Hazel Grove railway station

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Hazel Grove National Rail
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Hazel Grove railway Station
Location
Place Hazel Grove
Local authority Stockport
Grid reference SJ919867
Operations
Station code HAZ
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*
2011/12 Increase 0.610 million
2012/13 Increase 0.625 million
2013/14 Increase 0.673 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.658 million
2015/16 Decrease 0.651 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Transport for Greater Manchester
History
Key dates Opened 1857 (1857)
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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 Hazel Grove from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Hazel Grove railway station is on the Stockport to Buxton / Sheffield line, serving the village of Hazel Grove, Greater Manchester, England. It was built for the Stockport, Disley and Whaley Bridge Railway by the London and North Western Railway and opened on 9 June 1857. From 1923 until 1948 it was owned by the London Midland and Scottish Railway and following nationalisation it was operated by the London Midland Region of British Railways.

At one time there was another station in the village (Hazel Grove (Midland)), on the Midland Railway's line from New Mills South Junction to Manchester Central via Cheadle Heath, which opened in 1902, but it was less conveniently situated and closed in 1917.

The line was extremely expensive to build with extensive earthworks. The navvies were accommodated in specially-built houses near the Rising Sun pub, which still exist, and are known as the "Navvy Mansions". The line from Edgeley Junction (just south of Stockport) to Hazel Grove was electrified in 1981 on the 25 kV AC overhead system. This allowed EMUs on the route from Altrincham via Sale to serve the station until that line was closed for conversion to Manchester Metrolink operation in late 1991 (though electric services to and from Piccadilly continued thereafter).

The signal box on the Buxton-bound platform remains in use. This controls the junction between the Buxton line and the chord linking it to the route through Disley Tunnel towards Sheffield at the country end of the station and also a pair of carriage sidings at the Stockport end used for stabling trains that terminate here.

The station in the 1900s

Facilities[edit]

The station is staffed all week, with its ticket office on platform 1 open 06:05-19:00 weekdays (until 20:00 on Fridays only), 07:00-20:00 Saturdays and 09:00-16:30 Sundays. There are waiting rooms on both platforms, toilets in the main building and a small coffee shop on platform 2. Train running details are provided via automated announcements, timetable posters and digital information screens. Step-free access is available to both platforms via the lifts built into the footbridge linking the platforms.[1]

Services[edit]

Today Hazel Grove is served by two trains per hour to/from Manchester Piccadilly – the hourly Manchester Piccadilly to Buxton and the hourly Blackpool North to Hazel Grove DMU services.[2] Only a few of the local DMU services between Manchester and Sheffield go via Hazel Grove – most travel via New Mills Central. Few services from Buxton now continue past Manchester Piccadilly and those that do (currently seven services in total) operate in the early morning and evening business peak periods – these start/terminate at Clitheroe, Kirkby, Wigan North Western, Blackpool North, Bolton, Wigan Wallgate and Barrow-in-Furness. On Sundays there are trains to/from Southport that start or terminate here. Whilst the line to Hazel Grove is electrified, Electric Multiple Units are no longer used on any timetabled services, the last regular evening working having ended at the December 2014 timetable change. The units that used to run services on the route are now used to provide an extra hourly stopping service between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport. Since October 2015, the Preston service finishing/starting from here now runs through to Blackpool North[3] (to replace the weekday service from Liverpool Lime Street that is now operated by EMUs). The forthcoming electrification of the Manchester to Preston Line and the Blackpool North branch by May 2018 opens the possibility of electric traction returning here in the future, as the entire route used by these services would then be wired.

The single-track Hazel Grove Chord opened in 1986.[4] This allowed trains to/from Stockport and Manchester Piccadilly to access the former Manchester Central – New Mills South Junction line just south of Hazel Grove station and thus provides a faster route between Manchester and Sheffield than the former route via Romiley and New Mills Central. The chord also enables Sheffield trains to serve Stockport and run to/from Liverpool Lime Street.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hazel Grove station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 23 February 2017
  2. ^ Northern Rail Timetable 20: Buxton - Hazel Grove - ManchesterNorthern; Retrieved 17 May 2017
  3. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 82
  4. ^ Hazel Grove Chord (looking south) Whatley, Peter, Geograph.org.uk; Retrieved 17 May 2017
  • Radford, B., (1988) Midland Though The Peak Unicorn Books
  • Harrison, P., (2006) Striking A Chord With Electric

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 53°22′40″N 2°07′21″W / 53.3777°N 2.1226°W / 53.3777; -2.1226