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East Didsbury is a suburban railway station in south Manchester, England.

East Didsbury National Rail
East Didsbury Railway Station (July 2015).jpg
View across to the southern platform in 2015
PlaceEast Didsbury
Local authorityManchester
Grid referenceSJ853903
Station codeEDY
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 0.310 million
2014/15Decrease 0.254 million
2015/16Increase 0.268 million
2016/17Increase 0.280 million
2017/18Decrease 0.264 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTETransport for Greater Manchester
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at East Didsbury from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

On the Styal Line between Longsight (Slade Lane Junction) and Wilmslow, it is served by Manchester-Crewe trains operated by Northern, and by some peak Manchester Airport services operated by TransPennine Express.

East Didsbury tram stop is close to the railway station.



East Didsbury Station was opened in 1909 by the London and North Western Railway and, until 6 May 1974, was called East Didsbury and Parrs Wood.[1][2] From 1923 the line was operated by the London Midland and Scottish Railway. Following the formation in 1948 of British Rail, rail services were operated by the London Midland Region of British Railways, then North-Western Regional Railways. The station was rebuilt in the 1959[3] by the architect to the London Midland section of British Rail, William Robert Headley.

Services to Manchester Airport began in 1993 upon the opening of the Manchester Airport spur. Upon privatisation of rail services in 1996/7, East Didsbury was served by the North Western Trains franchise.

Other Didsbury stationsEdit

Before the Beeching Axe of the 1960s, the Didsbury area was served by three railway stations: East Didsbury, Didsbury, and Withington and West Didsbury.

Didsbury opened in 1880 in the centre of Didsbury Village on the Midland Railway line which connected with the Cheshire Lines Committee line into Manchester Central. This connected to the Sheffield and Midland Railway Companies' Committee line from Chinley, and the Midland Railway used it for its express services from London St. Pancras. It closed in 1967 and, though the building was used for a while by a hardware dealer, it has now disappeared, apart from the platforms, a clock tower and a drinking fountain dedicated to the memory of a local philanthropist, Dr. D.J. Wilson (1847–1900).[4]

There was also Withington and West Didsbury, the next station on the line, the two being so similar in appearance that passengers sometimes alighted at the wrong one. Originally it was called "Withington", then from 1884 "Withington and Albert Park", receiving its final name in 1915. All that remains is a boundary wall; a block of flats (Brankgate Court) has been built on the site.


Mondays to Saturdays, the station has a basic service of three train per hour each way.

These consist of one tph between Liverpool Lime Street (via St Helens Junction) and Crewe or Manchester Airport using a Class 319 or Class 323 (evening services terminate at Wilmslow).

There is also 1 tph each between Preston and Manchester Airport using a Sprinter or Class 319 that stops here; northbound services go via Wigan North Western and continue to Blackpool North whereas southbound services start at Preston and take the route via Bolton. From May 2019, northbound services will no longer continue to Blackpool North, instead extending to Barrow in Furness (2tp3h) or Windermere (1tp3h); Southbound services will no longer call.

TransPennine Express services from Cleethorpes to Manchester Airport will also call towards Manchester Airport.

There is also an hourly off-peak service to and from Llandudno via Chester provided by Transport for Wales; this service starts at Manchester Airport using a Class 158 or Class 175.

On Sundays, the hourly Wilmslow - Airport - Piccadilly - Liverpool Lime Street calls here in each direction and the Airport - Piccadilly - Warrington - Liverpool calls here in each direction.[5]


  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens.
  2. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (July 1974). "Notes and News: Stations renamed by LMR". Railway Magazine. London: IPC Transport Press. 120 (879): 363. ISSN 0033-8923.
  3. ^ Lawrence, David (2018). British Rail Architecture 1948-97. Crecy Publishing Ltd. p. 65. ISBN 9780860936855.
  4. ^ Radford, J.B. (1988). Midland through the Peak: A pictorial history of the Midland Railway main line routes between Derby and Manchester. Paddock Wood: Unicorn Books. ISBN 978-1-85241-001-8
  5. ^ Table 85 National Rail timetable, December 2018

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