Gorton railway station

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Gorton National Rail
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Location
PlaceGorton
Local authorityManchester
Grid referenceSJ889969
Operations
Station codeGTO
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 0.119 million
2014/15Decrease 0.099 million
2015/16Increase 0.101 million
2016/17Increase 0.113 million
2017/18Increase 0.116 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTEGreater Manchester
History
Original companySheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Central Railway
Post-groupingLondon and North Eastern Railway
23 May 1842 (1842-05-23)Opened as Gorton
25 August 1906Resited and renamed Gorton and Openshaw
1 May 1926Renamed Gorton
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Gorton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Gorton railway station serves Gorton district of the city of Manchester, England. The station is on the Manchester-Glossop Line and the 2 12 miles (4.0 km) east of Manchester Piccadilly.

It was opened by the Great Central Railway (GCR) on 25 August 1906 and replaced an earlier station that opened on the line on 23 May 1842. From 1 January 1923, the station was operated by the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER).[1] The new station was on the busy Woodhead Route to Sheffield Victoria and had four platforms. The original station was situated 200 yards (180 m) west of the present station. From its opening, the new station was named Gorton and Openshaw,[1] and it reverted to its original name by 1977.[2] It was referred to as Openshaw in the 1964 song "Slow Train" by Flanders and Swann. Only two platforms now remain in use.

Facilities[edit]

The station has a ticket office, which is manned on a part-time basis six days per week (06:25-13:30 weekdays, 07:00-14:10 Saturdays). At other times, tickets must be purchased in advance or on the train. There are no permanent buildings left at platform level other than basic waiting shelters. Train running information is offered via timetable posters, digital CIS displays and telephone. Step-free access is available to both platforms via ramps from the entrance and footbridge.[3]

Services[edit]

Gorton is served by eastbound trains to Rose Hill Marple, Glossop and Hadfield, with all westbound services terminating at Manchester Piccadilly.

The majority of Monday to Friday daytime trains are serviced by the Rose Hill Marple diesel multiple unit service (twice an hour each way).[4] Early morning, rush hour and late evening services operate to and from Glossop and Hadfield using Class 323 electric multiple units (as there is only a limited late evening service on the Rose Hill line).

On Saturday morning two services operate to/from Hadfield, and the evening services also operate to Hadfield. During the rest of the day services operate to/from Rose Hill Marple or Marple (hourly to each). On Sundays, all trains operate to/from Hadfield.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Directory of Railway Stations, R.V.J. Butt, 1995, Patricks Stephens Ltd, ISBN 1-85260-508-1
  2. ^ Jowett's Railway Centres Volume 1 (Alan Jowett, published PSL 1993)
  3. ^ Gorton station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  4. ^ Northern Rail Timetable 22 - Manchester - Rose Hill/New Mills CentralNorthern Rail
  5. ^ Realtime Trains website
  6. ^ Northern Rail Timetable 24 - Manchester - Hadfield/Glossop

External links[edit]

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Northern
Mondays-Saturdays only
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Manchester-Glossop Line
Disused railways
Hyde Road
Line and station closed
  Great Central Railway
Fallowfield Loop
  Ashburys
Line and station open

Coordinates: 53°28′8″N 2°10′4″W / 53.46889°N 2.16778°W / 53.46889; -2.16778