Romiley
National Rail
LocationRomiley, Stockport
England
Grid referenceSJ941908
Managed byNorthern Trains
Transit authorityGreater Manchester
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeRML
ClassificationDfT category E
History
Opened1862
Passengers
2015/16Decrease 0.301 million
2016/17Increase 0.329 million
2017/18Increase 0.338 million
2018/19Increase 0.382 million
 Interchange 13,095
2019/20Increase 0.394 million
 Interchange Decrease 12,806
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Romiley railway station serves Romiley, in the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, Greater Manchester, England.

History

It was built by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway on its extension to New Mills, opening in 1862 from Manchester London Road.[1] A second route, the Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway to Macclesfield which joined the older line at Marple Wharf Junction, was opened in 1869; this provided links to Macclesfield and Stoke-on-Trent.

Facilities

The station was built above street level; its platforms extend over the B6104 road. It has a spiral staircase, which once had a glass-roofed dome. The booking hall (manned 06:20-20:45 weekdays and 07:10-21:35 Saturdays) and offices are on the first floor, with a subway and stairs to the platforms. Ramps are also available for wheelchair users.

The station has a long line public address system providing automated announcements and digital information displays to offer train running details (these can also be obtained by phone or from timetable posters).[2]

From the south, trains arrive both from Marple, on the Sheffield line, and Rose Hill Marple. The MB&MR closed south of Rose Hill to Macclesfield in January 1970; this line had been included in the 1963 Beeching Report). The short branch to Rose Hill itself was reprieved by the then Minister of Transport Richard Marsh in 1969, when granting permission to close the rest of the route.[3]

To the north, the line splits in three ways. Initially it just ran through to Woodley to join the original MS&L line at Hyde Junction. In 1875, a more direct route to Manchester was opened through Reddish. A further branch, opened in 1869, led to Stockport Tiviot Dale; at one time, this carried through trains from Derby to Manchester Central[4] but this route was closed to passenger services in January 1967 and much of the line was lifted in 1983.

Service

On Mondays to Fridays, four trains per hour go northbound to Manchester Piccadilly (two via Guide Bridge and two via Brinnington) and two per hour go towards Marple (one to New Mills Central and the other through to Sheffield) and two per hour to Rose Hill Marple southbound.[5]

On Saturdays, there is a similar level of service to Manchester and Marple / Rose Hill Marple, but an hourly service to New Mills and Sheffield.

On Sundays, there is an hourly service each way to Manchester Piccadilly and to Sheffield.

Romiley railway station
Romiley railway station

Future

As part of Manchester's Transport Innovation Fund (TIF) bid, which would have seen a weekday peak time congestion charge introduced on roads into the city centre in order for a £3bn injection into the region's public transport, it had been announced that Marple railway station would have seen an increase to four services per hour in both directions throughout the day to Manchester Piccadilly.

This would therefore have meant an increase to five services per hour at Romiley, with possibility for more, should services from Rose Hill have been increased as discussed. The line would have effectively been run as a "tram-train" operation, offering users of stations along the route the ease of showing up without generally needing to know exact departure times.

Romiley railway station was also planned to become an official "TIF Park & Ride" interchange under the proposals, which faced a public referendum in December 2008. These were rejected by a substantial margin [6] and the plans were eventually dropped in the spring of 2010.

Notes

  1. ^ "The Railway Comes to Marple. 1845-1868" www.marple-uk.com; Retrieved 1 April 2016
  2. ^ Romiley Station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 21 February 2017
  3. ^ "Disused Stations - Rose Hill Marple" Disused Stations;Retrieved 1 April 2016
  4. ^ Marshall, pp.20-23
  5. ^ GB eNRT, December 2016-May 2017 Edition, Table 78
  6. ^ "Voters reject congestion charge". BBC News. 12 December 2008. Retrieved 18 December 2008.

References

Preceding station  
National Rail
  Following station
Northern Trains
  Historical railways  
Tiviot Dale   CLC   Marple

Coordinates: 53°24′50″N 2°05′20″W / 53.414°N 2.089°W / 53.414; -2.089