- Wilmslow railway station
Infobox UK station
Wilmslow railway station serves the large south
Manchestersuburb and former village of Wilmslow, in the borough of Macclesfieldand the countyof Cheshire, England. The station is 19 km (12 miles) south of Manchester Piccadillyon the Crewe to Manchester Line.
This station is a junction on the
Crewe to Manchester Lineline six miles south of Stockport with the Styal Linefrom Wilmslow to Manchester Airport, with some trains then continuing to Manchester.
Both the Main Line and the Styal Line were electrified in 1959 as the first and, to a degree, the proving stage of the
West Coast Main Lineelectrification and modernisation programme. A significant feature of that stage was the construction and installation of a state of the art signal box and control centre located near the end of the Styal Line down platform at Wilmslow and serving virtually the entire railway from Creweto Manchester via both routes. The complexity of that installation was not repeated for the remainder of the electrification scheme, which had its control and signalling systems renewed in ways that were less highly automated.
In March 1997 the IRA exploded two bombs in relay boxes near this signal box, thereby causing great disruption to rail and road services, but fortunately there were no casualties. The railway reopened the following day. In April 2006 as part of the total renewal of the railway from Crewe to Cheadle Hulme near
Stockport, the massive 1959 signal boxhas been totally demolished.
Large scale resignalling of the line through Wilmslow was completed behind schedule in the Autumn of
There is a regular service northbound with
Northern Rail, Arriva Trains Walesand some Virgin Trainsstopping at Wilmslow towards Manchester Piccadilly.
Southbound Monday to Saturdays there are three trains per hour to Crewe with the hourly
Arriva Trains Walesservice going onwards towards Cardiff Central, Swansea and beyond. Some LondonEuston-bound Virgin Trainsfrom Manchester stop at Wilmslow.
* [http://www.crewe2manchesterrail.org.uk Crewe-Manchester Community Rail Partnership]
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