List of railway stations in Greater Manchester is located in Greater Manchester
Railways in Greater Manchester
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Greater Manchester, a metropolitan county in North West England, has a public rail network of 130 route miles (209 km) and 92 National Rail stations.[1][a] Transport for Greater Manchester is responsible for specifying fares and service levels of train services operating in the county.[2] The Northern train operating company provides most of these services.[3] The four main railway stations in Manchester city centre are Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria, Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Deansgate which all form part of the Manchester station group.

Most services run to or through one of Manchester city centre's major stations, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly. The network is effectively divided into two operating halves based on these stations,[2] although the opening of a connecting line in 1988 improved operational flexibility by joining the north and south halves.[4] This was further improved by the Ordsall Chord (opened to traffic on 10 December 2017), creating a direct link between Piccadilly and Victoria.

Services radiate northwards from Manchester Victoria, providing stopping services to West Yorkshire and Liverpool as well as local suburban services to Rochdale and Wigan.[2] The south side's services radiate from Manchester Piccadilly and run to Manchester Airport, south Manchester, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Leeds, North East England, London and other major destinations.[2]

The region's rail network started to develop during the Industrial Revolution, when it was at the centre of a textile manufacturing boom.[5] Manchester was at the forefront of the railway building revolution during the Victorian era. The world's first passenger railway, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, opened on 15 September 1830.[2] Its original terminus, Liverpool Road railway station, was closed to passengers in 1844, but still exists and is the oldest surviving passenger station in the world.[6] Since the Beeching cuts many of Greater Manchester's stations have closed and many station facilities have been removed. Others, however, have been converted to the Manchester Metrolink, Greater Manchester's light-rail network, or preserved as part of the East Lancashire Railway heritage route.[b] The expansion of the Metrolink is set to continue at least through 2020, with the planned opening of the Trafford Park Line.[7][8] In October 2009, nine stations on the former Oldham Loop Line closed for conversion,[9] and future plans include the use of tram-trains to allow Metrolink to serve existing National Rail stations.[10]

Manchester Piccadilly, the principal station for the City of Manchester and busiest station in Greater Manchester by number of passengers.
Manchester Piccadilly, the principal station for the City of Manchester and busiest station in Greater Manchester by number of passengers.
Heavy rail commuter line map
Heavy rail commuter line map

In preparation for the 2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester Piccadilly, the principal station for the City of Manchester, was extensively redeveloped and as a consequence has been voted as having the highest customer satisfaction rating of all the main stations in the United Kingdom.[11] As of 2013, Manchester Victoria is under renovation with the construction of a new £20 million roof while Oxford Road will see redevelopment as a result of the Northern Hub plan in 2014. The construction of the Ordsall Chord linked Greater Manchester's three busiest stations for the first time in December 2017.

Railway stations currently in use

Station (and code) Borough Managed by Lines
served
Year
opened
DfT

Category[12]

