Styal Line


Styal Line
Styal Line
Overview
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale Greater Manchester
Cheshire
North West England
Operation
Opened 1909
Owner Network Rail
Technical
Track gauge Standard gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
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Station on track Head station
Manchester Piccadilly Manchester Metrolink
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Junction to left Continuation to right
Hope Valley Line
Straight track
Track turning from left Junction to right
Stafford to Manchester Line
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Crewe to Manchester Line
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and Buxton Line
Stop on track
Mauldeth Road
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Burnage
Stop on track
East Didsbury
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Gatley
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Heald Green
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Spur to Manchester Airport
End station Straight track
Manchester Airport
Airport Straight track
Stop on track
Styal
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Track turning left Junction from right
Station on track
Wilmslow
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Crewe to Manchester Line


The Styal Line is a railway line in south Manchester and north-east Cheshire. It runs from Slade Lane Junction, some 2 km south of Manchester Piccadilly, to Wilmslow. There also is a spur to Manchester Airport. The line is an early commuter line running through many suburban stations. It was electrified in 1959 as part of the West Coast Main Line electrification scheme but most of the trains now using the line are diesel powered. The branch to the airport leaves the Styal Line via a triangular junction between Heald Green and Styal.

Services are currently operated by:

  • TransPennine Express, which run trains on this line through Manchester Piccadilly (main line terminal platforms). Their services are through services from across the north of England including Newcastle upon Tyne, Middlesbrough, York and Leeds, and from Cleethorpes via Sheffield also serving Manchester suburban stations en route. Their trains also operate from Barrow-in-Furness, Windermere via Preston, Bolton and Manchester Piccadilly.

History

In early twentieth century the line between Manchester Piccadilly and Stockport became unable to cope with the increasing traffic. To solve the problem, a new route avoiding Stockport was constructed by the London and North Western Railway. It ran from Slade Lane Junction (located in Longsight, Manchester) to Wilmslow through what was then mainly a rural area. The primary purpose was to provide a bypass for express trains, but a few wooden stations were built on the line to encourage suburban development. In practice, very few expresses latterly used the line, as it was necessary for most trains to serve the important station at Stockport.
The line opened in 1909, and from 1923 was operated by the London Midland and Scottish Railway. The Manchester Airport spur was added in 1993 (initially towards Heald Green only, the link towards Styal was added a few years later)

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