Wilmslow railway station
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|Number of platforms||4|
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The station has four platforms with disabled access to each, two waiting rooms, public toilets and also has a double-manned booking office below the platforms.
Both the Main Line and the Styal Line were electrified in 1959 as part of the West Coast Main Line electrification and modernisation programme with the construction and installation of a state of the art signal box and control centre near the end of the Styal Line down platform at Wilmslow and serving virtually the entire railway from Crewe to Manchester via both routes. The complexity of that installation was not repeated for the remainder of the electrification scheme, which had its control and signalling systems renewed in ways that were less highly automated.
In March 1997, the Provisional IRA exploded two bombs in relay boxes near this signal box, causing disruption to rail and road services. The railway reopened the following day. In April 2006, as part of the total renewal of the railway from Crewe to Cheadle Hulme near Stockport, the large 1959 signal box was demolished.
Large-scale resignalling of the line through Wilmslow was completed behind schedule in the Autumn of 2006.
Monday to Saturday, there are five trains per hour northbound with Northern, Arriva Trains Wales and Virgin Trains services stopping at Wilmslow en route to Manchester Piccadilly. One Northern service operates via the Airport (all stations via Heald Green), the remainder all run via Stockport.
Southbound Monday to Saturdays there are four trains per hour to Crewe. These consist of two Northern trains per hour that terminate at Crewe (local stopping service), an hourly Arriva Trains Wales fast service that continues via Shrewsbury to Cardiff Central, Swansea & West Wales and an hourly London Euston-bound Virgin Trains express service. There is also one local Northern train per hour that terminates at Alderley Edge.
On Sundays, there are hourly main line services to South Wales and London but the local routes run less frequently i.e. hourly to Piccadilly via Stockport and Alderley Edge, two hourly to the Airport and Crewe.
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Future high speed services
The economic case for HS2 Phase 1 includes 1 train per hour each way stopping at Wilmslow, travelling between London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly.
- "Network Rail reduces the station's 60s signal box to rubble". Macclesfield Express. 19 April 2006. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
- GB eNRT, December 2015 Edition, Tables 65, 84 & 131
- "The economic case For HS2" (PDF). Department for Transport. October 2013. pp. 39, 42. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
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