For other stations named Ashton, see Ashton railway station (disambiguation)

Oldham Road
General information
LocationAshton-under-Lyne, Tameside
Coordinates53°29′32″N 2°05′57″W / 53.4922°N 2.0991°W / 53.4922; -2.0991Coordinates: 53°29′32″N 2°05′57″W / 53.4922°N 2.0991°W / 53.4922; -2.0991
Grid referenceSJ 935 995
Other information
Original companyOldham, Ashton and Guide Bridge Junction Railway (OA&GB)
Key dates
26 August 1861 (1861-08-26)Opened for passengers
1 February 1863Opened for freight
4 May 1959 (1959-05-04)Closed to passengers
20 June 1966Closed to freight

Oldham Road railway station was two stations, one passenger and one goods, located either side of the L&YR main line and either side of Oldham Road, that served the town of Ashton-under-Lyne.

Passenger station

The station opened on 26 August 1861 when the Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne and Guide Bridge Junction Railway (OA&GB) opened its line from Guide Bridge to Oldham Clegg Street.[a][2]

Location and description

The station was located shortly after a branch to the north off the main Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L&YR) that the OA&GB had to cross. It was in a cutting on the east side of Oldham Road, which crossed the railway on an overbridge, there were two platforms connected by a footbridge, with single storey station buildings containing a booking office, ladies room, general waiting room, station master's office and a porters' room on the northern, up side, platform.[3] The station was accessed by a ramp down from the junction of Oldham Road and Boodle Street to the southern platform. Two sidings were located to the south of the running line in 1895.[b][5]

The footbridge was still extant in 1910 but was declared unsafe in 1914 and the access arrangements changed, the ramp down to the southern platform was lengthened and an additional set of steps was provided half way along the platform going to Boodle Street, a small booking office was located on the platform at this time.[6] A set of steps led down from Oldham Road onto the northern platform. The goods sidings had expanded considerably on both sides of the running lines and a signal box was sighted off the end of the southern platform. Station hand-books indicate that the passenger station only dealt with passengers and parcels, the sidings use is unknown.[7][8][9][10][11]


In 1861 the station was served by eleven down trains and eight up on weekdays, with five services each way on Sundays.[12] By 1895 the station had twenty three OA&GB services each way with an extra one on Saturdays. there were eleven services each way on Sundays.[13] In addition there were eight or nine LNWR services to and from Stockport, most of these going to or from Rochdale, one of the services having a through carriages to London Euston.[14]


The passenger station closed on 4 May 1959 following the withdrawal of passenger services on the line.[2][15]

Goods station

Whilst the passenger station belonged to the OA&GB its associated goods yard, belonged to the LNWR, one of the two railways operating the OA&GB via a leasing arrangement. It was located west of Oldham Road and to the south of L&YR main line with its own connection to the main OA&GB line. The OA&GB opened to freight traffic on 1 February 1863.[7][16]

The goods yard was able to accommodate most types of goods including live stock, it had a brick built two-storey warehouse, with two tracks running through it, that opened in 1878.[17] The yard was equipped with a ten-ton crane.[9]

Goods services were withdrawn on 20 June 1966.[18]

1912 map of railway lines in the area
1912 map of railway lines in the area

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Ashton Moss   Oldham, Ashton and Guide Bridge Railway

Leased jointly by L&NW & GC

  Park Bridge



  1. ^ The Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne and Guide Bridge Junction Railway was the full name of the railway as defined in its enabling Act, it was often shortened by the omission of -under-Lyne and Junction.[1]
  2. ^ Down trains usually headed away from the major conurbation, usually London, some railway companies ran 'up' to their headquarters location, in this case 'up' trains were going to Oldham Clegg Street and 'down' trains to Manchester London Road.[4]


  1. ^ "Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne and Guide Bridge Junction Railway: An Act for the Construction of Railways to supply direct Communication between Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne, and Guide Bridge, and for the Accommodation of the Neighbourhood. Local Act, 20 & 21 Victoria I, c. cxxxvii". UK Parliamentary Archives. 1857. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  2. ^ a b Quick 2019, p. 53.
  3. ^ Pixton 2021, p. 130.
  4. ^ Simmons 1997, p. 548.
  5. ^ "Ordnance Survey six-inch map Lancashire CV.NW". National Library of Scotland. 1895. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  6. ^ Pixton 2021, p. 129.
  7. ^ a b "Ordnance Survey six-inch map Lancashire CV.NW". National Library of Scotland. 1910. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Ordnance Survey 25 inch map Lancashire CV.6". National Library of Scotland. 1922. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  9. ^ a b Oliver & Airey 1894, p. 13.
  10. ^ The Railway Clearing House 1970, p. 28.
  11. ^ The Railway Clearing House 1938, p. 28.
  12. ^ Dow 1959, p. 286.
  13. ^ Bradshaw 2011, table 461.
  14. ^ Bradshaw 2011, table 333.
  15. ^ Hurst 1992, p. 14 (ref 0657).
  16. ^ Marshall 1981, p. 148.
  17. ^ Pixton 2021, p. 126.
  18. ^ Clinker 1978, p. 5.


Further reading

  • Hooper, John (2006). An Illustrated History of Oldham's Railways. Irwell Press. ISBN 9781871608199.
  • Bairstow, Martin (1987). The Manchester and Leeds Railway:The Calder Valley Line. ISBN 9780951030264.