Stockport Tiviot Dale railway station

Stockport Tiviot Dale was one of two main railway stations serving the town of Stockport, Cheshire, England; the other being Stockport Edgeley (now simply referred to as Stockport).

Stockport Tiviot Dale
Stockport Tiviot Dale railway station c.1902.jpg
Stockport Tiviot Dale railway station c.1902
LocationStockport, Metropolitan Borough of Stockport
Coordinates53°24′53″N 2°09′28″W / 53.4148°N 2.1579°W / 53.4148; -2.1579Coordinates: 53°24′53″N 2°09′28″W / 53.4148°N 2.1579°W / 53.4148; -2.1579
Grid referenceSJ896908
Other information
Original companyStockport, Timperley and Altrincham Junction Railway
Pre-groupingCheshire Lines Committee
Post-groupingCheshire Lines Committee
Key dates
1 December 1865 (1865-12-01)Station opened as Stockport Teviot Dale
circa 1874Renamed Stockport Tiviot Dale
2 January 1967 (1967-01-02)Station closed

Tiviot Dale was named after Teviotdale in Scotland. Prince Charles Stuart camped to the north of the town in 1745.[1]

Location and operating companiesEdit

A 1903 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing the station as Teviot Dale, a name often used locally; also the CLC line (in orange) through the station. The joining Midland Railway line (in green) is shown near Heaton Mersey, as are the nearby goods depots at Wellington Road and Portwood

Tiviot Dale station was located on the Cheshire Lines Committee (CLC) operated Stockport, Timperley and Altrincham Junction Railway line from Portwood to Skelton Junction, a section of what became the Woodley to Glazebrook line. It was situated at the bottom of Lancashire Hill, next to the present motorway bridge. It was opened on 1 December 1865 [2] and was originally known as Stockport Teviot Dale. From 1880, Tiviot Dale was also served by long-distance trains running on the Manchester South District Railway to London St Pancras.[3]

Tiviot Dale remained a part of the CLC, which was jointly owned from 1923 by the London and North Eastern Railway (two-thirds) and the London Midland and Scottish Railway (one-third), until 1948 when it became part of the British Railways London Midland Region.

Station facilities and train servicesEdit

The Prince of Wales inspecting the guard of honour at Tiviot Dale Station, 1908

The station buildings were substantially built. The main building with booking hall, waiting rooms etc. was located on the south side of the line, approached from Tiviot Dale. It had an ornate Jacobean-style external facade incorporating a long covered portico.[4] There were four lines passing through the station; the central pair permitting goods and other trains to pass through without affecting trains stopping in the two main passenger platforms. There were shorter stub lines to the outer sides of the main platforms to accommodate local trains.[5] A covered footbridge with an unusual arched profile linked the two sides of the station. Tiviot Dale signal box was located just west of the station on the south side of the lines.[6]

A small two-line engine shed was located immediately to the north of the station between 1866 and 1889, with a turntable and six short storage lines. It closed on the opening of Heaton Mersey engine shed in early 1889.[7] Services from the station included routes to Manchester Central, Liverpool Central via Warrington Central, Sheffield via the Hope Valley line, Buxton and Derby via Millers Dale.

Station closureEdit

The station was closed by British Railways on 2 January 1967,[2] with most of its services having fallen victim to the Beeching Axe between 1964 and 1966. The station was demolished the following year. The lines through the station remained in heavy use by coal trains heading for Fiddlers Ferry power station near Warrington from the Woodhead Line. These, however, ceased in 1980 [3] when damage was caused to the nearby Tiviot Dale tunnel during construction work on the M63 motorway (now M60 motorway) and the line temporarily closed for safety reasons. The closure was made permanent west of Bredbury's stone terminal in 1982, following the demise of the Woodhead route; the track was subsequently lifted in 1986 and the tunnel partially filled in. The area surrounding the station was further altered at the beginning of the 21st century to allow the construction of a supermarket and office buildings, which now block the old trackbed.


  1. ^ 28DL Urban Explorers- Secret Stockport
  2. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 220
  3. ^ a b Disused Stations - Stockport Tiviot Dale; Retrieved 2013-08-05
  4. ^ Johnson 1989, p. 239
  5. ^ Bolger 1984, p. 76
  6. ^ Johnson 1995, pp. 76–77
  7. ^ Bolger 1984, p. 104
  • Bolger, Paul (1984), An Illustrated History of the Cheshire Lines Committee, Heyday Publishing, ISBN 0-947562-00-1
  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995), The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens Ltd, ISBN 1-85260-508-1
  • Johnson, E.M. (1989), Railways in and around the Manchester Suburbs - 8, Foxline Publishing, ISBN 1-870119-07-X
  • Johnson, E.M. (1995), The Midland Route from Manchester - 1 - Central to New Mills, Foxline Publishing, ISBN 1-870119-20-7

External linksEdit

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Cheadle North
Line and station closed
  Cheshire Lines Committee   Reddish North
Line closed, station open
Line closed, station open
Line closed, station open
Heaton Mersey
Line and station closed
  Midland Railway   Reddish North
Line closed, station open