Sandbach railway station
View of Platforms 2 and 3 from the old bridge. A newly built bridge between platforms 1 and 2/3 has been built and the old bridge removed.
|Local authority||Cheshire East|
|Number of platforms||3|
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Sandbach was a double junction on the LNWR and later London Midland and Scottish Railway line from Crewe to Manchester. For many years, Sandbach was a junction for the single line branch to Middlewich and Northwich railway station, which carried a heavy freight traffic but which closed for passenger service in January 1960 (this remains open for freight, but only sees occasional use). Even earlier, the North Staffordshire Railway branch from Kidsgrove to Sandbach via Lawton Junction ceased passenger service in July 1930 and closed to freight traffic in 1964.
On Monday to Saturday during the daytime there are two trains per hour to Crewe southbound and two per hour to Manchester Piccadilly northbound. One journey goes via Stockport (calls at all stations en-route) and the other via Manchester Airport (omits certain stations). There is an hourly service during the evening in each direction via Stockport.
On Sundays there is a two-hourly service in each direction, northbound via Stockport.
Sandbach has three platforms :-
- Platform 1 is the Main Platform for trains to Crewe
- Platform 2 is the Main Platform for services to Manchester Piccadilly.
- Platform 3 is a bidirectional platform, which used on weekday mornings.
The station hass a ticket office on platform 1; this is manned part-time on Mondays to Saturdays only (Monday - Friday 06:30 - 13:00 Saturday 07:20 - 13:50). Outside these times, tickets must be purchased prior to travel or on board the train. A waiting room on platforms 2 and 3 is open at the times the station is staffed, whilst there are shelters on both sides. Train running details are offered via timetable posters, digital CIS displays and by telephone. No step-free access is available, as the footbridge to platforms 2 and 3 does not have ramps and the Crewe platform has steps from the car park.
- Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2014). Crewe to Manchester. Middleton Press. figs. 10-14. ISBN 9781908174574. OCLC 892047119.
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|Cledford Bridge Halt||London and North Western Railway
Northwich to Sandbach Branch
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