Notes: Northenden was opened by the Cheshire Lines Committee
(CLC) on the 1.2.1866. It was located on the Stockport to Skelton
Junction section of what became the Stockport to Glazebrook line.
The line was originally proposed by the Stockport, Timperley &
Altincham Junction Railway which became one of the constituent
parts of the CLC on 5.7./1865.
The line gave access towards Liverpool via the Skelton Junction
to Garston line. However this became part of the LNWR who were
anything but helpful towards the CLC. The CLC therefore decided
to progress towards building a route of their own from Skelton
Junction to Liverpool. This they did and it opened to goods on
1.3.1873. The opening of this route completed the Stockport to
Northenden Station was mostly served by local trains operating
from Stockport Tiviot Dale towards Liverpool Central with many
workings going only as far as Warrington Central. From the very
beginning express services to all parts of the country passed
through the station. This increased further when the 'Liverpool
Curve' opened 64 chains to the east of the Cheadle Station in
1902. This provided direct access to the Midland Railways main
line to London.
Northenden Station had two platforms and was provided with a substantial
brick built station building on the Stockport platform. A brick
built shelter was provided for Liverpool direction passengers.
The line remained part of the CLC until 1948 when it became part
of the British Railways London Midland Region. The station continued
to serve local services between Stockport Tiviot Dale and Liverpool
Central until the 30.11.1964. After closure main line passenger
services continued to pass through the station site until Liverpool
Central closed to main line services in 1966. Today the section
of line through Northenden is still open for passenger services
running between Chester and Manchester and for a variety of goods
For pictures of the course of the Chorlton - Bredbury Railway
in 2003 see the Closed
South Manchester Railways web site.
Route map drawn by Alan Young
To see the other
stations on the Woodley - Glazebrook line click on the station
Tiviot Dale, Cheadle
Cadishead (1st) &