Acton Bridge railway station

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Acton Bridge National Rail
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Location
Place Acton Bridge
Local authority Borough of Cheshire West and Chester
Coordinates 53°15′59″N 2°36′10″W / 53.2664°N 2.6029°W / 53.2664; -2.6029Coordinates: 53°15′59″N 2°36′10″W / 53.2664°N 2.6029°W / 53.2664; -2.6029
Grid reference SJ598745
Operations
Station code ACB
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 3
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 20,044
2012/13 Decrease 15,732
2013/14 Increase 16,612
2014/15 Increase 17,486
2015/16 Increase 20,236
History
4 July 1837 Station opens as Acton
1 July 1870 Station renamed Acton Bridge
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Acton Bridge from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Acton Bridge railway station is near the village of Acton Bridge, Cheshire, in the northwest of England.

History[edit]

The station opened as Acton by the Grand Junction Railway in 1837[1]:58 but was renamed Acton Bridge in 1870. After merging into the London and North Western Railway, the company became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The line then passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. In addition to its main line calls, the station also served as the terminus of a local service from Crewe via Sandbach & Northwich until 1942. This used a connecting curve that diverged from the main line just north of Hartford to join the Cheshire Lines Committee line from Altrincham to Chester Northgate near Greenbank (this remains in use, but for freight traffic only).

When sectorisation was introduced, the station was served by Regional Railways until the privatisation of British Railways. Trains of the Intercity Sector passed on the West Coast Main Line.

When British Rail was privatised Acton Bridge was served by Central Trains until 2007 and then served by London Midland.

Services[edit]

Acton Bridge is served by London Midland trains running between Birmingham New Street and Liverpool Lime Street, although the service is infrequent. Currently there are around 10 trains a day in each direction, The service frequency can vary from every 30 minutes to every 4 hours depending on the time of day. Extra services call here at peak times, but at all other times there are large gaps in between trains. The majority of trains pass through the station without stopping.[2]

Acton Bridge still does not have any trains on a Sunday which call, but trains still pass through non-stop on the West Coast Main Line towards both Liverpool and Preston. A near normal service operates on most bank holidays however.

Services to London and Scotland do not stop at Acton Bridge but passengers for London can change at Crewe or Runcorn and passengers for Scotland can also change at Crewe.

The station is un-staffed; its gardens are maintained by volunteers from Acton Bridge Women's Institute, and won a Commendation in the 2003 JPD 'Best Kept Station' competition. In March 2015, a PERTIS self-service passenger-operated ticket machine remains in service here, and is located in the booking hall.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Hartford   London Midland
West Coast Main Line
  Runcorn
Historical railways
Hartford   London and North Western Railway
Grand Junction Railway
  Preston Brook

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Drake, James (1838). Drake’s Road Book of the Grand Junction Railway (1838). Moorland Reprints. ISBN 0903485257. 
  2. ^ http://www.londonmidland.com/download/64291.5/liverpool-crewe-stafford-wolverhampton-birmingham/

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