Platforms Station
users
2015/16[13]
Station
users
2016/17[13]
Station
users
2017/18[13]
Station
users
2018/19[13]
Station
users
2019/20[13]
Station
users
2020/21[13]
Altrincham (ALT) Trafford Northern Mid-Cheshire Line 1881[14] C2 2 + 2 Metrolink[c] 507,592 568,734 458,230 396,832 372,682 69,168
Ardwick (ADK) Manchester Northern Glossop Line
Hope Valley Line
1842[14] F2 2 896 860 882 1,238 1,520 238
Ashburys (ABY) Manchester Northern Glossop Line
Hope Valley Line
1846[14] F2 2 87,136 98,472 90,950 112,846 128,958 35,190
Ashton-under-Lyne (AHN) Tameside Northern Huddersfield Line 1846[15] E 2 361,946 386,720 324,674 326,674 362,246 70,596
Atherton (ATN) Wigan Northern Manchester to Southport Line 1888[15] E 2 436,000 338,164 295,810 288,906 329,668 65,272
Belle Vue (BLV) Manchester Northern Hope Valley Line 1875[14] F2 2 10,340 11,456 9,990 6,820 8,624 2,602
Blackrod (BLK) Bolton Northern Manchester to Preston Line 1841[15] F1 2 555,594 609,150 549,876 563,764 606,246 51,754
Bolton (BON) Bolton Northern Manchester to Southport Line
Ribble Valley Line
Manchester to Preston Line
TransPennine North West
West Coast Main Line
1838[15] C1 5 2,866,316 3,240,136 2,950,294 3,074,022 3,262,460 865,704
Bramhall (BML) Stockport Northern Stafford to Manchester Line 1845[15] E 2 289,976 302,912 297,848 326,008 311,620 38,604
Bredbury (BDY) Stockport Northern Hope Valley Line 1875[14] E 2 211,006 214,500 215,798 232,302 239,204 48,242
Brinnington (BNT) Stockport Northern Hope Valley Line 1977[16] E 2 78,548 79,512 83,442 98,004 109,278 32,852
Broadbottom (BDB) Tameside Northern Glossop Line 1842[14] E 2 143,514 158,652 163,904 197,316 202,140 35,400
Bromley Cross (BMC) Bolton Northern Ribble Valley Line 1848[15] E 2 291,754 360,602 311,434 328,540 412,582 73,988
Bryn (BYN) Wigan Northern Liverpool to Wigan Line 1869[15] F1 2 150,632 154,298 153,272 160,748 172,300 33,044
Burnage (BNA) Manchester Northern South TransPennine
Styal Line
1910[14] E 2 204,120 223,780 220,096 211,880 212,504 37,962
Castleton (CAS) Rochdale Northern Caldervale Line 1875[14] F1 2 148,262 170,024 167,114 178,582 172,682 35,900
Chassen Road (CSR) Trafford Northern Manchester to Liverpool Line 1934[15] E 2 48,020 50,430 49,210 53,530 57,780 6,216
Cheadle Hulme (CHU) Stockport Northern Crewe to Manchester Line
Stafford to Manchester Line
1845*[17] D 4 785,174 861,360 870,058 963,034 908,988 139,174
Clifton (CLI) Salford Northern Manchester to Preston Line 1847[15] F2 2 116 352 280 282 282 128
Daisy Hill (DSY) Bolton Northern Manchester to Southport Line 1888[15] E 2 336,540 298,322 285,998 285,946 309,608 50,132
Davenport (DVN) Stockport Northern Buxton Line
Hope Valley Line
1858[14] E 2 285,066 296,366 297,996 338,124 349,314 68,610
Deansgate (DGT) Manchester Northern Liverpool to Manchester Lines
Manchester to Preston Line
Stafford to Manchester Line
TransPennine North West
1849[14] D 2 + 3 Metrolink 390,445 420,938 419,696 456,140 1,323,150 213,194
Denton (DTN) Tameside Northern Stockport to Stalybridge Line 1851[15] F2 2 74 144 70 46 92 12
East Didsbury (EDY) Manchester Northern South TransPennine
Styal Line
1909[14] E 2 267,548 279,966 264,000 282,102 295,542 46,424
Eccles (ECC) Salford Northern Liverpool to Manchester Lines 1830[15] E 2 161,298 190,518 162,820 158,616 197,418 51,670
