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Congleton railway station is a mainline station serving the Cheshire town of Congleton. It lies on the Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent branch of the West Coast Main Line in the United Kingdom.

Congleton National Rail
Congleton railway station, Staffordshire, geograph-4247269-by-Nigel-Thompson.jpg
Congleton railway station in 2014
Location
PlaceCongleton
Local authorityCheshire East
Grid referenceSJ872623
Operations
Station codeCNG
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 290,816
2014/15Increase 291,302
2015/16Increase 313,290
2016/17Increase 347,208
2017/18Increase 348,394
History
Key datesOpened 9 October 1848 (9 October 1848)
National RailUK railway stations
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* 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.

HistoryEdit

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.

 
Opening of the 105 ft (32 m) high 1,255 ft (383 m) long North Rode viaduct on 1 June 1848[1] The railway crosses the River Dane north of Congleton

In early privatisation, Virgin Trains served the station every two hours during the day, Monday to Saturday, as was agreed by Virgin Trains to prevent increased use of the line by stopping services.

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.

 
The station in 1986

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).

Current ServicesEdit

The station is managed by Northern, which operate an hourly service pattern to Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester Piccadilly Monday to Saturday.[2] 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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "When the Railway Came to North Rode" (PDF).
  2. ^ Table 84 National Rail timetable, December 2018

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