Ardwick railway station

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Ardwick National Rail
Ardwick Station, Manchester MH1.jpg
Place Ardwick
Local authority Manchester
Coordinates 53°28′16″N 2°12′47″W / 53.47111°N 2.21306°W / 53.47111; -2.21306Coordinates: 53°28′16″N 2°12′47″W / 53.47111°N 2.21306°W / 53.47111; -2.21306
Grid reference SJ858972
Station code ADK
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Increase 616
2013/14 Decrease 568
2014/15 Decrease 542
2015/16 Increase 896
2016/17 Decrease 860
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 (1842-11) Station opened
National RailUK 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.
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Ardwick railway station in Manchester, England is about one mile (1.5 km) south-east of Manchester Piccadilly. It is situated in an industrial area of east Manchester. Plans to close the station permanently were scrapped 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.

When sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by Regional Railways under arrangement with the Greater Manchester PTE until the privatisation of British Rail.

Ardwick rail depot, opened 2006 for the Class 185 DMU fleet is a short distance to the east.

From 1878 to 1902 there was also an Ardwick stop shown on Crewe–Manchester line timetables for collection of Manchester tickets on down trains.[1]


Station entrance

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.


The station is located on the Hope Valley Line with a very limited service to Hadfield, and Marple, and from Rose Hill Marple, calling at Ardwick.[2] All these services are operated by Northern.


  1. ^ "The Manchester to Crewe line 1". Railway Magazine. September 1960. p. 608. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  2. ^ GB eNRT December 2016 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 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687. 

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