Virgin Trains|
|Number of platforms||3|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 1 July 1873|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Macclesfield from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Facilities at the station include ticket sales, a kiosk, a waiting room and public toilets. Before the bus station was relocated and rebuilt in 2004, the railway and bus stations were sited very close to each other.
The London and North Western Railway (LNWR) opened the line between Manchester and Macclesfield on 19 June 1849. On this date the North Staffordshire Railway (NSR) completed the Congleton to Macclesfield section of its main Macclesfield - Stoke - Norton Bridge line. A new joint station, managed by a committee of both companies, was opened at Hibel Road a month later, replacing the temporary LNWR station at Beech Bridge.
During the 1860s, the North Staffordshire Railway collaborated with the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire railway (MS&LR) to construct a joint railway between Macclesfield and Marple near Manchester. For the North Stafford this would provide a route to Manchester independently of the LNWR. For the MS&LR it would provide a link to Stoke-on-Trent and the south. The joint railway was constituted as the Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway (MB&M). It was opened throughout to a second, temporary Macclesfield station for passengers on 2 August 1869 and to goods on 1 March 1870. The MB&M then constructed its own permanent Macclesfield station called Macclesfield Central. It was just south of the LNWR station, which was renamed Macclesfield Hibel Road for clarity. The new MB&M station was connected to the rest of the joint line for goods on 3 April 1871 and opened for passengers on 1 July 1873.
On 7 November 1960, British Railways closed Macclesfield Hibel Road. Macclesfield Central was vastly remodelled and is now called simply Macclesfield station. As with other stations on the West Coast Main Line, Macclesfield station was rebuilt in the Brutalist style of architecture - the beauty of the building was perceived to be its very functionality, and its design follows the Modernist approach.
The station won the "Best Kept Station in Cheshire Award" for 2007, but was reported in summer 2011 to be "distinctly shabby", with peeling paintwork.
Accidents and incidents
- On 26 July 1971, an electric multiple unit departed from the station against signals and was derailed by trap points.
Macclesfield is served by Virgin Trains, CrossCountry and Northern Rail who all operate an hourly service northbound with some peak time extras to Manchester Piccadilly giving Macclesfield 3 northbound trains per hour. Southbound there are also 3 trains per hour; one to Stoke-on-Trent operated by Northern Rail, one to London Euston operated by Virgin Trains and one to Bournemouth operated by CrossCountry.
- Jeuda, Basil (1995). The Railways of Macclesfield. Scenes from the Past 27. Foxline Publishing. ISBN 1-870119-44-4.
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