Wilmslow railway station

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Wilmslow National Rail
Place Wilmslow
Local authority Cheshire East
Coordinates 53°19′37″N 2°13′34″W / 53.327°N 2.226°W / 53.327; -2.226Coordinates: 53°19′37″N 2°13′34″W / 53.327°N 2.226°W / 53.327; -2.226
Grid reference SJ850811
Station code WML
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 4
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.570 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.533 million
2006/07 Decrease 0.499 million
2007/08 Increase 0.686 million
2008/09 Increase 0.750 million
2009/10 Increase 0.855 million
2010/11 Increase 0.990 million
2011/12 Increase 1.070 million
2012/13 Increase 1.141 million
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Wilmslow from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Wilmslow railway station serves the large town of Wilmslow, in the borough of Cheshire East and the county of Cheshire, England. The station is 12 miles (19 km) south of Manchester Piccadilly on the Crewe to Manchester Line.

This station is a junction on the Crewe to Manchester Line six miles south of Stockport with the Styal Line from Wilmslow to Manchester Airport, with some trains then continuing to Manchester.

The station has four platforms with disabled access to each, two waiting rooms, public toilets and also has a double-manned booking office located below the platforms, of which refurbishment took place in winter 2011/12; allowing improved wheelchair access to the counter, amongst other improvements. The booking office itself overlooks a small newsagent's; selling the usual items as well as freshly brewed hot drinks. A Virgin Trains 'Fast Ticket' Machine was installed below platform 1 in June 2009, even though this station is managed by Northern Rail.

Both the Main Line and the Styal Line were electrified in 1959 as the first and, to a degree, the proving stage of the West Coast Main Line electrification and modernisation programme. A significant feature of that stage was the construction and installation of a state of the art signal box and control centre located near the end of the Styal Line down platform at Wilmslow and serving virtually the entire railway from Crewe to Manchester via both routes. The complexity of that installation was not repeated for the remainder of the electrification scheme, which had its control and signalling systems renewed in ways that were less highly automated.

In March 1997 the IRA exploded two bombs in relay boxes near this signal box, thereby causing great disruption to rail and road services, but there were no casualties. The railway reopened the following day. In April 2006, as part of the total renewal of the railway from Crewe to Cheadle Hulme near Stockport, the large 1959 signal box was demolished.

Large-scale resignalling of the line through Wilmslow was completed behind schedule in the Autumn of 2006.


Monday to Saturday, there are five trains per hour northbound with Northern Rail, Arriva Trains Wales and Virgin Trains services all stopping at Wilmslow en route to Manchester Piccadilly. One Northern service operates via the Airport, the remainder all run via Stockport.

Southbound Monday to Saturdays there are four trains per hour to Crewe. These consist of two Northern Rail trains per hour to Crewe (local stopping service), an hourly Arriva Trains Wales fast service that continues via Shrewsbury to Cardiff Central and Swansea and an hourly London Euston-bound Virgin Trains express service. There is also one local Northern Rail train per hour that terminates at Alderley Edge.

On Sundays, there are hourly main line services to South Wales & London but the local routes run less frequently i.e. hourly to Piccadilly via Stockport & Alderley Edge, two hourly to the Airport & Crewe.

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