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Altrincham station

Place Altrincham
Local authority Trafford
Grid reference SJ770879
Station code ALT
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 4 (2 for National Rail, 2 for Metrolink)
station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2005/06 Increase 0.210 million
2006/07 Increase 0.223 million
2007/08 Increase 0.283 million
2008/09 Decrease 0.261 million
2009/10 Increase 0.265 million
2010/11 Increase 0.477 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Greater Manchester
Zone G
20 July 1849 Original MSJA railway station opens
3 April 1881 MSJA station replaced on current site
6 May 1974 Name changed form Altrincham and Bowdon to Altrincham
15 June 1992 Metrolink Service starts
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Altrincham from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
UK Railways portal

Altrincham Interchange is a transport hub in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, England. It consists of a bus station on Stamford Road, a Northern Rail-operated heavy rail station on the Mid-Cheshire Line, and a light rail stop which forms the terminus of Metrolink's Altrincham Line. The original heavy rail element of the station was opened by the Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway as Altrincham and Bowdon railway station in April 1881, changing to Altrincham railway station in May 1974. The Metrolink element opened in June 1992.

Altrincham Interchange has four platforms. Two bay platforms are used for Metrolink services. Two further through platforms serving train services between Manchester Piccadilly station and Chester railway station via Stockport railway station. A bus station on the edge of the complex provides road-based interchange, and there is also a taxi rank.[1]


The station was opened on 3 April 1881 as Altrincham & Bowdon by the Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway (MSJAR) to replace Altrincham (1st) railway station on Stockport Road and Bowdon station on Lloyd Street/Railway Street which both closed that day. All platforms were through, with Nos. 1 and 2 (nearest to the town) being used by the MSJAR.

The Cheshire Lines Committee (CLC) trains from Manchester Central to Northwich and Chester Northgate used platforms 3 and 4. The CLC also operated a service from Stockport Tiviot Dale via Northenden to Altrincham, latterly using Sentinel steam railcars, but this service ceased in late 1939.

The station became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The station then passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

Since 6 May 1974, the station has been named Altrincham.[2] In 1975 a new booking office was opened on platform 4 to serve the car park on the site of the former goods yard. Also in 1975 work, including the demolition of the glass covered canopy over the station entrance, began to convert the former station forecourt on Stamford New Road into a bus station which opened in November 1976. Thereafter the combined bus/rail station was referred to as Altrincham Interchange.

When Sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by Regional Railways under arrangement with the GMPTE until the Privatisation of British Railways.

British Rail electric trains between Manchester and Altrincham ceased serving the station on 24 December 1991. The former electric train platforms (1 and 2) reopened for use by Metrolink on 15 June 1992.

A new roof for platform 1 costing £180,000 was installed in 2006. This platform had been uncovered since glazed panels were removed in 2003 due to safety concerns. The new roof is made of coated steel with clear panels to let in the light.[3]

The station clock tower on Stamford New Road is a Grade II listed structure.


The Interchange is being redeveloped in 2013-14 by Laing O'Rourke. The project has been partly funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. As a consequence of the redevelopment the bus station is currently closed and buses depart from various places around Altrincham, additionally the footbridge between platforms 1 and 2 is also closed and passengers are required to walk around the buffers.

Car access

There is provision for private cars to pick up and drop off passengers on the south side of the station (by Platform 4) off Oldfield Street; the two lane, six space bay marked "Passenger Drop-off" next to the car-park, with its own disabled wheelchair ramp and parking arrangements.

Rail and Metrolink services

Location of Altrincham in Greater Manchester
Place Altrincham
Local authority Trafford

53°23′15″N 2°20′50″W / 53.3875°N 2.3472°W / 53.3875; -2.3472Coordinates: 53°23′15″N 2°20′50″W / 53.3875°N 2.3472°W / 53.3875; -2.3472

Platforms 2
Fare zone information
Metrolink Zone G
Present status In operation
Original operator Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Pre-grouping company Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Post-grouping company Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Conversion to Metrolink operation 1992
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There is a basic hourly service in each direction on the Mid-Cheshire line on Mondays to Saturdays with two peak extras to/from Stockport. The through service to Blackpool ceased to run from 15 December 2008.

On Sundays there were five trains to and from Chester but these all terminated here prior to the timetable change, there being no service onwards to Stockport & Manchester. Through passengers had to use the Metrolink service to continue their journey (connections were advertised in the 2007-8 timetable and National Rail tickets were valid for through trips). From December 2008 however, the service frequency has been improved (to two-hourly each way) and through running to Stockport & Manchester reinstated for the first time since the early nineties. These services continue on to Bolton and Southport.

There is a frequent Metrolink service to Manchester and Bury, with a tram every six minutes to Manchester for most of the day (alternate trams running to Bury, avoiding Piccadilly). Monday-Saturday evening and Sunday daytime journeys run every 12 minutes to Piccadilly only with journeys to Bury requiring a change of trams at Piccadilly Gardens, while Sunday evening journeys run every 15 minutes to Piccadilly.[4]

Service pattern

  • 5 trams per hour to Piccadilly
  • 5 trams per hour to Bury
  • 1 train per hour to Piccadilly via Stockport
  • 1 train per hour to Chester
Preceding station   Manchester Metrolink   Following station
Terminus Altrincham – Bury Line
Navigation Road
toward Bury
Altrincham – Piccadilly Line
Navigation Road
toward Piccadilly
National Rail
Hale   Northern Rail
Mid-Cheshire Line
  Navigation Road
Historical railways
Line and station open
  Cheshire Lines Committee
Mid-Cheshire Line
Line and station open
Disused railways
Baguley   Cheshire Lines Committee
Stockport, Timperley and Altrincham Junction Railway

Bus services

TfGM own and maintain the bus station located on the former station forecourt, which consists of eleven stands lettered A to M. Stands F to K are located within a subsidiary traffic island that is only accessible via the marked pedestrian crossings over the main busway. There is a Travelshop, cafe and newsagents located adjoining the railway station.

Local bus services operate to locations within Trafford. Buses also operate to Manchester, Wythenshawe, Stockport, Manchester Airport, Wilmslow, Knutsford, Warrington, The Trafford Centre and Eccles. The main bus operator is Arriva North West but other significant operators include Stagecoach Manchester, Warrington Borough Transport, Warrington Coachways and Vale Travel.


External links

  • National Rail
  • Metrolink Times Information
  • Metrolink Stop Information
  • Altrincham Metrolink area map
  • Transport for Greater Manchester
  • Mid-Cheshire Community Rail Partnership

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