Stalybridge railway station
|Managed by||First TransPennine Express|
|Number of platforms||5|
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|Key dates||Opened 1845|
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Stalybridge railway station serves Stalybridge, Greater Manchester. It lies on the Huddersfield Line, 7½ miles (12 km) east of Manchester Piccadilly and 8¼ miles (13 km) east of Manchester Victoria. The station is managed by First TransPennine Express.
Stalybridge station was built by the Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway and opened on 23 December 1845. There was a Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway station adjacent but this closed in 1917. The main function of the station was as a junction for the Stockport-Stalybridge Line, which allowed passengers from London and the South to transfer to the Huddersfield Line. This role has been lost since it is now possible for passengers to change at Manchester Piccadilly station. The Micklehurst Loop also diverged from the original 1849 Huddersfield & Manchester main line here - it was closed in 1966, but the disused tunnel it used to pass below the town's northern suburbs can be seen alongside the original one that is still used today by trains heading to and from Yorkshire.
The station has an entrance block with a ticket office. Ramps and a passenger subway lead up to the platforms. The station is one of very few to retain its original buffet, the 1998 refurbishment, of which won awards from CAMRA and English Heritage. At the 2008 Tameside food and drink festival it was voted best bar.
Following further refurbishment in 2012 Lord Pendry of Stalybridge, who often uses the buffet bar and contributed over half of the £6,000 costs, unveiled a plaque to mark the works.
A £1.5m overhaul of the station which began in 2007, when the platforms were raised and the toilets, information services and shelters on the westbound platform were improved. In December 2008 the new entrance was completed.
Further work to expand the station was completed in 2012 - this saw major alterations to the track layout (including the opening of two new platforms) and signalling, with control of the latter passing to the Manchester East signalling centre at Stockport. The project cost £20 million as the station closed on Sundays throughout the summer of 2012 followed by a nine day line blockade at the end of October but gives improved operational flexibility and reliability, allowed the line speed through the station and junction to be increased to 50 mph and leave it ready for the proposed electrification of the Leeds - Manchester trans-Pennine route in 2016. The two new platforms were opened on 5 November 2012; the former platform 1 was renumbered 4, and a new bay on the northern side is Platform 5.
First TransPennine Express: There is generally a half-hourly service daily westbound to Manchester Piccadilly, with one per hour onwards to Liverpool Lime Street and eastbound twice-hourly towards Leeds and beyond (to either Scarborough or Hull) with extra trains to and from Manchester Piccadilly during peak hours.
Northern Rail: Monday to Saturday daytimes there is a two trains per hour service from Stalybridge to Manchester Victoria, one of which continues to Wigan Wallgate westbound and an hourly local service to Huddersfield eastbound. Evenings and Sundays there is an hourly service in each direction.
There are services to Newcastle and Middlesbrough each day.
The parliamentary service from Stockport
One train a week still travels along the whole Stockport-Stalybridge Line, in one direction only, with no return service. This is the minimum level of service necessary to avoid taking legal action to close the line to passengers (it is deemed cheaper to run this 'parliamentary' service than to close the line); the train is the only one to call at Denton and Reddish South. The train runs on Friday as the 09:22 Stockport to Stalybridge.
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- "£1.5m refit is on track". Tameside Advertiser. 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
- Refurbishment of Stalybridge Station begins Rail.co news article; Retrieved 2012-08-30
- Haddon, Mike (February 2013). Pigott, Nick, ed. "New look at Stalybridge". The Railway Magazine (Horncastle: Mortons Media Group) 159 (1342): 78. ISSN 0033-8923.
- Major Engineering Work at Stalybridge Station Accessed 2014-06-03
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|Terminus||London and North Western Railway||
Line and station closed
Line and station closed
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