Hartford railway station

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Hartford National Rail
Hartford railway station, Cheshire (5).JPG
Location
PlaceHartford
Local authorityBorough of Cheshire West and Chester
Grid referenceSJ631717
Operations
Station codeHTF
Managed byLondon Northwestern Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryD
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.230 million
2014/15Increase 0.241 million
2015/16Increase 0.260 million
2016/17Increase 0.282 million
2017/18Increase 0.291 million
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Hartford from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Hartford railway station is in the village of Hartford, in Cheshire, England. It is situated on the A559 road approximately two miles (3.2 km) west of the town of Northwich.

History[edit]

The station in 1961

Hartford station was built by the Grand Junction Railway (GJR)[1]:55 and opened in September 1837.[2] The GJR became a constituent of the newly formed London and North Western Railway on 16 July 1846,[3] which in turn was absorbed by the London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMSR) in 1923. The LMSR was nationalised within British Railways on 1 January 1948 and the station and its train services were thereafter operated by the London Midland Region of BR. The station buildings were greatly rationalised at the time of the West Coast electrification in the 1960s.

Facilities[edit]

The station is in a cutting with steps down from the car park. There is a ramp for wheelchairs but it is very steep. The station is staffed (ticket office is open from start of service until late afternoon during the week and on Saturdays, but limited on a Sunday). There are bus stops and a public phone box on the road. The centre of the village of Hartford is about 0.8 miles (1.3 km) to the east, about 10–15 minutes walk.

Greenbank railway station is about 1 mile (1.6 km) away (nearer to Northwich) on the Mid-Cheshire Line from Chester to Manchester Piccadilly.

The station underwent upgrades in the Spring of 2011. The upgrades included new voice announcements, live arrivals and departure boards and electronic systems.

Network Rail delivered more improvements to the station in the summer of 2014. These improvements ranged from replacing the station roof, resurfaced platforms and a new station footbridge. Step-free access is possible to both platforms via ramps from the nearby road.

Services[edit]

The station is served by trains to/from Stafford, Crewe, Birmingham New Street and Liverpool Lime Street. From the May 2013 timetable, one train per hour each way called throughout the week (including Sundays).[4]

In the May 2016 timetable, a further one train per hour heading towards Birmingham New Street now calls at the station, resulting in an uneven balance of two trains per hour to Birmingham and one per hour to Liverpool for most of the day during the week.[5] This imbalance will be removed with the introduction of the May 2019 timetable, wherein two trains in each direction call at the station every hour.[6]

On Saturdays, an even two trains per hour in each direction call at Hartford, with an hourly service on evenings and Sundays.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Drake, James (1838). Drake's Road Book of the Grand Junction Railway (1838). Moorland Reprints. ISBN 0903485257.
  2. ^ Butt 1995, p. 114
  3. ^ Awdry 1990, p. 78
  4. ^ GB National Rail Timetable May 2013, Table 65
  5. ^ Table 91 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  6. ^ Ltd, swlines. "Realtime Trains - Departures from Hartford". www.realtimetrains.co.uk.
Bibliography
  • Awdry, Christopher (1990), Encyclopedia of British Railway Companies, Guild Publishing CN8983
  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995), The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens, ISBN 1-85260-508-1

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Winsford or Crewe   London Northwestern Railway
West Coast Main Line
  Acton Bridge or Runcorn
  Historical railways  
Winsford   London and North Western Railway
Grand Junction Railway
  Acton Bridge

Coordinates: 53°14′31″N 2°33′14″W / 53.242°N 2.554°W / 53.242; -2.554