Gorton railway station
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|Original company||Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Central Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway|
|23 May 1842||Opened as Gorton|
|25 August 1906||Resited and renamed Gorton and Openshaw|
|1 May 1926||Renamed Gorton|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Gorton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
It was opened by the Great Central Railway (GCR) on 25 August 1906 and replaced an earlier station that opened on the line on 23 May 1842. From 1 January 1923, the station was operated by the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER). The new station was on the busy Woodhead Route to Sheffield Victoria and had four platforms. The original station was situated 200 yards (180 m) west of the present station. From its opening, the new station was named Gorton and Openshaw, and it reverted to its original name by 1977. It was referred to as Openshaw in the 1964 song "Slow Train" by Flanders and Swann. Only two platforms now remain in use.
The station has a ticket office, which is manned on a part-time basis six days per week (06:25-13:30 weekdays, 07:00-14:10 Saturdays). At other times, tickets must be purchased in advance or on the train. There are no permanent buildings left at platform level other than basic waiting shelters. Train running information is offered via timetable posters, digital CIS displays and telephone. Step-free access is available to both platforms via ramps from the entrance and footbridge.
The majority of Monday to Friday daytime trains are serviced by the Rose Hill Marple diesel multiple unit service (twice an hour each way). Early morning, rush hour and late evening services operate to and from Glossop and Hadfield using Class 323 electric multiple units (as there is only a limited late evening service on the Rose Hill line).
On Saturday morning two services operate to/from Hadfield, and the evening services also operate to Hadfield. During the rest of the day services operate to/from Rose Hill Marple or Marple (hourly to each). On Sundays, all trains operate to/from Hadfield.
- The Directory of Railway Stations, R.V.J. Butt, 1995, Patricks Stephens Ltd, ISBN 1-85260-508-1
- Jowett's Railway Centres Volume 1 (Alan Jowett, published PSL 1993)
- Gorton station facilities National Rail Enquiries
- Northern Rail Timetable 22 - Manchester - Rose Hill/New Mills CentralNorthern Rail
- Realtime Trains website
- Northern Rail Timetable 24 - Manchester - Hadfield/Glossop
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