Mauldeth Road railway station

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Mauldeth Road National Rail
Mauldeth Road railway station (3).JPG
Departing Class 323 at Mauldeth Road railway station in 2013
Local authorityManchester
Grid referenceSJ862931
Station codeMAU
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryD
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 346,672
2014/15Decrease 321,878
2015/16Increase 356,798
2016/17Increase 398,882
2017/18Decrease 379,964
Passenger Transport Executive
PTETransport for Greater Manchester
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Mauldeth Road from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Mauldeth Road railway station (known as Mauldeth Road for Withington until 1974) is a suburban railway station serving the Ladybarn area of Manchester, England. It is the last station before Manchester Piccadilly on the Styal Line and was electrified in 1959.

The station sits on the Styal Line to Manchester Airport, one of the congested lines on the national rail network.[1] Historically it has been served by a half-hourly service to Manchester Airport/Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly, however since May 2018 services operate on a 'skip-stop' basis at irregular intervals to increase capacity on the line. As a designated Northern Connect stop, a direct express service to Liverpool was introduced as part of this timetable change.


Mauldeth Road railway station in 1989.

The station opened in 1909 south of Longsight (Slade Lane Junction) as Mauldeth Road for Withington, being renamed Mauldeth Road on 6 May 1974,[2] and now serves the Manchester-Crewe (via Manchester Airport) rail route, used by Northern for stopping services to Manchester Airport. Its coal sidings closed in the 1960s, along with its original platform buildings on the up (southbound) side.

The remaining wooden ticket office on the down side burned down on Bonfire Night in 1986; thereafter the ticket office was a small prefabricated unit at the bottom of the station approach.

It caters mainly for commuter traffic, being electrified at 25 kV AC overhead, and is used by EMU traffic. Some evening services are operated by TransPennine Express with DMUs.

2006 redevelopment[edit]

Mauldeth Road in 1989 with concrete platforms from the 1960s
The station was modernised in 2006 with new steel platforms and shelters

As part of a £12 million station modernisation programme on the Manchester Airport Line, re-building work on Mauldeth Road railway station commenced in autumn 2006.[3] Network Rail were able to keep the station operational for most of the time by demolishing the existing platforms in small parts and using temporary platforms. There was a temporary footbridge spanning the platforms while the pedestrians' access ramp to the northbound platform was out of use during renovation; the footbridge offered a vantage point for views over Manchester.[4] As part of the re-building work new steel platforms, modern waiting shelters, new lighting and access ramps were constructed with work completed by June 2007.[5]

Recent developments[edit]

Following extensive redevelopment of the station in 2006, passenger numbers doubled from approximately 148,000 to 323,000 in the five years between 2007 and 2012.[6]

The portakabin ticket office used since the late 1980s was closed and removed in April 2013. A new purpose-built ticket office funded by Network Rail was constructed in summer 2013 and opened in October 2013.[7]

In March 2017 the old rail bridge over Mauldeth Road, originally from when the line opened in 1909 had come to end of its life and was replaced with a new bridge.

2018 timetable recast[edit]

Historically, the station has been served by a half-hourly Northern service each way to Manchester Piccadilly and Crewe. In 1993 following the opening of the railway station at Manchester Airport, every other service terminated and commenced at Manchester Airport while another continued onto either Wilmslow, Alderley Edge or Crewe.

The new 2018 timetable was the most radical in decades and notable for its poor introduction which was marked by many delays and cancellations. As part of the May 2018 timetable change, the Styal Line to the Airport now operates on a skip-stop basis to free up additional capacity for express trains. Consequently, Mauldeth Road station is still served by two services per hour but at more irregular intervals and not all services stop at the four other commuter stations on the Styal Line (Burnage, East Didsbury, Gatley and Heald Green) as has been the case historically.

Additionally, services were extended to Liverpool Lime Street - allowing for the service to utilise the two through platforms (13 and 14) at Piccadilly rather than terminating into a bay platform - which prevents the services from cutting across the 'throat' of the approach into Piccadilly and reducing capacity for trans-pennine services.


The station has a ticket office which is closed in the weekend. There are also ticket machines at the station. There is step-free access to both platforms. Next to Platform 2, there is a station car park.



Since the opening of Manchester Airport railway station in 1993, the Monday to Saturday service pattern was 2 trains per hour to Manchester Piccadilly. 2 trains per hour operated in the opposite direction - one to Manchester Airport and the other continued onto Crewe until 17:53, then terminated at Wilmslow in the evening. Sunday services consisted of 1 train per hour to Manchester Airport, with one service every 2 hours continuing to Alderley Edge and 1 train an hour to Manchester Piccadilly.


Since May 2018, the Monday to Saturday service pattern is as follows:

Sunday services consist of:


  1. ^ "Timetable recast: too much, too quickly". Railway Gazette. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  2. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (July 1974). "Notes and News: Stations renamed by LMR". Railway Magazine. Vol. 120 no. 879. London: IPC Transport Press Ltd. p. 363. ISSN 0033-8923.
  3. ^ "Good News for Passengers - Revamped East Didsbury Station Open on Time" (Press release). Network Rail. 13 September 2006. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 25 October 2007.
  4. ^ "Stunning views over Manchester from Mauldeth Rd station temporary footbridge". Retrieved 1 November 2007.
  5. ^ "Construction in the UK Transport Industry" (PDF). Unite the Union. Retrieved 25 October 2007.
  6. ^ "Estimates of station usage". Office for Rail and Road. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Metrolink and Rail Networks - 1 November 2013" (PDF). Transport for Greater Manchester. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  8. ^ Table 85 National Rail timetable, December 2018

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Burnage   TransPennine Express
South TransPennine
  Manchester Piccadilly
Burnage   Northern
Manchester to Liverpool via Chat Moss
  Manchester Piccadilly
Manchester Airport or
East Didsbury
Manchester to Liverpool via Warrington Central
  Manchester Piccadilly
Burnage   Northern
Manchester to Preston Line
  Manchester Piccadilly
  Future Services  
Manchester Airport   Northern Connect
Liverpool Lime Street - Manchester Airport
  Manchester Piccadilly
Burnage   Northern Connect
Blackpool North - Manchester Airport
  Manchester Piccadilly
Gatley   Northern Connect
Barrow-In-Furness/Windermere - Manchester Airport
  Manchester Piccadilly


Coordinates: 53°26′02″N 2°12′31.50″W / 53.43389°N 2.2087500°W / 53.43389; -2.2087500