Handforth railway station

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National Rail
Southbound platform, Handforth railway station (geograph 4524430).jpg
Along the southbound platform in 2015
LocationHandforth, Cheshire East
Grid referenceSJ858833
Managed byNorthern
Other information
Station codeHTH
ClassificationDfT category E
2015/16Decrease 0.268 million
2016/17Increase 0.289 million
2017/18Increase 0.308 million
2018/19Decrease 0.296 million
2019/20Decrease 0.291 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
Along the southbound platform in 2020, looking towards Stockport

Handforth railway station is in the village of Handforth in Cheshire, England. Opened in 1842, it is on the Crewe to Manchester Line.


The station opened on 10 May 1842. The northbound ("down") platform was approximately 82 yards (75 m) north of its current location. Since opening, the station has served commuters to Manchester. Since electrification of the line in 1960, trains through the station have been mainly electric multiple units (EMU).


From Monday to Saturday in the day, Handforth is served by one EMU and one DMU service per hour in each direction, one between Alderley Edge and Manchester Piccadilly (which continues to Bolton and Wigan North Western and is diesel worked) and the other between Crewe and Manchester (with peak period extras). This becomes an hourly service in the evening from Crewe to Manchester.[1]

On Sundays there is an hourly service to both Manchester and to Crewe.

Friends of Handforth Station[edit]

Various nameboards on the southbound platform

The Friends of Handforth Station, formed in 1996, are an active station adoption group who have carried out a number of projects at the station, including a station garden, sculptures, poetry and signs from railway operators in other countries.

The group works towards securing easier platform access for disabled passengers and those with prams, bikes etc.[2]


  1. ^ Table 84 National Rail timetable, May 2018
  2. ^ https://www.handforthstation.org.uk/

Further reading[edit]

  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2014). Crewe to Manchester. Middleton Press. figs. 61-63. ISBN 9781908174574. OCLC 892047119.

External links[edit]

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Northern Trains
Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly
(Local stopping service)
Northern Trains

Coordinates: 53°20′46″N 2°12′47″W / 53.346°N 2.213°W / 53.346; -2.213