Whaley Bridge railway station

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Whaley Bridge National Rail
Whaley Bridge Station.jpg
Location
Place Whaley Bridge
Local authority High Peak
Coordinates 53°19′48″N 1°59′06″W / 53.33°N 1.985°W / 53.33; -1.985Coordinates: 53°19′48″N 1°59′06″W / 53.33°N 1.985°W / 53.33; -1.985
Grid reference SK011815
Operations
Station code WBR
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*
2011/12 Increase 94,844
2012/13 Increase 110,822
2013/14 Increase 121,588
2014/15 Increase 123,536
2015/16 Increase 127,590
History
Original company Stockport, Disley and Whaley Bridge Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
9 June 1857 Station opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Whaley Bridge from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Whaley Bridge railway station serves the town of Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire, England. The station is on the Manchester-Buxton Line 16 14 miles (26.2 km) south east of Manchester Piccadilly.

Originally the station, opened on 9 June 1857,[1] was on the Stockport, Disley and Whaley Bridge Railway, built by the London and North Western Railway to connect with the Cromford and High Peak Railway and extended to Buxton in 1863. Until 1983, the station had an active signal box and served as a terminus for some trains to/from Manchester.

The station is unusual for the line in that its platform one, where the main station building and ticket office is sited, is on the side for trains bound for Buxton, whereas platform two serves trains to Manchester. The platform is on a tight curve and was some 30 cm too low for the height of the carriages used, making it difficult to access for people with mobility problems. The problem was addressed by Network Rail in 2012, who rebuilt the Buxton platform and installed an 'Easy Access' ramp on the Manchester-bound side.[2]

The station enjoys the support of the local community in the form of Friends of Whaley Bridge Station, a voluntary group dedicated to improving and maintaining the station buildings and grounds.

Facilities[edit]

The ticket office is manned six days per week (Mondays to Saturdays) from early morning until early afternoon (06:50 - 13:25). At other times, tickets must be purchased prior to travel or on the train. There is a waiting room in the main building (open when the booking office is manned) and canopies to offer a covered waiting area at all times; platform two has a waiting shelter. Train running information is provided via help points on each platform, timetable posters and automated announcements.[3]

Service[edit]

There is generally an hourly service each day to Manchester Piccadilly (with certain early morning or evening trains continuing to one of Blackpool North, Bolton, Wigan North Western, Barrow-in-Furness, Preston, Kirkby and Clitheroe) northbound and to Buxton southbound.[4] Additional trains run during the weekday business peaks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 247. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ "Whaley Bridge Station and Schedule of Works" Whaleybridge.com; Retrieved 19 May 2017
  3. ^ Whaley Bridge Station Facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 19 May 2017
  4. ^ Table 86 National Rail timetable, May 2017

External links[edit]

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