Congleton railway station

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

Congleton
National Rail
Congleton station.jpg
Congleton railway station in 2018
LocationCongleton, Cheshire East
England
Grid referenceSJ872623
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Line(s)Stafford-Manchester
PlatformsOriginally 3[1]
2 in use[1]
Bus routes94 Congleton to Newcastle under Lyme (Towards Newcastle only)
Other information
Station codeCNG
ClassificationDfT category E
History
Opened9 October 1848
Original companyNorth Staffordshire Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway[2]
Key dates
1965Level crossing gates removed[3]
2004Refurbished[1][4]
2018Booking hall refurbished[1]
6 July 2020Cross Country services suspended[5][6]
2021Footbridge refurbished[1][7][8]
Passengers
2016/17Increase 0.347 million
2017/18Increase 0.348 million
2018/19Decrease 0.314 million
2019/20Increase 0.333 million
2020/21Decrease 58,250
Location
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

HistoryEdit

 
Congleton railway station in 1986.

The Stafford-Manchester line from Stoke-on-Trent to Congleton was opened on 9 October 1848 by the North Staffordshire Railway, with Congleton station opening on the same day.[9]

The station has, in the past, been subjected to vandalism.[10][11]

FacilitiesEdit

The station has a staffed ticket office which is open during weekday and Saturday mornings with two self-service ticket machines available for ticket purchases at other times as well as modern help points on both platforms.

There is a waiting room on the southbound platfrom[11] however this is boarded up and closed to the public.

The station has a chargeable car park and bicycle storage available. Step-free access is available to both the platforms at Congleton.[12]

ServicesEdit

 
Entrance to Congleton station

Off-peak service in trains per hour is:[13]

CrossCountry also operate a number of limited peak-hour services between Manchester Piccadilly, Birmingham New Street and Bournemouth although these services are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5][6]

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 was due to gain hourly Sunday services to Blackpool North as part of the Northern franchise when operated by Arriva Rail North. These improvements were cancelled when Northern Trains took over the Northern franchise.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Limited Service
Northern Trains
CrossCountry
Peak Hours Only Monday-Saturday Only

Accidents and incidentsEdit

On 27 December 1864 there was a collision between a London and North Western Railway goods engine and van and a North Staffordshire Railway passenger train at Congleton junction where the Biddulph Valley line joined the Stafford-Manchester line.[14]

On 17 February 1899 there was a collision at Congleton railway station.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Greensmith, Alex (17 November 2021). "VIDEO: Congleton Train Station passenger footbridge reopens after refurbishment". Congleton Nub News. Archived from the original on 17 November 2021. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Extracts from the Chronicle Files". The Congleton Chronicle. No. 11 November 2021. p. 6.
  3. ^ Stephens, W. B. (1970). History of Congleton. Manchester University Press. p. 116. ISBN 0719012457.
  4. ^ "NETWORK RAIL'S STATION CHALLENGE PROJECT". Network Rail. 14 June 2004. Archived from the original on 18 May 2021. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Covid-19 Timetable Changes". CrossCountry. Archived from the original on 25 January 2021. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  6. ^ a b Eadie, Richard (20 July 2020). "Letter: CrossCountry decision will "significantly impact" Congleton's rail service". Congleton Nub News. Archived from the original on 28 November 2021. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Refurbished Congleton station footbridge reopens for passengers". Network Rail. 16 November 2021. Archived from the original on 16 November 2021. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  8. ^ "Footbridge steps out after £320k upgrade". The Congleton Chronicle. No. 2 December 2021. p. 28.
  9. ^ Quick, Michael. "Railway Passenger Stations in Great Britain" (PDF). Railway & Canal Historical Society. p. 139. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  10. ^ "HELP US BEAT THE YOBS". Warrington Guardian. 24 March 2000. Archived from the original on 3 December 2021. Retrieved 3 December 2021.
  11. ^ a b "VANDALISM IS THE WORST IT HAS BEEN FOR 18 YEARS". Warrington Guardian. 5 January 2001. Archived from the original on 6 July 2020. Retrieved 3 December 2021.
  12. ^ "Congleton station information". Northern Trains. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  13. ^ Table 84 National Rail timetable, May 2020
  14. ^ Report of the Inspecting Officers of the Railway Department to the Lords of the Committee of the Privy Council for Trade upon certain accidents which have occurred on Tye Railways. Eyre & Spottiswoode. 1864. pp. 75–77.
  15. ^ Report on the Collision at Congleton Station on 17th February 1899 North Staffordshire Railway. Board of Trade. 1899.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 53°09′29″N 2°11′35″W / 53.158°N 2.193°W / 53.158; -2.193