- Marple railway station
Marple Location Place Marple Local authority Stockport Operations Station code MPL Managed by Northern Rail Number of platforms 2 Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage 2004/05 * 0.308 million 2006/07 * 0.314 million 2007/08 * 0.335 million 2008/09 * 0.427 million 2009/10 * 0.407 million Passenger Transport Executive PTE Greater Manchester History Opened 1862 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 Marple from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
The line was built in conjunction with the Midland Railway's extension of its line to Millers Dale, thus it was also used by the latter's trains from London to Manchester Store Street (later called London Road, now Piccadilly). Until the Midland moved to Manchester Central, in 1880, as a member of the Cheshire Lines Committee, Marple was where carriages for Liverpool would be attached or detached.
At the time it had extensive station buildings - the Midland waiting room having upholstered seats and a coal fire in an attractive fireplace for cold winter days. It was rebuilt in 1970, with the MS&L facilities being demolished, and new brick buildings replacing the Midland's offices.
From Marple to Romiley, the line passes through Marple Tunnel to the junction with the short branch to Rose Hill Marple then over the 308-yard (282 m) long stone viaduct that crosses the River Goyt and the Peak Forest Canal. The River Goyt is a tributary of the River Mersey. Alongside the viaduct is the Marple Aqueduct, which carries the Peak Forest Canal, over the River Goyt.
It has been said that Agatha Christie used the name of the station for her character "Miss Marple" as she frequently passed through the station when visiting her family at Abney Hall.
The station is well served by trains to and from Manchester Piccadilly on weekdays, with three services per hour for much of the day. One serves all local stations as far as Ashburys, whilst the others omit some or most of the intermediate stations en-route. These all run via Bredbury - passenger wishing to travel over the original route via Hyde have to change trains at Romiley. There are two services per hour eastwards to New Mills (although not at even intervals) and a two-hourly extension along the Hope Valley to Sheffield (this increases to hourly on Saturdays).
Sundays see a two-hourly service in each direction.
Tickets to and from Rose Hill are valid on board all Manchester Piccadilly bound trains from Marple Station/.
From December 2010, 1 of the present 3tph from Marple to Manchester Piccadilly will be diverted to start at Rose Hill (xx52 to Manchester Piccadilly).
As part of Manchester's Transport Innovation Fund (TIF) bid, which would see a weekday peak time congestion charge introduced on roads into the city centre in order for a £3bn injection into the region's public transport, Marple would have seen an increase to four services per hour in both directions throughout the day to Manchester Piccadilly.
The line would have effectively been run as a metro-style operation, offering users of Marple and other stations along the route the ease of showing up without needing to know exact departure times. However, no "station improvements" are planned, despite the comparatively high usage of this suburban station.
The rejection of the TIF plans in a public referendum in December 2008 has left the future of the scheme in serious doubt (GMPTE having decided to no longer pursue the proposals following the 'No' vote) and as such further service improvements are unlikely in the short term.
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