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Acton Bridge railway station is near the village of Acton Bridge, Cheshire, in the northwest of England.

Acton Bridge National Rail
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Location
PlaceActon Bridge
Local authorityBorough of Cheshire West and Chester
Coordinates53°15′59″N 2°36′10″W / 53.2664°N 2.6029°W / 53.2664; -2.6029Coordinates: 53°15′59″N 2°36′10″W / 53.2664°N 2.6029°W / 53.2664; -2.6029
Grid referenceSJ598745
Operations
Station codeACB
Managed byLondon Northwestern Railway
Number of platforms3
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 16,612
2014/15Increase 17,486
2015/16Increase 20,236
2016/17Decrease 20,092
2017/18Increase 21,058
History
4 July 1837Station opens as Acton
1 July 1870Station renamed Acton Bridge
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* 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.
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HistoryEdit

The station opened as Acton by the Grand Junction Railway in 1837[1]: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).

When sectorisation was introduced, the station was served by Regional Railways until the privatisation of British Railways. Trains of the Intercity Sector passed on the West Coast Main Line.

When British Rail was privatised Acton Bridge was served by Central Trains until 2007, then served by London Midland, now London Northwestern

ServicesEdit

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.[2]

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.

Services to London and Scotland do not stop at Acton Bridge but passengers for London can change at Crewe or Runcorn and passengers for Scotland can also change at Crewe.

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.[3]

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Hartford or Crewe   London Northwestern Railway
West Coast Main Line
  Runcorn
  Historical railways  
Hartford   London and North Western Railway
Grand Junction Railway
  Preston Brook

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Drake, James (1838). Drake’s Road Book of the Grand Junction Railway (1838). Moorland Reprints. ISBN 0903485257.
  2. ^ "Liverpool to Birmingham timetable - London Northwestern Railway" (PDF). Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  3. ^ "West Midlands franchise". maps.dft.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 21 August 2017.

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