Congleton railway station
Congleton railway station in 2014
|Local authority||Cheshire East|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 9 October 1848|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Congleton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
The line from Stoke to Congleton was opened on 9 October 1848, with Congleton station opening on the same day and owned by the North Staffordshire Railway.
Until 2003, Congleton was served Monday to Friday by around 19 local stopping services, which consisted of approximately 11 southbound services (one starting from Macclesfield) and nine trains northbound (some semi-fast). The number of local services operating on Saturday varied but remained similar that on weekdays; three trains each way operated on Sunday.
All those local services were operated by North Western trains, latterly known as First North Western.
From 2003 to 2008, there were seven trains a day Monday to Friday, three southbound (one from Macclesfield only) and four northbound (one semi-fast). On Saturdays, there were two trains southbound (one from Macclesfield only) and 2 trains northbound. On Sundays, there were three trains in each direction, operated by Northern Rail from 2004.
Additionally Virgin Trains (CrossCountry from 2007) operated increased services Monday to Saturday to Stockport, Manchester Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham New Street. Brighton, Reading, Guildford, Gatwick Airport and London (Euston).
The station is managed by Northern, which operate an hourly service pattern to Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester Piccadilly Monday to Saturday. Also, CrossCountry operate a limited service at peak times to Manchester Piccadilly and Bournemouth.
On Sundays, there is a reduced service of six trains in each direction throughout the day. This was increased from 5 each way in December 2018.
The station is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The ticket office is only open Monday to Saturday: 06:30-13:40, although there are two ticket machines. The station also has car parking spaces (£3 per day), CIS screens (Installed December 2018) and a help point.
Congleton is due to gain hourly Sunday services to Blackpool North and Stoke-on-Trent (A Northern franchise commitment due to commence in December 2017), although these services have been delayed at least until May 2020, due to driver contract issues. Congleton lost 1 peak service on Monday-Friday in each direction to/from Manchester in May 2018, one of which was reinstated in May 2019, leaving Manchester Piccadilly at 17:21. A later train from Manchester on weekdays was added leaving Manchester at 22:18.
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- Train times and station information for Congleton railway station from National Rail
- North Staffordshire Railway
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