Fairfield (FRF) Tameside Northern Hope Valley Line 1841[14] F2 2 24,554 33,968 37,860 41,296 43,316 3,906
Farnworth (FNW) Bolton Northern Manchester to Preston Line 1838[15] E 2 13,166 38,408 36,922 46,380 59,228 17,610
Flixton (FLI) Trafford Northern Liverpool to Manchester Lines 1873[15] E 2 103,654 130,442 132,528 144,338 146,174 25,754
Flowery Field (FLF) Tameside Northern Glossop Line 1985[16] F2 2 197,330 222,152 223,832 274,162 253,172 66,500
Gathurst (GST) Wigan Northern Manchester to Southport Line 1855[15] F1 2 86,976 97,870 92,888 94,320 106,722 14,426
Gatley (GTY) Stockport Northern South TransPennine
Styal Line
1909[14] E 2 320,370 356,506 346,242 349,700 338,626 66,656
Godley (GDL) Tameside Northern Glossop Line 1986[18] F2 2 73,182 82,954 90,164 107,450 107,788 23,142
Gorton (GTO) Manchester Northern Glossop Line
Hope Valley Line
1842[14] E 2 100,864 113,322 115,774 122,648 126,092 24,368
Greenfield (GNF) Oldham Northern Huddersfield Line 1849[15] E 2 338,694 369,826 332,332 398,628 432,830 84,746
Guide Bridge (GUI) Tameside Northern Glossop Line
Hope Valley Line
Stockport to Stalybridge Line
1846[14] E 2 297,324 337,902 335,774 382,542 386,422 75,418
Hag Fold (HGF) Wigan Northern Manchester-Southport Line 1987[16] E 2 51,582 50,212 44,708 44,888 48,138 15,112
Hale (HAL) Trafford Northern Mid-Cheshire Line 1862[14] E 2 179,812 178,392 157,688 144,486 141,202 29,880
Hall i' th' Wood (HID) Bolton Northern Ribble Valley Line 1986[16] F2 2 116,428 157,280 142,832 177,182 214,064 53,150
Hattersley (HTY) Tameside Northern Glossop Line 1978[18] E 2 64,320 78,956 88,926 111,354 110,646 25,572
Hazel Grove (HAZ) Stockport Northern Buxton Line
Hope Valley Line
1857[15] D 2 650,952 707,426 717,048 801,594 729,850 107,026
Heald Green (HDG) Stockport Northern South TransPennine
Styal Line
TransPennine North West
1909[14] E 2 474,766 507,318 489,672 513,342 481,562 84,318
Heaton Chapel (HTC) Stockport Northern Buxton Line
Crewe to Manchester Line
Stafford to Manchester Line
1852[15] E 2 757,190 837,228 835,032 849,320 827,926 123,484
Hindley (HIN) Wigan Northern Manchester to Southport Line 1848[15] E 2 333,462 346,424 310,344 294,844 340,104 71,492
Horwich Parkway (HWI) Bolton Northern Manchester to Preston Line 1999[14] F1 2 599,916 639,192 580,308 579,980 673,470 103,876
Humphrey Park (HUP) Trafford Northern Liverpool to Manchester Lines 1984[19] F2 2 35,070 35,614 34,866 30,960 29,778 4,422
Hyde Central (HYC) Tameside Northern Hope Valley Line 1858[14] F1 2 81,512 97,422 101,984 108,708 116,178 12,552
Hyde North (HYT) Tameside Northern Hope Valley Line 1862[14] F2 2 43,992 48,644 48,680 48,836 53,358 7,608
Ince (INC) Wigan Northern Manchester to Southport Line 1863[15] F2 2 21,150 24,536 23,132 20,856 27,928 9,618
Irlam (IRL) Salford Northern Liverpool to Manchester Lines 1893[15] F1 2 305,590 362,358 343,886 358,312 359,522 81,978
Kearsley (KSL) Bolton Northern Manchester to Preston Line 1838[15] F2 2 15,512 34,908 36,752 40,152 51,448 12,940
Levenshulme (LVM) Manchester Northern Buxton Line
Crewe to Manchester Line
Stafford to Manchester Line
1843[14] E 2 512,654 592,638 576,854 530,462 541,642 140,462
Littleborough (LTL) Rochdale Northern Caldervale Line 1839[14] F2 2 391,896 411,078 420,880 466,526 483,066 84,514
Lostock (LOT) Bolton Northern Manchester to Preston Line 1988[16] E 2 232,442 276,514 242,986 237,272 279,570 47,064
