Macclesfield railway station (Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway)
Macclesfield railway station was a short lived railway station serving the town of Macclesfield in Cheshire, England. It was opened in 1869 by the Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway (MB&M) - a joint line constructed and operated by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway (MS&L) and North Staffordshire Railways (NSR) - and closed in 1873.
|Location||Macclesfield, Cheshire East|
|Original company||Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Macclesfield Committee of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway and North Staffordshire Railways|
|Post-grouping||Group Committee No. 1 of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway and London and North Eastern Railways|
|2 August 1869||Opened|
|1 July 1873||Closed|
The MB&M was built with the intention of connecting to the main London and North Western Railway (LNWR) / NSR line between Manchester and Stoke however there were numerous difficulties to be overcome; the route through town, the reluctance of the local authority to allow the railway to bridge over the River Bollin and the lack of co-operation from the LNWR to agree to a site for a station on the Manchester - Stoke line. The board of the MB&M therefore decided to open a temporary station on land they already owned to allow services to commence. The station, known simply as Macclesfield, opened on 2 August 1869 and was the southern terminus of the line. From there passengers made a short walk to the joint LNWR/NSR station at Macclesfield Hibel Road to catch services to and from the south.
Four years elapsed before a route for the line through the town was constructed and a new joint NSR/MS&L station at Macclesfield Central built. The new Central station opened on 1 July 1873 and the old station closed the same day. Following closure the old station buildings were used as stables for the horses working in the MB&M goods yard until the buildings were demolished in 1947. In 1919 they had seen temporary use, once again, as a passenger station when rebuilding work of the section of line to Central station was undertaken.
- Jeuda, Basil (1983). The Macclesfield, Bollington & Marple Railway: The Great Central and North Staffordshire Joint Railway. Eaton Press. ISBN 0904532-04-6.
- Quick, Michael (2009) . Railway passenger stations in Great Britain: a chronology (4th ed.). Oxford: Railway & Canal Historical Society. ISBN 978-0-901461-57-5. OCLC 612226077.
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
|Bollington||Great Central Railway & North Staffordshire Railway
Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway