Northwich railway station

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Northwich
Northwich railway station
Location
Place Northwich
Local authority Cheshire West and Chester
Grid reference SJ669739
Operations
Station code NWI
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2006/07 Increase140,882
2007/08 Increase154,907
2008/09 Increase158,144
2009/10 Increase153,606
2010/11 Increase172,704
2011/12 Increase0.190 million
2012/13 Increase0.204 million
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* 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.
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Northwich railway station serves the town of Northwich in Cheshire, England. The station has two platforms and is located on the Mid-Cheshire Line.

Services[edit]

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.

There is also a freight line which runs behind platform 2, which runs to Sandbach via Middlewich.

Proposed future developments[edit]

The Northern Hub proposes an additional hourly service to run between Greenbank and Stockport.[1]

Re-opening the line between Northwich and Sandbach has been proposed. This will allow direct trains to Crewe from Knutsford, giving a better connection to the Midlands and the South of England.[2]

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.[3]

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.[2] 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.[4]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Greenbank   Northern Rail
Mid-Cheshire Line
  Lostock Gralam

Coordinates: 53°15′40″N 2°29′49″W / 53.261°N 2.497°W / 53.261; -2.497