Acton Bridge railway station
|Local authority||Borough of Cheshire West and Chester|
|Managed by||London Northwestern Railway|
|Number of platforms||3|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|4 July 1837||Station opens as Acton|
|1 July 1870||Station renamed Acton Bridge|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Acton Bridge from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
The station opened as Acton by the Grand Junction Railway in 1837:58 but was renamed Acton Bridge in 1870. After merging into the London and North Western Railway, the company became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The line then passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. In addition to its main line calls, the station also served as the terminus of a local service from Crewe via Sandbach & Northwich until 1942. This used a connecting curve that diverged from the main line just north of Hartford to join the Cheshire Lines Committee line from Altrincham to Chester Northgate near Greenbank (this remains in use, but for freight traffic only).
Acton Bridge is served by London Northwestern trains running between Birmingham New Street and Liverpool Lime Street, although the service is infrequent. Currently there are around 10 trains a day in each direction, The service frequency can vary from every 30 minutes to every 4 hours depending on the time of day. Extra services call here at peak times, but at all other times there are large gaps in between trains. The majority of trains pass through the station without stopping.
Acton Bridge still does not have any trains on a Sunday which call, but trains still pass through non-stop on the West Coast Main Line towards both Liverpool and Preston. A near normal service operates on most bank holidays.
The station is un-staffed; its gardens are maintained by volunteers from Acton Bridge Women's Institute, and won a Commendation in the 2003 JPD 'Best Kept Station' competition. In March 2015, a PERTIS self-service passenger-operated ticket machine remains in service here, and is located in the booking hall.
From December 2018, Acton Bridge will see at least 4 more services stopping per day, Monday to Saturday. A new Sunday service will also be introduced from May 2019.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Hartford or Crewe||London Northwestern Railway
West Coast Main Line
|Hartford||London and North Western Railway
Grand Junction Railway
- Drake, James (1838). Drake’s Road Book of the Grand Junction Railway (1838). Moorland Reprints. ISBN 0903485257.
- "Liverpool to Birmingham timetable - London Northwestern Railway" (PDF). Retrieved 7 April 2019.
- "West Midlands franchise". maps.dft.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 21 August 2017.
- Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
- Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687.
- Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137.
- Station on navigable O.S. map