Congleton railway station


Congleton railway station
Congleton National Rail
Congleton
Congleton railway station in 1986
Photograph by Ben Brooksbank
Location
Place Congleton
Local authority Cheshire East
Operations
Station code CNG
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage
2004/05 * 97,992
2005/06 * increase129,987
2006/07 * increase158,185
2007/08 * increase177,779
2008/09 * increase188,128
2009/10 * increase213,650
History
Opened 9th October 1848 (9th October 1848)
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* Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Congleton from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
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Congleton railway station is a main line station serving the Cheshire town of Congleton. It lies on the Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent branch of the West Coast Main Line, in the United Kingdom.

The line from Stoke as far as Congleton was opened on 9 October 1848, with Congleton station opening on this day, being owned by the North Staffordshire Railway.

Previous service pattern

Since early privatisation, Virgin trains have served the station every two hours during the day on Monday to Saturdays. This was agreed by Virgin Trains in order to prevent increased use of the line by Stopping Services.

Until 2003, Congleton was served on Monday to Friday by around 19 local stopping services which consisted of approximately 11 southbound services (one starting from Macclesfield) and 9 trains northbound (some semi-fast). The number of local services operating on Saturday varied but remained similar to weekday services. 3 trains each way operated on a Sunday.

All these local services were operated by North Western trains, who were latterly known as First North Western.

From 2003-2008 there were 7 trains a day Monday to Friday, 3 southbound (one from Macclesfield only) and 4 northbound (one semi-fast). On Saturdays there were 2 trains southbound (one from Macclesfield only) and 2 trains northbound. On Sundays there were three trains in each direction. These were operated by Northern from 2004.

Additionally Virgin Trains (CrossCountry from 2007) operated increased services Monday to Saturday to Stockport, Manchester Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham New Street. Brighton, Reading, Guildford, Gatwick Airport and also London (Euston).

Today

Today the station is managed by Northern who now operate an hourly service pattern to Stoke-On-Trent and Manchester Piccadilly Monday-Saturday. Additionally Arriva CrossCountry operate a limited service at Peak times.

Sundays still see a skeletal service of 3 trains in each direction, which usually run in the Late Afternoon/Early Evening. However there will be one additional service from December 2011 which will be funded by Transport for Greater Manchester and East Cheshire Council, who will contribute 39%.

External links

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
CrossCountry
Northern Rail
Stoke-Manchester

Coordinates: 53°09′29″N 2°11′35″W / 53.158°N 2.193°W / 53.158; -2.193


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