Mauldeth Road
National Rail
Departing Class 323 at Mauldeth Road railway station in 2013
LocationLadybarn, Manchester
Grid referenceSJ862931
Managed byNorthern Trains
Transit authorityTransport for Greater Manchester
Other information
Station codeMAU
ClassificationDfT category D
Key dates
2016/17Increase 398,882
2017/18Decrease 379,964
2018/19Decrease 349,738
2019/20Decrease 305,762
2020/21Decrease 68,552
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Mauldeth Road railway station (known as Mauldeth Road for Withington until 1974) is a suburban railway station serving the Ladybarn area of Manchester, England. It is the last station before Manchester Piccadilly on the Styal Line and was electrified in 1959.

The station sits on the Styal Line to Manchester Airport, one of the most congested lines on the national rail network.[1] Historically it has been served by a half-hourly stopping service from Manchester Airport/Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly; however, since May 2018, services operate on a skip-stop basis at irregular intervals to increase capacity on the line. As a result, one of the half-hourly stopping services was replaced with a semi-fast service to Liverpool.


Mauldeth Road railway station in 1989.
Mauldeth Road railway station in 1989.

The station opened in 1909, south of Longsight (Slade Lane Junction), as Mauldeth Road for Withington. It was renamed Mauldeth Road on 6 May 1974 [2] and now serves the Manchester-Crewe (via Manchester Airport) rail route, used by Northern for stopping services to Manchester Airport. Its coal sidings closed in the 1960s, along with its original platform buildings on the up (southbound) side.

The remaining wooden ticket office, on the down platform, burned down on Bonfire Night in 1986; thereafter the ticket office was a small prefabricated unit at the bottom of the station approach.

It caters mainly for commuter traffic, being electrified at 25 kV AC overhead, and is used by EMU traffic. Some evening services are operated by TransPennine Express with DMUs.

2006 redevelopment

Mauldeth Road in 1989 with concrete platforms from the 1960s
The station was modernised in 2006 with new steel platforms and shelters

As part of a £12 million station modernisation programme on the Manchester Airport Line, re-building work on Mauldeth Road railway station commenced in autumn 2006.[3] Network Rail were able to keep the station operational for most of the time by demolishing the existing platforms in small parts and using temporary platforms. There was a temporary footbridge spanning the platforms while the pedestrians' access ramp to the northbound platform was out of use during renovation; the footbridge offered a vantage point for views over Manchester.[4] As part of the re-building work new steel platforms, modern waiting shelters, new lighting and access ramps were constructed with work completed by June 2007.[5]

Recent developments

Following extensive redevelopment of the station in 2006, passenger numbers doubled from approximately 148,000 to 323,000 in the five years between 2007 and 2012.[6]

The portakabin ticket office, used since the late 1980s, was closed and removed in April 2013. A new purpose-built ticket office, funded by Network Rail, was constructed in summer 2013 and opened in October 2013.[7]

In March 2017, the old rail bridge over Mauldeth Road, originally from when the line opened in 1909, had come to end of its life and was replaced with a new bridge.

2018 timetable recast

Historically, the station has been served by a half-hourly service each way to Manchester Piccadilly and Crewe. In 1993, following the opening of the railway station at Manchester Airport, every other service terminated and commenced at Manchester Airport while another continued onto either Wilmslow, Alderley Edge or Crewe.

The new 2018 timetable was the most radical in decades and notable for its poor introduction, which was marked by many delays and cancellations. As part of the May 2018 timetable change, the Styal Line to the Airport now operates on a skip-stop basis to free up additional capacity for express trains. Consequently, Mauldeth Road station is still served by two services per hour but at more irregular intervals and not all services stop at the four other commuter stations on the Styal Line (Burnage, East Didsbury, Gatley and Heald Green), as has been the case historically.

Additionally, services were extended to Liverpool Lime Street which allowed for the service to utilise the two through platforms (13 and 14) at Piccadilly rather than terminating into a bay platform - which prevents the services from cutting across the 'throat' of the approach into Piccadilly and reducing capacity for Transpennine services.


The station has a manned ticket office on the ramp to Platform 1 (for trains to towards Manchester Piccadilly). There is also a ticket machine at the station situated adjacent to the ticket office. There is step-free access to both platforms. Next to Platform 2, there is a station car park.



Since the opening of Manchester Airport railway station in 1993, the Monday to Saturday service pattern was 2 trains per hour to Manchester Piccadilly. 2 trains per hour operated in the opposite direction - one to Manchester Airport and the other continued onto Crewe until 17:53, then terminated at Wilmslow in the evening. Sunday services consisted of 1 train per hour to Manchester Airport, with one service every 2 hours continuing to Alderley Edge and 1 train an hour to Manchester Piccadilly.


Since May 2018, the Monday to Saturday service pattern is as follows:

Sunday services consist of:


  1. ^ "Timetable recast: too much, too quickly". Railway Gazette International. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  2. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (July 1974). "Stations renamed by LMR". The Railway Magazine. Vol. 120 no. 879. London: IPC Transport Press Ltd. p. 363. ISSN 0033-8923.
  3. ^ "Good News for Passengers - Revamped East Didsbury Station Open on Time" (Press release). Network Rail. 13 September 2006. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 25 October 2007.
  4. ^ "Stunning views over Manchester from Mauldeth Rd station temporary footbridge". Retrieved 1 November 2007.
  5. ^ "Construction in the UK Transport Industry" (PDF). Unite the Union. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 February 2007. Retrieved 25 October 2007.
  6. ^ "Estimates of station usage". Office of Rail & Road. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Metrolink and Rail Networks - 1 November 2013" (PDF). Transport for Greater Manchester. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  8. ^ Table 85 National Rail timetable, December 2018

Further reading

Preceding station
National Rail
Following station
Burnage   TransPennine Express
South TransPennine
(Limited service)
  Manchester Piccadilly
Burnage   Northern Trains
Crewe to Liverpool Lime Street via Chat Moss
(Styal Line local stopping service)
  Manchester Piccadilly
Gatley or
East Didsbury
  Northern Trains
Manchester Airport to Liverpool Lime Street via Warrington Central
(Semi-fast service)
  Manchester Piccadilly
Burnage   Northern Trains
Manchester to Preston Line
(Limited service)
  Manchester Piccadilly
  Future Services  
Manchester Airport   Northern
Liverpool Lime Street - Manchester Airport
  Manchester Piccadilly
Burnage   Northern
Blackpool North - Manchester Airport
  Manchester Piccadilly
Gatley   Northern
Barrow-In-Furness/Windermere - Manchester Airport
  Manchester Piccadilly


Coordinates: 53°26′02″N 2°12′31.50″W / 53.43389°N 2.2087500°W / 53.43389; -2.2087500