Northwich railway station
|Northwich railway station|
|Local authority||Cheshire West and Chester|
|Managed by||Northern Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Northwich from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Monday to Saturday there is an hourly service westbound to Chester and eastbound to Manchester Piccadilly (with a couple of peak hour extras to/from Stockport). On Sundays there is now a two-hourly service to Chester and Manchester, with the latter continuing to Bolton and Southport. Through trains to Manchester had not previously operated on Sundays since the early 1990s, passenger instead having to change at Altrincham onto the Manchester Metrolink to continue their journeys to Manchester.
Proposed future developments
The Northern Hub proposes an additional hourly service to run between Greenbank and Stockport.
Proposals for a direct link to Manchester Airport from Northwich were first put forward in the 1990s, not much had seemed to materalise from this. However, in 2009 Network Rail stated that the creation of the third platform has meant that the capacity at Manchester airport will become constrained by the layover of the trains and congestion at the throat. To solve this issue they have recommended building a line underneath the Airport towards Northwich in the 2019 to 2024 period.
The running of tram-trains directly in to Manchester, in addition to the existing rail service, has been estimated as being able to cut about 10 minutes off the overall journey time to and from Manchester. Network Rail and the Department for Transport (DfT) have indicated that they are keen to carry out a trial for tram-trains in the UK, which will be between Rotherham and Sheffield. Carrying out the trial would provide the information Network Rail and the DfT require on reliability, frequency and costs.
-  Retrieval Date: 18 July 2007.
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- Train times and station information for Northwich railway station from National Rail
- Mid-Cheshire Community Rail Partnership
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