Belle Vue railway station

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Belle Vue National Rail
Belle Vue railway station 1.jpg
Location
Place Gorton
Local authority Manchester
Grid reference SJ881961
Operations
Station code BLV
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*
2004/05   8,460
2005/06 Increase 10,138
2006/07 Decrease 8,467
2007/08 Increase 9,470
2008/09 Increase 11,744
2009/10 Increase 12,256
2010/11 Increase 14,722
2011/12 Increase 19,970
2012/13 Decrease 18,350
2013/14 Decrease 10,122
2014/15 Decrease 9,480
History
Key dates Opened 1875 (1875)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Belle Vue from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Belle Vue railway station serves the area Belle Vue in Gorton which is in the city of Manchester, England.

History[edit]

Belle Vue Station in 1962
1911 map showing the location of Belle Vue station (lower centre)

The station was built by the Sheffield and Midland Railway Companies' Committee and opened on 1 September 1875.[1] It was located on the line between New Mills and Manchester London Road (now Piccadilly).

A joint venture of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway and the Midland Railway, it was a shorter route than the already existing one through Hyde Junction, and was used by the latter's main line expresses from London until 1880, when they began running via Stockport Tiviot Dale into Manchester Central

It was popular with visitors to Belle Vue Zoological Gardens, set up by John Jennison in 1836. After their closure in the early 1980s, usage of the station plummeted. All that remains of the original station is that part of the footbridge which crosses the lines.

Facilities[edit]

The station had four platforms. The main building with booking office and parcels office was located on the west side of the railway and the platforms were linked by a raised footbridge.

Services[edit]

The station has a two-hourly weekday service in each direction, northbound to Manchester Piccadilly and southbound to New Mills Central, with extra trains at peak times. Saturdays and some peak services see services run to Rose Hill Marple on the same frequency.[2]

There is no Sunday service.

References and bibliography[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, 1995, p. 32
  2. ^ Northern Rail Timetable 22 - Manchester to Rose Hill/New Mills Central www.northernrail.org; Retrieved 2013-08-08
  • Butt, R.V.J., The Directory of Railway Stations, 1995, Patrick Stephens Ltd, ISBN 1-85260-508-1

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 53°27′43″N 2°10′49″W / 53.46194°N 2.18028°W / 53.46194; -2.18028