Fairfield railway station (England)

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Fairfield National Rail
Fairfield railway station 1.jpg
Location
Place Droylsden
Local authority Tameside
Grid reference SJ904971
Operations
Station code FRF
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 23,690
2013/14 Decrease 22,498
2014/15 Increase 23,992
2015/16 Increase 24,554
2016/17 Increase 33,968
History
1841 first station opened
1892 resited
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Fairfield from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Fairfield railway station serves the Fairfield area of Droylsden, Tameside, Greater Manchester and is 3.1 miles (5 km) east of Manchester Piccadilly station. It was opened by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway in 1892, when the branch to Chorlton-cum-Hardy opened, and replaced an earlier station that had opened with the line in 1841. The original station was west of the present station. For a suburban station, Fairfield has very low passenger usage (see figures right).

Before Beeching, this station (then known as Fairfield for Droylsden) was a junction, with a pair of lines from the east breaking off and running to the south, thereby facilitating a route to Longsight, south Manchester and Manchester Central railway station. By means of a switchback to Gorton & Openshaw, this branch enabled the turning round of locomotives without need for a turntable in the area, which could have been invaluable for servicing both the Guide Bridge yards and the facilities of "Gorton Tank" and Beyer, Peacock loco factories. This line was known as the Fallowfield Loop Line and was closed to passengers in July 1958 and to all traffic in 1988.

The station currently has two platforms, but for many years had six[1], with two island platforms and two side platforms. Two were used for local services, two for express services between Manchester Piccadilly and Sheffield, and two for services for Fallowfied Loop.

The station name was changed from Fairfield for Droylsden to Fairfield on 6 May 1974.[2]

Facilities[edit]

The amenities offered at the unstaffed station are very basic, with no ticket provision or permanent buildings other than basic waiting shelters. Train running information is provided by telephone and timetable posters. No step-free access is provided (staircases to main entrance from both platforms).[3]

Services[edit]

At Fairfield, there is an hourly service to Manchester Piccadilly and towards Rose Hill Marple via Guide Bridge; the evening service is limited & there is no Sunday service.[4]

Manchester-Glossop Line trains do not serve Fairfield, running fast between Ashburys & Guide Bridge.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/f/fairfield/index.shtml
  2. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (July 1974). "Notes and News: Stations renamed by LMR". Railway Magazine. London: IPC Transport Press Ltd. 120 (879): 363. ISSN 0033-8923. 
  3. ^ Fairfield station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  4. ^ GB eNRT December 2016 Edition, Table 78

External links[edit]

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Northern
Mondays-Saturdays only
Disused railways
Guide Bridge
Line and station open
  Great Central Railway
Fallowfield Loop
  Hyde Road
Line and station closed

Coordinates: 53°28′16″N 2°08′42″W / 53.471°N 2.145°W / 53.471; -2.145