Macclesfield railway station

Macclesfield railway station is a main line station serving the Cheshire town of Macclesfield. It lies on the Stafford to Manchester branch of the West Coast Main Line in the United Kingdom.

National Rail
Macclesfield station looking north, August 2014.jpg
Macclesfield Station, August 2014
LocationMacclesfield, Borough of Cheshire East
Grid referenceSJ919735
Managed byAvanti West Coast
Other information
Station codeMAC
ClassificationDfT category C1
Opened1 July 1873
2015/16Increase 1.614 million
2016/17Increase 1.661 million
2017/18Increase 1.667 million
2018/19Increase 1.709 million
2019/20Decrease 1.676 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Facilities at the station include ticket sales, a kiosk, a waiting room and public toilets. Before the bus station was relocated and rebuilt in 2004, the railway and bus stations were sited very close to each other.

It is one of the three stations that provide access to the Middlewood Way, which follows the route of the former Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway.


The London and North Western Railway (LNWR) opened the line between Manchester and Macclesfield on 19 June 1849. On this date the North Staffordshire Railway (NSR) completed the Congleton to Macclesfield section of its main Macclesfield - Stoke - Norton Bridge line. A new joint station, managed by a committee of both companies, was opened at Hibel Road a month later, replacing the temporary LNWR station at Beech Bridge.[1]

During the 1860s, the North Staffordshire Railway collaborated with the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire railway (MS&LR) to construct a joint railway between Macclesfield and Marple near Manchester. For the North Stafford this would provide a route to Manchester independently of the LNWR. For the MS&LR it would provide a link to Stoke-on-Trent and the south. The joint railway was constituted as the Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway (MB&M). It was opened throughout to a second, temporary Macclesfield station for passengers on 2 August 1869 and to goods on 1 March 1870. The MB&M then constructed its own permanent Macclesfield station called Macclesfield Central. It was just south of the LNWR station, which was renamed Macclesfield Hibel Road for clarity. The new MB&M station was connected to the rest of the joint line for goods on 3 April 1871 and opened for passengers on 1 July 1873. It closed to all traffic south of Rose Hill in January 1970.

On 7 November 1960, British Railways closed Macclesfield Hibel Road. Macclesfield Central was vastly remodelled and is now called simply Macclesfield station. As with other stations on the West Coast Main Line, Macclesfield station was rebuilt in the Brutalist style of architecture - the beauty of the building was perceived to be its very functionality, and its design follows the Modernist approach.[citation needed]

The station won the "Best Kept Station in Cheshire Award" for 2007, but was reported in summer 2011 to be "distinctly shabby", with peeling paintwork.[2]

There are three platforms but only two are in regular use, the up platform for services to Manchester and the down platform to Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham. Platform 3 sees a small number of services. Evidence of a fourth platform can be seen, on which a Network Rail building now exists.

Accidents and incidentsEdit


Trains arriving and departing station

Macclesfield is served by Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry and Northern Trains services.

Avanti West Coast and Northern Trains operate an hourly service northbound, with some peak time extras, to Manchester Piccadilly; and CrossCountry has two services an hour, giving Macclesfield four northbound trains per hour.

Southbound, there are also four trains per hour. One is to Stoke-on-Trent, operated by Northern Trains; one to London Euston, operated by Avanti West Coast; one to Bournemouth via Birmingham New Street and Reading; and one to Bristol Temple Meads, operated by CrossCountry.[4]

Sunday services are similar, but the local stopping service operated by Northern Trains is limited, with only 6 services to Manchester Piccadilly and 5 to Stoke-on-Trent.

Preceding station     National Rail   Following station
Avanti West Coast
Northern Trains
Stoke-on-Trent - Manchester Piccadilly
(Local stopping service)
TerminusNorthern Trains
Macclesfield - Manchester Piccadilly
(Local stopping service)
(Limited service)
Northern Trains
Stoke-on-Trent - Macclesfield
(Local stopping service)
(Limited service)
Preceding station   Historical railways   Following station
North Rode
Line open, station closed
  North Staffordshire Railway
Churnet Valley Line
Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Terminus   North Staffordshire Railway
Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway
Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway
Line and station closed



  1. ^ Jeuda p. 4.
  2. ^ Johnston, Howard (10 August 2011). "Regional News". Rail. Peterborough. p. 24.
  3. ^ Earnshaw, Alan (1990). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 6. Penryn: Atlantic Books. p. 45. ISBN 0-906899-37-0.
  4. ^ GB eNRT December 2019 Edition, Tables 65 & 84


  • Jeuda, Basil (1995). The Railways of Macclesfield. Scenes from the Past. 27. Foxline Publishing. ISBN 1-870119-44-4.

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Coordinates: 53°15′34″N 2°07′18″W / 53.2595°N 2.1217°W / 53.2595; -2.1217