- Congleton railway station
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 * 129,987 2006/07 * 158,185 2007/08 * 177,779 2008/09 * 188,128 2009/10 * 213,650 History Opened 9th October 1848 National Rail - UK railway stations A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z * 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.
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 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%.
Preceding station National Rail Following station CrossCountry Northern RailStoke-Manchester Railway stations in Cheshire West Coast Main Line Crewe to Manchester Line Styal Line Crewe to Derby Line Stoke to Manchester Line Buxton Line Mid-Cheshire Line Manchester to Liverpool Line Ellesmere Port to Warrington Line Wirral Line Welsh Marches Line Borderlands Line Shrewsbury to Chester LineChester • Lache (proposed)
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