Deansgate railway station

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Deansgate National Rail Manchester Metrolink
Knott Mill Station - - 1447337.jpg
Place Manchester city centre
Local authority City of Manchester
Coordinates 53°28′27″N 2°15′03″W / 53.4742°N 2.2508°W / 53.4742; -2.2508Coordinates: 53°28′27″N 2°15′03″W / 53.4742°N 2.2508°W / 53.4742; -2.2508
Grid reference SJ834975
Station code DGT
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2010/11 Increase 322,708
2011/12 Increase 347,040
2012/13 Increase 350,568
2013/14 Increase 370,515
2014/15 Increase 372,616
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Greater Manchester
Original company Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Pre-grouping Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Post-grouping Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
20 July 1849 (1849-07-20) Opened as Knot Mill and Deansgate
? Renamed Knott Mill and Deansgate
3 May 1971 Renamed Deansgate
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Deansgate from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Deansgate is a railway station in Manchester city centre, England, approximately 1,100 yards (1 km) west of Manchester Piccadilly in the Castlefield area, at the junction of Deansgate and Whitworth Street West. It is part of the Manchester station group.

It is linked to Deansgate-Castlefield tram stop and the Manchester Central Complex by a footbridge built in 1985; Deansgate Locks, The Great Northern Warehouse and the Museum of Science and Industry are also nearby.

The platforms are elevated, reached by lift or stairs, or by the walkway from the Manchester Central Complex. The ticket office, staffed full-time, is between street and platform levels. There are no ticket barriers, although manual ticket checks take place on a daily basis.

It is on the Manchester to Preston and the Liverpool to Manchester lines, both heavily used by commuters. Most tickets purchased by passengers to Deansgate are issued to Manchester Stations or Manchester Central Zone, therefore actual usage is not reflected in these statistics, due to the difficulty in splitting the ticket sales correctly between the four grouped stations (Piccadilly, Victoria, Oxford Road and Deansgate).


The station was opened as Knot Mill and Deansgate on 20 July 1849 by the Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway[1] (MSJAR) with wooden buildings near the site of the annual Knott Mill Fair, a decades-old event, which hosted acts such as Pablo Fanque's Circus Royal and George Wombwell's Menagerie.[2][3] In 1884, Manchester Corporation approached the MSJAR about the station as it was an "eyesore and nuisance". Improvement plans were drawn up but it was not until 1891 that an Act was obtained to reconstruct the station and acquire the necessary land. The rebuilding was completed in 1896 and this date appears on a shield motif over the entrance. The station became Knott Mill and Deansgate[1] around 1900 and Deansgate on 3 May 1971.[4] Today it is sometimes known as Manchester Deansgate, and on many station information boards it is Deansgate G-Mex.


Platform 2 in 2011.
Station concourse
Entrance from Whitworth St. West

There are regular trains eastbound to Manchester Oxford Road, Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport. A number of through trains continue to/from Buxton and a number of trains which start or end here operate through to/from Stoke-on-Trent or Macclesfield.

First TransPennine Express used to run the service from Manchester Airport to Blackpool North but this was passed on to the new Northern franchise on the 1st April 2016.

Westbound there are regular trains to Liverpool Lime Street, Southport and Blackpool North.



  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 137. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Gretchen Holrook Gerzina, Editor, "Black Victorians-Black Victoriana" (Rutgers University Press: New Brunswick, NJ, 2003)
  3. ^ The Manchester Guardian (11 April 1850). "Knott Mill Fair, Manchester, 1850". The Fairground Heritage Trust. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  4. ^ Butt 1995, pp. 137, 77

Further reading[edit]

  • "Deansgate station refurbished". RAIL. No. 110 (EMAP National Publications). 30 November – 13 December 1989. p. 9. ISSN 0953-4563. OCLC 49953699. 

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Salford Crescent   TransPennine Express
TransPennine North West
  Manchester Oxford Road
Trafford Park
Urmston on Sundays
Liverpool to Manchester Line
  Manchester Oxford Road
Salford Crescent   Northern
Manchester to Preston Line
  Manchester Oxford Road
Salford Crescent   Northern
Buxton Line
  Manchester Oxford Road
Salford Crescent   Northern
Mid-Cheshire Line or
Manchester-Southport Line
  Manchester Oxford Road
Terminus   Northern
Stafford-Manchester Line
  Manchester Oxford Road
  Future services  
Salford Central   Northern
Ordsall Chord
  Manchester Oxford Road
Disused railways
Line and station closed
  Manchester, South Junction
and Altrincham Railway
  Manchester Oxford Road
Line and station open
Old Trafford
1849–56, 1865–1991
Line closed, station open