- Chester-Manchester Line
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There are two Chester to Manchester Lines between the cities of
Chesterand Manchesterin North West England.
Both routes to Manchester share the Chester to Crewe line for a short distance to Brook Lane Junction where the Manchester lines diverge to Mickle Trafford at which point the southern route of the
Cheshire Lines Committee(see the Mid-Cheshire Line) diverges south-easterly to Mouldsworth whilst the considerably older route built by the London and North Western Railwaycontinues to Helsby(junction from Ellesmere Port), Frodsham, Runcorn East (junction for the Halton Curve). Then through the Sutton Tunnel (over a mile long) and northwards alongside the West Coast Main Lineinto Warrington Bank Quay railway station.
Warringtonthe route follows the original Grand Junction Railwayroute northwards through Winwick Junction to Earlestown where it joins George Stephenson's original Liverpool and Manchester Railway, which was the world's first inter-city railway, having opened in 1830. From here this venerable route is via Newton-le-Willows, Patricroftand Ecclesand then either via the earlier route to Manchester Victoria stationor, as at present, via Ordsall Lane and Castlefield junctions, joining the Manchester to Preston Lineand on to Deansgate, Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly stationat platforms 13 & 14.
Arriva Trains Walesoperate an hourly service throughout between Manchesterand Chester(no trains stop at Patricroft, Eccles or Deansgate, which are served by Liverpool to Manchester Lines) and onwards calling at all stations to Llandudnoon the North Wales Coast Line. Class 175units are primarily used for the services between Manchester and North Wales, using the northern section through Warrington Bank Quay and Frodsham.
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