Manchester Airport (MIA) Manchester TransPennine Express North TransPennine
South TransPennine
Styal Line
TransPennine North West
1993[16] B 4 + 2 Metrolink 3,632,308 4,241,292 4,644,526 5,707,542 5,747,042 545,790
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO) Manchester Northern Chester to Manchester Line
Liverpool to Manchester Lines
Manchester to Preston Line
North TransPennine
Stafford to Manchester Line
TransPennine North West
1849[14] C1 5 7,961,843 8,583,649 8,558,308 9,301,496 6,366,296 1,025,778
Manchester United (MUF) Trafford Northern Liverpool to Manchester Lines 1935[14] F2 1 Matchdays only Matchdays only Matchdays only Matchdays only - -
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) Manchester Network Rail Buxton Line
Chester to Manchester Line
Crewe to Manchester Line
CrossCountry
Glossop Line
Hope Valley Line
Liverpool to Manchester Lines
Manchester to Preston Line
Mid-Cheshire Line
North TransPennine
Stafford to Manchester Line
Styal Line
TransPennine North West
Welsh Marches Line
West Coast Main Line
1842[14] A 14 + 2 Metrolink 25,792,700 27,807,063 27,724,962 30,132,552 32,198,704 5,188,066
Manchester Victoria (MCV) Manchester Northern Caldervale Line
Huddersfield Line
Manchester to Liverpool Line
Manchester to Preston Line
Manchester to Southport Line
Ribble Valley Line
1844[14] B 6 + 4 Metrolink 7,630,480 8,226,407 8,202,118 8,914,376 9,570,816 1,542,112
Marple (MPL) Stockport Northern Hope Valley Line 1862[14] D 2 454,858 470,158 480,132 511,900 498,468 82,382
Mauldeth Road (MAU) Manchester Northern South TransPennine
Styal Line
1909[14] D 2 356,798 398,882 379,964 349,738 305,762 68,552
Middlewood (MDL) Stockport Northern Buxton Line 1879[15] F2 2 27,950 24,824 25,226 32,386 30,876 7,784
Mills Hill (MIH) Rochdale Northern Caldervale Line 1985[16][d] F1 2 310,032 330,628 293,408 328,616 338,650 63,700
Moorside (MSD) Salford Northern Manchester to Southport Line 1888[15] E 2 40,654 47,662 45,794 31,590 35,122 7,738
Moses Gate (MSS) Bolton Northern Manchester to Preston Line 1838[15] F2 2 10,354 21,882 19,030 24,308 33,636 13,916
Mossley (MSL) Tameside Northern Huddersfield Line 1849[15] E 2 306,150 322,114 301,408 336,906 327,738 76,552
Moston (MSO) Manchester Northern Caldervale Line 1872[14] F2 2 71,732 68,174 55,688 70,464 88,612 27,374
Navigation Road (NVR) Trafford Northern Mid-Cheshire Line 1931[14] F2 1[e] 107,168 106,208 95,418 100,396 105,708 21,166
Newton for Hyde (NWN) Tameside Northern Glossop Line 1841[14] E 2 176,812 180,436 175,770 219,478 210,344 47,768
Orrell (ORR) Wigan Northern Kirkby Branch Line 1848[15] F1 2 84,456 90,918 90,178 92,888 96,894 20,324
Patricroft (PAT) Salford Northern Liverpool to Manchester Lines 1830[15] F2 2 49,468 73,596 86,744 106,996 117,362 26,236
Pemberton (PEM) Wigan Northern Kirkby Branch Line 1848[15] F2 2 60,302 64,682 69,676 72,028 68,988 14,802
Reddish North (RDN) Stockport Northern Hope Valley Line 1875[14] E 2 174,334 196,906 210,024 226,612 242,326 55,858
Reddish South (RDS) Stockport Northern Stockport to Stalybridge Line 1859[15] F2 1 38 94 104 60 158 18
Rochdale (RCD) Rochdale Northern Caldervale Line 1839[14] C2 3 + 2 Metrolink 1,134,418 1,247,330 1,236,316 1,487,760 1,575,222 392,114
