Stafford–Manchester line

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Stafford–Manchester line
Pendolino and Voyager, Stoke-on-Trent railway station (geograph 4019589).jpg
A Virgin Class 390 and CrossCountry Class 221 at Stoke-on-Trent railway station
Overview
SystemNational Rail
LocaleCheshire
Greater Manchester
Staffordshire
Stoke-on-Trent
West Midlands (region)
North West England
Operation
Opened1848
OwnerNetwork Rail
Operator(s)East Midlands Trains
London Northwestern Railway
Northern
Virgin Trains
CrossCountry
Technical
Line length53.9 miles (86.7 km)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Stafford–Manchester line
Manchester Oxford Road
Manchester Piccadilly Manchester Metrolink
Longsight
Rushford
Levenshulme
Heaton Chapel
Heaton Norris
Stockport
Disley cutoff via Cheadle Heath
Cheadle Hulme
Bramhall
Greater Manchester boundary
End of TfGM service
Poynton
Poynton (Midway)
Adlington
Prestbury Tunnel
273 yd
250 m
Prestbury
Hibel Road Tunnel
343 yd
314 m
Macclesfield Beech Bridge
Macclesfield Hibel Road
Macclesfield
North Rode
Congleton Upper Junction
(
closed
1864
)
Congleton
Mow Cop and Scholar Green
Kidsgrove
Harecastle South Tunnel
1766 yd
1615 m
Chatterley
Longport
Etruria
Stoke-on-Trent
Whieldon Road Halt
Mount Pleasant Halt
Sideway Halt
Trentham
Wedgwood
Barlaston
Stone
Norton Bridge flyover
Norton Bridge
Bridgeford
Great Bridgeford
Stafford
West Coast Main Line
via Rugby–Birmingham–Stafford line

The Stafford–Manchester line is a branch of the West Coast Main Line (Network Rail Route 18) serving Stafford, Norton Bridge, Stone, Stoke-on-Trent, Kidsgrove, Congleton, Macclesfield, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport and Manchester.

Train services[edit]

Virgin Trains[edit]

Virgin Trains operate inter-city services between London Euston via the Colwich spur to Manchester Piccadilly. With only two services between London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly going via Stone.

CrossCountry[edit]

CrossCountry services operate between Birmingham New Street / The South Country and Manchester Piccadilly. Between Cheadle Hulme (where it joins the Crewe–Manchester line) and Manchester, the line forms part of Network Rail Route 20.

London Northwestern Railway[edit]

Local services between Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent (calling at Stone) are operated by West Midlands Trains, branded London Northwestern Railway, as part of the London-Crewe service started in December 2008. Between 2004 and 2008 there was no stopping service on the route, with a replacement bus service taking its place. However Wedgwood and Barlaston stations are still without a train service although they were never officially closed and are still served by rail-replacement bus services. Norton Bridge also lost its services at the same time but was formally closed in December 2017 after 13 years of no rail service.[1]

Northern[edit]

Frequent local services between Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester are operated by Northern.

East Midlands Trains[edit]

The Derby to Crewe Line operated by East Midlands Trains shares the Stafford to Manchester Line between Stoke-on-Trent and Kidsgrove.

History[edit]

The line was completed in 1848 and incorporated the main line of the North Staffordshire Railway from the junction with the London and North Western Railway at Norton Bridge via its principal station at Stoke-on-Trent to Macclesfield where it made a running junction again with the LNWR, which had its own station at Macclesfield (Hibel Road), which was closed by British Rail. The North Staffordshire Railway became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923.

Electrification[edit]

The line was electrified at 25 kV AC, using overhead wires under the BR 1955 Modernisation Plan.

References[edit]

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
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