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Where and what is Denton Station?

Denton Station has become famous for its least frequent train service in the UK- the ‘ghost train’- in one direction, once per week only.

Denton Station, Manchester, UK is accessed via Manchester Rd. (A57) just off Denton Roundabout in the direction of Denton town centre. The Station is a 2 minute walk from  Sainsbury’s Denton and can be reached by walking under the motorway bridge opposite Sainsbury’s petrol station.

Panorama Denton Station Platform

Denton Station was opened in October 1882- this almost forty years after the tracks through Denton were first built in 1845. The Station came both as a response to Denton’s booming population and their demand to explore Britain by train as well as the need to transport large quantities of manufactured goods around the country. Many thousands of passengers used Denton to travel to Blackpool, Scarborough and a 16 times daily service to London Euston!

1916 map of Denton Station and goods yard (now Sainsbury’s Denton) Credit: Ian Hudson         Old Ordnance Survey Map, Lancashire Sheet 105.13  Denton (West),1916 (Dunston, Gateshead: Alan Godfrey Publishing Limited, 1996)

By 1916 there were four tracks running through Denton Station owned by the London & North Western Railway Company- Denton Station even had a goods yard and signal box.

However, the development of Denton Roundabout and the M60 in the years after 1970 shifted focus away from the Station, making the platform difficult to access, obscured from view and the resulting drop in passenger numbers was used to justify government and private operators’ decisions drastically cut services. In the early 1990s, Sainsbury’s Denton tarmaced over the old goods yard and two of the four lines were torn up leaving the station with the current ‘ghost train’ to Stalybridge.

 Who are the Friends of Denton Station?

The Friends of Denton Station was founded in 2010 with the overall aim of campaigning for and supporting the reinstatement of a frequent passenger service through Denton into Manchester Victoria, maintaining and improving the platforms and to encourage its use by as many different people as possible.

In just four years, the group has gained many hundreds of members, thousands of signatures petitioning for a new service and secured tens of thousands of pounds in station improvements.

See other pages of this site for more about the Friends of Denton Station, the committeethe Station, our latest newsphotos and how to become a member and sign our petition.

Recent Posts

Trampower

Last Thursday ourselves and Friends of Reddish South along with Ann Nunnerley and Nigel Gilmore from Tameside Council met representatives from a tram company called Trampower. Their proposal is to connect the Sheffield Tram system with Metrolink by using the Woodhead Tunnel.

From Sheffield the system will start from the town centre with stops at Parkwood, Hillsborough, Oughtbridge, Deepcar , Stocksbridge, Penistone, and Dunford bridge, and then pass through the Woodhead Tunnel on exit from the Tunnel the next stops are Hadfiekd/Tintwistle, Dinting , Hyde North, Guide Bridge then Denton Parkway which will be a terminus because of where it is situated at the junction of the M60 and the M67. There will be trams carrying on through Reddish South into Stockport and onto Altrincham with a stop at Baguley to connect with the Metrolink to the Airport they will then feed back to Denton Parkway. They also want to connect with the Metrolink at Ashton Moss.

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