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It is the fifth busiest major station in the United Kingdom outside London for footfall.
Footfall?? It's not exactly a common term, so it should be explained (or avoided). --Jotel 08:04, 13 October 2007 (UTC)
Additionally, the stats in the given reference for footfall/visitor numbers are as follows:
Name of station
Visitor numbers (per annum)
Birmingham New Street
Liverpool Lime Street
By my count, that puts Manchester as the fourth busiest major station in the United Kingdom outside London for footfall...? Casper Gutman (talk • contributions) 10:00, 9 December 2007 (UTC)
I've noticed a lack of northbound termini platforms at Piccadilly. Also a lack of platforms like 13 and 14, just the two, this appears to prevent services running through Manchester up to Preston and Scotland, despite there being 2 routes up north just out of Manchester, yet the downside to this is that the services sometimes have to terminate at Manchester Oxford Road. Can someone explain the lack of these platforms? Tez011 (talk) 16:34, 10 September 2011 (UTC)
It was never intended primarily to be a through station. Platforms 13 and 14 used to have only very local services through to Oxford Road and, after the Altrincham line was re-electrified at 25kV AC in the ?1970s, to Altrincham (stopping trains coming from Crewe). Services from Manchester to the north were all from Victoria Station; connecting them to Piccadilly is a quite recent idea. Likewise the trans-Pennine services (Liverpool-Hull etc.) which now come through platforms 13 and 14 at Piccadilly went through Victoria (or, at one time, Exchange) and had nothing to do with Piccadilly. There are now plans to quadruple at vast expense the lines through to Oxford Road which will involve creating two new platforms to duplicate 13 and 14. I believe this is part of the Manchester Hub scheme. -- Alarics (talk) 16:55, 10 September 2011 (UTC)
Ah, exactly as I thought. Can I get a date if it's been confirmed? 220.127.116.11 (talk) 18:25, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
The table shows the Mid-Cheshire line trains stopping at Levenshulme; that's not correct, they run non-stop to Stockport. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Altfish (talk • contribs) 14:54, 9 January 2013 (UTC)
Westbound services do indeed run non-stop, but slightly over half of the eastbound services (those departing Chester between 08:07 and 17:07 inclusive - 10 trains out of 19) call both Levenshulme and Heaton Chapel. See National Rail Tables 84 and 88. --Redrose64 (talk) 16:40, 9 January 2013 (UTC)