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

New Denton Station Heritage Sign!

At long last our summer renovation of the Station is complete and was finished today with the installation of a new Denton Station heritage sign we had especially commissioned! Please go on the Station and take a look!

Cyrus and Alan New Denton Station Sign

Cyrus and Alan New Denton Station Sign

 Alan with new Denton Station Sign photo 2 photo 1This renovation was funded entirely from member contributions and we would like to thank everyone who has donated and supported us, especially all the individuals who have helped by volunteering on the Station and Crafted Letters who designed and hand painted the sign for us in support of the Station (craftedletters@gmail.com).  We would also like to remind people that our Annual General Meeting is on 10th September at 7pm in Sainsburys Denton and all are welcome.

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