Ardwick railway station
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|PTE||Transport for Greater Manchester|
|Original company||Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Central Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway|
|November 1842||Station opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Ardwick from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Ardwick railway station in Manchester, England is about one mile (1.5 km) south of Manchester Piccadilly. Situated in an industrial area of east Manchester, it is the least-used railway station in Manchester. Plans to close the station permanently were quashed in 2006 due to increasing activity in the area. The station has just two trains in each direction calling on Monday to Friday only in the 2015-16 timetable.
It was opened by the Sheffield, Ashton-Under-Lyne and Manchester Railway in 1842 and became part of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway during mergers in 1847. That company changed its name to the Great Central Railway in 1897. The station became a junction between the London, Midland and Scottish Railway and the London and North Eastern Railway under the Grouping of 1923, and passed to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.
In its draft Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS) for the North West, Network Rail proposed the closure of Ardwick, but the closure proposals were dropped from the final report published on 1 May 2007. Proposals to close Ardwick and two other stations in Greater Manchester were shelved after residents and passenger groups persuaded Network Rail that long-term development could improve the business case for keeping the stations open.
Ardwick is unstaffed and has a single island platform on the electrified line to Glossop and Hadfield. Access is from a footbridge, so wheelchair access is impossible. It is immediately adjacent to the main Manchester branch of the West Coast Main Line, and the two routes join just north of the station. It has a peak-hour-only service of two trains in each direction (Monday - Friday only). The lines passing through the station are all intensively used by non-stop trains and this, coupled with its location in a largely non-residential area, accounts for its infrequent service.
In 2004-2005 financial year only 285 passengers used the station, or fewer than one per day, increasing to 358 in 2005-2006. As a result, it was proposed to close the station, but it was given a reprieve as a consequence of the increased commercial activity in the new East Manchester regeneration area.
- GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 78
- Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 18. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199.
- Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 0-9068-9999-0. OCLC 228266687.
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