Marple railway station
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|Number of platforms||2|
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|Key dates||Opened 1862|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Marple from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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The line was built in conjunction with the Midland Railway's extension of its line to Millers Dale, thus it was also used by the latter's trains from London to Manchester Store Street (later called London Road, now Piccadilly). Until the Midland moved to Manchester Central, in 1880, as a member of the Cheshire Lines Committee, Marple was where carriages for Liverpool would be attached or detached.
At the time it had extensive station buildings - the Midland waiting room having upholstered seats and a coal fire in an attractive fireplace for cold winter days. It was rebuilt in 1970, with the MS&L facilities being demolished, and new brick buildings replacing the Midland's offices.
From Marple to Romiley, the line passes through Marple Tunnel to the junction with the short branch to Rose Hill Marple then over the 308-yard (282 m) long stone viaduct that crosses the River Goyt and the Peak Forest Canal. The River Goyt is a tributary of the River Mersey. Alongside the viaduct is the Marple Aqueduct, which carries the Peak Forest Canal, over the River Goyt.
It has been said that Agatha Christie used the name of the station for her character "Miss Marple" as she frequently passed through the station when visiting her family at Abney Hall.
The station is well served by trains to and from Manchester Piccadilly on weekdays, with two services per hour during the daytime (reducing to hourly in the evening). There were formerly three per hour prior to the December 2010 timetable change, but one was then diverted to neighbouring Rose Hill to give both stations the same level of service. One serves all local stations as far as Ashburys, whilst the other runs non-stop beyond Reddish North. These run via Bredbury - passenger wishing to travel over the original route via Hyde have to change trains at Romiley. There are two services per hour eastwards to New Mills on weekdays (hourly in the evenings) and a two-hourly extension along the Hope Valley to Sheffield.
On Saturdays, one service per hour starts & terminates here (with the latter running via Hyde Central), whilst the other continues through to Sheffield.
Sundays see a two-hourly service in the morning & evening in each direction, increasing to hourly in the afternoons.
Tickets to and from Rose Hill are valid on board all Manchester Piccadilly bound trains from Marple Station.
As part of Manchester's Transport Innovation Fund (TIF) bid, which would see a weekday peak time congestion charge introduced on roads into the city centre in order for a £3bn injection into the region's public transport, Marple would have seen an increase to four services per hour in both directions throughout the day to Manchester Piccadilly.
The line would have effectively been run as a metro-style operation, offering users of Marple and other stations along the route the ease of showing up without needing to know exact departure times. However, no "station improvements" are planned, despite the comparatively high usage of this suburban station.
The rejection of the TIF plans in a public referendum in December 2008 has left the future of the scheme in serious doubt (GMPTE having decided to no longer pursue the proposals following the 'No' vote) and as such further service improvements are unlikely in the short term.
- Northern Rail TImetable 22 - Manchester to New Mills Central and Rose Hill www.northernrail.org; Retrieved 2013-08-19
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