Mauldeth Road railway station

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Mauldeth Road National Rail
Mauldeth Road railway station in 2009, post-refurbishment
Place Ladybarn
Local authority Manchester
Grid reference SJ862931
Station code MAU
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 Increase 343,080
2013/14 Increase 346,672
2014/15 Decrease 321,878
2015/16 Increase 356,798
2016/17 Increase 398,882
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Transport for Greater Manchester
1909 Opened
1974 Renamed
2007 Refurbished
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Mauldeth Road from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Mauldeth Road railway station (known as Mauldeth Road for Withington until 1974) is a suburban railway station serving the Ladybarn area of Manchester, England. It is the last station before Manchester Piccadilly on the Styal Line and was electrified in 1959.

The station is primarily served by a half-hourly Northern service which alternates between Manchester Airport and Crewe. Some peak TransPennine Express services, a number of the Northern services between Southport and Manchester Airport and hourly freight trains from Trafford Park also pass the station.


Mauldeth Road railway station in 1989.
A half-hourly Northern Class 323 service departs from Mauldeth Road in 2013.

The station opened in 1909 south of Longsight (Slade Lane Junction) as Mauldeth Road for Withington, being renamed Mauldeth Road on 6 May 1974,[1] and now serves the Manchester-Crewe (via Manchester Airport) rail route, used by Northern for stopping services to Manchester Airport. Its coal sidings closed in the 1960s, along with its original platform buildings on the up (southbound) side.

The remaining wooden ticket office on the down side burned down on Bonfire Night in 1986; thereafter the ticket office was a small prefabricated unit at the bottom of the station approach.

It caters mainly for commuter traffic, being electrified at 25kV AC overhead, and is used by EMU traffic. Some evening services are operated by TransPennine Express with DMUs.

Recent developments[edit]

As part of a £12 million station modernisation programme on the Manchester Airport Line, re-building work on Mauldeth Road railway station commenced in autumn 2006.[2] Network Rail were able to keep the station operational for most of the time by demolishing the existing platforms in small parts and using temporary platforms. There was a temporary footbridge spanning the platforms while the pedestrians' access ramp to the northbound platform was out of use during renovation; the footbridge offered a vantage point for views over Manchester.[3] As part of the re-building work new steel platforms, modern waiting shelters, new lighting and access ramps were constructed with work completed by June 2007.[4] A new ticket office was constructed in spring 2014 to replace the portakabin used since the late 1980s was removed in 2013. In March 2017 the old rail bridge over Mauldeth Road, originally from when the line opened in 1909 had come to end of its life and was replaced with a new bridge.


The Monday to Saturday service pattern is as follows:

Sunday services consist of:

  • 1 Train per hour to Manchester Airport, with one service every 2 hours continuing to Alderley Edge
  • 1 Train an hour to Manchester Piccadilly.


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Good News for Passengers - Revamped East Didsbury Station Open on Time" (Press release). Network Rail. 2006-09-13. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  3. ^ "Stunning views over Manchester from Mauldeth Rd station temporary footbridge". Retrieved 2007-11-01. 
  4. ^ "Construction in the UK Transport Industry" (PDF). Unite the Union. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 

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External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Burnage   TransPennine Express
South TransPennine
  Manchester Piccadilly
Burnage   Northern
Styal Line
  Manchester Piccadilly

Coordinates: 53°26′02″N 2°12′31.50″W / 53.43389°N 2.2087500°W / 53.43389; -2.2087500