Stafford to Manchester Line

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Stafford-Manchester Line
Overview
System National Rail
Locale Cheshire
Greater Manchester
Staffordshire
Stoke-on-Trent
West Midlands (region)
North West England
Operation
Opening 1848
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) East Midland Trains
London Midland
Northern Rail
Virgin Trains
Technical
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge


Stafford to Manchester Line
Manchester Piccadilly Manchester Metrolink
Huddersfield Line
Ardwick
Glossop Line
Longsight
A6 road
Rushford
Styal Line
Levenshulme
Fallowfield Loop Line
Heaton Chapel
Stockport to Stalybridge Line
Heaton Norris
Stockport, Timperley & Altrincham Jn Rly
via Stockport Tiviot Dale
Stockport
to Chester | to Whaley Bridge
Disley cutoff via Cheadle Heath
Cheadle Hulme
Crewe to Manchester Line
Bramhall
Poynton
Poynton (Midway)
Adlington
Prestbury Tunnel
273 yd 
250 m 
Prestbury
Hibel Road Tunnel
343 yd 
314 m 
Macclesfield Beech Bridge
Macclesfield Hibel Road
Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway
Macclesfield
North Rode
Churnet Valley Line
Congleton Upper Junction
Biddulph Valley Line
Congleton
Mow Cop and Scholar Green
Crewe to Derby Line
Potteries Loop Line
Kidsgrove
Harecastle North Tunnel
130 yd 
119 m 
Harecastle South Tunnel
1766 yd 
1615 m 
Chatterley
Potteries Loop Line
Pinnox branch
Longport
Potteries Loop Line
Etruria
Stoke to Market Drayton Line
Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke–Leek line to Leek
Crewe to Derby Line to Derby
Whieldon Road Halt
Mount Pleasant Halt
Sideway Halt
A50 road
Trentham Park Branch Line
Trentham
Wedgwood
Barlaston
Stone to Colwich Line
Stone
M6 motorway
West Coast Main Line
via Crewe
Norton Bridge
Bridgeford
Great Bridgeford
to Newport (Salop) | to Uttoxeter
Stafford
West Coast Main Line
via Trent Valley Line
West Coast Main Line
via Rugby-Birmingham-Stafford Line

The Stafford to Manchester Line is a branch of the West Coast Main Line (Network Rail Route 18) serving Stafford, Norton Bridge, Stone, Stoke-on-Trent, Kidsgrove, Congleton, Macclesfield, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport and Manchester.

Train services[edit]

Virgin Trains[edit]

Virgin Trains operate inter-city services between London Euston via the Colwich spur to Manchester Piccadilly. With only two services between London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly going via Stone.

CrossCountry[edit]

CrossCountry services operate from Birmingham New Street (Route 17) via Stafford also to Stoke-on-Trent and principal stations to Manchester Piccadilly. Between Cheadle Hulme (where it joins the Crewe to Manchester Line) and Manchester, the line forms part of Network Rail Route 20.

London Midland[edit]

Local services between Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent (calling at Stone) are operated by London Midland, as part of the London-Crewe service started in December 2008. Between 2004 and 2008 there was no stopping service on the route, with a replacement bus service taking its place.

Northern Rail[edit]

Frequent local services between Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester are operated by Northern Rail.

East Midland Trains[edit]

The Derby to Crewe Line operated by East Midland Trains shares the Stafford to Manchester Line between Stoke-on-Trent and Kidsgrove.

History[edit]

The line was completed in 1848 and incorporated the main line of the North Staffordshire Railway from the junction with the London and North Western Railway at Norton Bridge via its principal station at Stoke-on-Trent to Macclesfield where it made a running junction again with the LNWR, which had its own station at Macclesfield (Hibel Road), which was closed by British Rail. The North Staffordshire Railway became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923.

Electrification[edit]

The line was electrified at 25 kV AC, using overhead wires under the BR 1955 Modernisation Plan.

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