Crewe to Manchester Line


Crewe to Manchester Line
Crewe to Manchester Line
Overview
Locale Stockport
Crewe
Cheshire
Greater Manchester
North West England
Operation
Owner Network Rail
Technical
Track gauge Standard gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Crewe to Manchester Line
Legend
Head station
Salford Crescent
Station on track
Deansgate (Manchester Metrolink G-Mex)
Station on track
Manchester Oxford Road
Station on track
Manchester Piccadilly Manchester Metrolink
Track turning from left Junction to right
Stop on track Straight track
Mauldeth Road
Straight track Stop on track
Levenshulme
Stop on track Straight track
Burnage
Straight track Stop on track
Heaton Chapel
Stop on track Straight track
East Didsbury
Straight track Station on track
Stockport
Stop on track Straight track
Gatley
Straight track Stop on track
Cheadle Hulme
Straight track Junction to left Continuation to right
Stafford to Manchester Line
Stop on track Straight track
Heald Green
Straight track Stop on track
Handforth
Transverse terminus from left Unknown BSicon "ABZrd" Straight track
Manchester Airport
Stop on track Straight track
Styal
Track turning left Junction from right
Station on track
Wilmslow
Stop on track
Alderley Edge
Stop on track
Chelford
Stop on track
Goostrey
Stop on track
Holmes Chapel
Continuation to left Junction from right
To Northwich (Freight only)
Stop on track
Sandbach
Station on track
Crewe
Continuation forward
West Coast Main Line

The Crewe to Manchester Line is a railway line in north west England, running from Crewe north east to Manchester.

The line serves the following places: Crewe; Sandbach; Holmes Chapel; Goostrey; Chelford; Alderley Edge; Wilmslow; Cheadle Hulme; Stockport and Manchester.

The line was built by the Manchester and Birmingham Railway Company, which diverted to Crewe in 1841 and merged in 1846 with others to form the London and North Western Railway Company, which in turn became part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923.

The line from Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly (including the Styal Line) was the first section of the West Coast Main Line to be electrified, in 1959. The line was recently upgraded as part of the West Coast Main Line upgrade. A full service resumed on the line in March 2007.

The line is joined at Cheadle Hulme by the WCML line from London via Stoke-on-Trent and at Stockport by the Mid-Cheshire Line from Chester and by the Hope Valley Line from Sheffield joined with the Manchester to Buxton Line.

In April 2006, Network Rail organised its maintenance and train control operations into "26 Routes" and the Crewe to Manchester line was included in Route 20 (North West Urban).

Services

Services on the line are provided by Northern Rail, which operates trains from Crewe via Wilmslow and the Styal Line to Manchester Airport and to Manchester via Stockport. Arriva Trains Wales operate a through express service from Milford Haven and Cardiff via the Welsh Marches Line to Manchester. Virgin Trains operate West Coast Main Line services from London Euston to Manchester.

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