Oldham Werneth
Oldham Werneth railway station in 1988.jpg
Oldham Werneth railway station in 1988
General information
LocationWerneth, Oldham
Coordinates53°32′20″N 2°07′41″W / 53.5389°N 2.1281°W / 53.5389; -2.1281Coordinates: 53°32′20″N 2°07′41″W / 53.5389°N 2.1281°W / 53.5389; -2.1281
Grid referenceSD915047
Other information
Original companyLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Pre-groupingLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-groupingLondon Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
31 March 1842Opened as Oldham
c.1849Renamed Oldham Werneth
3 October 2009Closed
2004/05  38,804
2005/06Decrease 38,409
2006/07Decrease 35,006
2007/08Increase 38,248
2008/09Increase 55,908
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Oldham Werneth railway station was situated on the Oldham Loop Line, 6+14 miles (10 km) northeast of Manchester Victoria. The station was situated on Featherstall Road South, in the Werneth area of Oldham, in Greater Manchester, England. Opened on 31 March 1842 it was the oldest of the six railway stations that at one time existed in Oldham.[1]

It predominantly served local Chadderton, Westwood and Werneth residents. The station was operated and served by Northern Rail.

The station was built originally to serve the Platt Bros. of Oldham, a huge cotton spinning engineering company, who had their headquarters in Werneth. However, this company no longer exists.

The Middleton Junction and Oldham Branch Railway formerly ran from Werneth Station down to Middleton Junction. The line included the Werneth Incline which had a gradient of 1 in 27, and was one of the steepest stretches of line regularly used for passenger traffic in the country. The branch line closed on 7 January 1963.[2]

The Oldham Werneth to Thorpes Bridge Junction, Newton Heath line which opened on 17 May 1880 was built to avoid the Werneth Incline. It approached Werneth station from the Manchester direction on a separate two track formation adjacent to the Incline. There was a flat junction between the two lines just beyond Werneth Signal Box and close to the platform ends of the station.[3]

Oldham Werneth railway station closed on 3 October 2009 when work started on the conversion of the Oldham Loop Line to Manchester Metrolink. The area is now served by the nearby Westwood and Freehold tram stops.

Old line

The Oldham Loop line, closed 3 October 2009. Stations, anticlockwise from Manchester:


  1. ^ "Oldham Werneth Station". Disused Stations. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Central Lines". British Railways in the 1960's. Archived from the original on 13 November 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Oldham Werneth Station". Disused Stations. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Hollinwood   Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Oldham Loop Line
  Oldham Central
Disused railways
Middleton Junction   Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Werneth Incline
  Oldham Central