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The Stafford–Manchester line is a branch of the West Coast Main Line (Network Rail Route 18) serving Stafford, Norton Bridge, Stone, Stoke-on-Trent, Kidsgrove, Congleton, Macclesfield, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport and Manchester.
West Midlands (region)
North West England
|Operator(s)||Avanti West Coast|
East Midlands Railway
London Northwestern Railway
|Line length||53.9 miles (86.7 km)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
Avanti West CoastEdit
Avanti West Coast operate inter-city services between London Euston via the Colwich spur to Manchester Piccadilly. With only two services between London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly going via Stone.
CrossCountry services operate between Birmingham New Street / The South Country and Manchester Piccadilly. Between Cheadle Hulme (where it joins the Crewe–Manchester line) and Manchester, the line forms part of Network Rail Route 20.
London Northwestern RailwayEdit
Local services between Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent (calling at Stone) are operated by West Midlands Trains, branded London Northwestern Railway, as part of the London-Crewe service started in December 2008. Between 2004 and 2008 there was no stopping service on the route, with a replacement bus service taking its place. However Wedgwood and Barlaston stations are still without a train service although they were never officially closed and are still served by rail-replacement bus services. Norton Bridge also lost its services at the same time but was formally closed in December 2017 after 13 years of no rail service.
Frequent local services between Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester are operated by Northern.
East Midlands RailwayEdit
The line was completed in 1848 and incorporated the main line of the North Staffordshire Railway from the junction with the London and North Western Railway at Norton Bridge via its principal station at Stoke-on-Trent to Macclesfield where it made a running junction again with the London & North Western Railway, which had its own station at Macclesfield (Hibel Road), which was closed by British Rail. The North Staffordshire Railway became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923.
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