Romiley (RML) Stockport Northern Hope Valley Line 1862[14] E 2 301,172 328,722 338,342 382,384 394,352 70,290
Rose Hill Marple (RSH) Stockport Northern Hope Valley Line 1869[14] E 1 145,366 159,106 174,306 210,904 215,270 26,124
Ryder Brow (RRB) Manchester Northern Hope Valley Line 1985[16] F2 2 27,078 30,266 30,182 31,368 32,794 7,638
Salford Central (SFD) Salford Northern Manchester to Preston Line
Manchester to Southport Line
Ribble Valley Line
1838[14] E 2 411,830 483,104 627,852 772,844 1,028,446 136,876
Salford Crescent (SLD) Salford Northern Manchester to Preston Line
Manchester to Southport Line
Ribble Valley Line
TransPennine North West
1987[16] C2 2 955,878 1,148,814 1,141,368 1,288,058 1,441,774 319,928
Smithy Bridge (SMB) Rochdale Northern Caldervale Line 1985[16] F1 2 149,152 167,822 166,542 197,834 205,222 50,430
Stalybridge (SYB) Tameside TransPennine Express Huddersfield Line
North TransPennine
Stockport to Stalybridge Line
1845[14] D 5 1,128,900 1,150,886 1,150,310 1,244,122 1,219,638 264,148
Stockport (SPT) Stockport Avanti West Coast Buxton Line
Crewe to Manchester Line
CrossCountry
Hope Valley Line
Mid-Cheshire Line
South TransPennine
Stafford to Manchester Line
Stockport to Stalybridge Line
West Coast Main Line
1843[14] B 6 3,586,032 3,781,718 3,853,208 4,437,070 4,305,068 913,096
Strines (SRN) Stockport Northern Hope Valley Line 1866 F2 2 26,074 26,332 24,052 27,710 22,186 3,720
Swinton (SNN) Salford Northern Manchester to Southport Line 1887[15] E 2 132,684 137,362 138,412 125,480 142,280 37,350
Trafford Park (TRA) Trafford Northern Liverpool to Manchester Lines 1904[15] F1 2 61,512 64,712 54,870 46,340 49,220 9,826
Urmston (URM) Trafford Northern Liverpool to Manchester Lines 1873[15] E 2 324,402 380,586 375,140 409,472 413,118 81,628
Walkden (WKD) Salford Northern Manchester to Southport Line 1888[14] E 2 339,942 300,710 283,572 301,570 374,288 70,630
Westhoughton (WHG) Bolton Northern Manchester to Southport Line 1848[15] F1 2 129,344 194,752 177,092 176,386 199,434 55,874
Wigan North Western (WGN) Wigan Avanti West Coast Blackpool to Liverpool Line
Liverpool to Wigan Line
West Coast Main Line
1838[14] B 6 1,380,716 1,620,278 1,583,812 1,683,184 1,604,012 386,422
Wigan Wallgate (WGW) Wigan Northern Kirkby Branch Line
Manchester to Southport Line
1896[14] D 3 1,576,106 1,493,308 1,459,698 1,551,286 1,478,316 356,140
Woodley (WLY) Stockport Northern Hope Valley Line 1862[15] F2 2 53,856 60,882 63,556 78,852 87,502 10,082
Woodsmoor (WSR) Stockport Northern Buxton Line
Hope Valley Line
1990[16] E 2 232,954 253,746 273,890 310,608 302,204 64,220

See also

Footnotes

a The total of 98 given at www.gmpte.com excludes Reddish South and Denton, which have one service per week, but includes Dean Lane, Failsworth, Hollinwood, Oldham Werneth, Oldham Mumps, Derker, Shaw and Crompton, New Hey and Milnrow, which closed on 3 October 2009.
b Of the stations on the East Lancashire Railway operational as of the 2015 season, three (Bury Bolton Street, Heywood and Summerseat) are located within Greater Manchester.[20]
c Two other platforms are used by Manchester Metrolink services.[21][22]
d Originally opened in 1839 and closed in 1842. Reopened 25 March 1985 on the same site.[16]
e One other platform is used by Metrolink services.[23]

References

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