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-Manchester Line
Manchester Piccadilly Manchester Metrolink
Longsight
A6 road
Levenshulme
Heaton Chapel
Heaton Norris
Stockport
Cheadle Hulme (1842-1845)
Cheadle Hulme
Crewe to Manchester Line
Bramhall
Poynton
Adlington (Cheshire)
Prestbury Tunnel (273yds)
Prestbury
Hibel Road Tunnel (343yds)
Macclesfield Beech Bridge
Macclesfield Hibel Road
Macclesfield
North Rode
Churnet Valley Line
Congleton
Mow Cop and Scholar Green
Crewe-Derby Line and Potteries Loop Line
Kidsgrove
Harecastle North Tunnel (130yds)
Harecastle South Tunnel (1mile 6yds)
Chatterley
Longport
Potteries Loop Line
Etruria
to Newcastle-under-Lyme
Stoke-on-Trent
to Cauldon Low, Leek and Oakamoor
Crewe-Derby Line to Derby
Whieldon Road
Mount Pleasant Halt
Sideway Halt
A50 road
Trentham
Wedgwood
Barlaston
Stone to Colwich Line
Stone
M6 motorway
Norton Bridge
Great Bridgeford
to Newport / to Uttoxeter
Stafford
WCML via TV
WCML via RBS

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 Stoke-on-Trent, Macclesfield, Stockport and Manchester Piccadilly.

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.

References[edit]