East Didsbury railway station

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East Didsbury National Rail
East Didsbury Railway Station (July 2015).jpg
View across to the southern platform in 2015
Place East Didsbury
Local authority Manchester
Grid reference SJ853903
Station code EDY
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Decrease 0.339 million
2013/14 Decrease 0.310 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.254 million
2015/16 Increase 0.268 million
2016/17 Increase 0.280 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Transport for Greater Manchester
1909 Opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at East Didsbury from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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East Didsbury is a suburban railway station in south Manchester, England.

On the Styal Line between Longsight (Slade Lane Junction) and Wilmslow, it is served by Manchester-Crewe trains operated by Northern, and by some peak Manchester Airport services operated by TransPennine Express.

East Didsbury tram stop is close to the railway station.


East Didsbury Station was opened in 1909 by the London and North Western Railway and, until 6 May 1974, was called East Didsbury and Parrs Wood.[1][2] From 1923 the line was operated by the London Midland and Scottish Railway. Following the formation in 1948 of British Rail, rail services were operated by the London Midland Region of British Railways, then North-Western Regional Railways. The station was rebuilt in the 1960s by the architect to the London Midland section of British Rail, William Robert Headley.

Upon privatisation of rail services in 1996/7, East Didsbury was served by the North Western Trains franchise. Services to Manchester Airport began in 1993 upon the opening of the Manchester Airport spur.

Other Didsbury stations[edit]

Before the Beeching Axe of the 1960s, the Didsbury area was served by three railway stations: East Didsbury, Didsbury, and Withington and West Didsbury.

Didsbury opened in 1880 in the centre of Didsbury Village on the Midland Railway line which connected with the Cheshire Lines Committee line into Manchester Central. This connected to the Sheffield and Midland Railway Companies' Committee line from Chinley, and the Midland Railway used it for its express services from London St. Pancras. It closed in 1967 and, though the building was used for a while by a hardware dealer, it has now disappeared, apart from the platforms, a clock tower and a drinking fountain dedicated to the memory of a local philanthropist, Dr. D.J. Wilson (1847–1900).[3]

There was also Withington and West Didsbury, the next station on the line, the two being so similar in appearance that passengers sometimes alighted at the wrong one. Originally it was called "Withington", then from 1884 "Withington and Albert Park", receiving its final name in 1915. All that remains is a boundary wall; a block of flats (Brankgate Court) has been built on the site.


There is a basic half-hourly service in each direction, northbound to Piccadilly and southbound to the Airport; these call at all intermediate stations.[4] Alternate southbound trains run through to Crewe via Wilmslow and Alderley Edge. Some weekday peak period through trains to other destinations (Liverpool Lime Street and Blackpool North) also stop here.

On Sundays, there is an hourly service each way with two-hourly extensions southbound to Alderley Edge.

There is now an hourly off peak service to and from Llandudno provided by Transport for Wales, this service starts at Manchester Airport.


  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens.
  2. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (July 1974). "Notes and News: Stations renamed by LMR". Railway Magazine. London: IPC Transport Press. 120 (879): 363. ISSN 0033-8923.
  3. ^ Radford, J.B. (1988). Midland through the Peak: A pictorial history of the Midland Railway main line routes between Derby and Manchester. Paddock Wood: Unicorn Books. ISBN 978-1-85241-001-8
  4. ^ Northern Rail Timetable 21 – Manchester to Manchester Airport www.northernrail.org; Retrieved 2013-08-20

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External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Manchester Airport or Gatley   TransPennine Express
South TransPennine
Gatley   Northern
Styal Line
Manchester Airport   Transport for Wales
Chester-Manchester Line
  Manchester Piccadilly

Coordinates: 53°24′33″N 2°13′18.50″W / 53.40917°N 2.2218056°W / 53.40917; -2.2218056