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Hazel Grove Station

Hazel Grove station is an important station on the Buxton Line.

Just to the South of the station, there is a large housing development, which probably helps to explain the what looks to be new expansion to the car parking at the station.

This Google Map shows the area around Hazel Grove station.

There are two main railways on the map.

  • The Buxton Line runs North-West to South-East, connecting Stockport and Manchester in the North-West to Buxton in the South-East.
  • The Buxton Line goes through Hazel Grove station, where some trains stop and under Chester Road.
  • The rail line running East-West connects the Hope Valley Line in the East to a freight-only going West.

There is also a single-track bi-directional chord that connects the Hope Valley Line with Stockport.

The East Midlands Trains service between Norwich and Liverpool uses this chord, but doesn’t stop in Hazel Grove station.

Current Services At Hazel Grove Station

Under Services in the Wikipedia entry for Hazel Grove station, this is said.

Today Hazel Grove is served by two trains per hour to/from Manchester Piccadilly – the hourly Manchester Piccadilly to Buxton and the hourly Preston to Hazel Grove DMU services. Only a few of the local DMU services between Manchester and Sheffield go via Hazel Grove – most travel via New Mills Central. Few services from Buxton now continue past Manchester Piccadilly and those that do (currently seven services in total) operate in the early morning and evening business peak periods.

So Hazel Grove has a just two diesel multiple units per hour to Manchester Piccadilly..

The Class 319 Flex Train

If the building, testing and delivery of the Class 319 Flex train goes according to the Porterbrook/Northern plan, then the following will happen before the December 2017 Timetable Change..

  • Four Class 319 Flex trains will be in service.
  • Four more Class 319 trains will be in progress of being converted to Class 319 Flex trains.
  • Class 319 Flex trains will be running between Manchester Piccadilly and Buxton.
  • Class 319 Flex trains must be running to Blackpool and Windermere, if the sub-leased Class 185 trains have to go back to TransPennine.

Without any extra electrification, the Class 319 Flex trains will be able to run from Hazel Grove to  to Barrow-in-Furness, Blackpool North, Buxton, Manchester Piccadill, Preston, Wigan North Western and Windermere

New Track/Electrification Before December 2017 Timetable Change

These changes and upgrades, should happen before the December 2017 Timetable Change.

  • Manchester to Preston via Bolton should be electrified.
  • The Blackpool Branch Lines to Blackpool North should be electrified.
  • Manchester Victoria to Stalybridge could be electrified.
  • According to Network Rail, the Ordsall Chord should be in operation.

They could make a lot of difference to services from Hazel Grove station.

  • Class 319 electric trains could run to Blackpool North, Bolton, Liverpool, Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria, Preston and Wigan North Western.
  • Class 319 Flex bi-mode trains could run to Barrow-in-Furness, Blackburn, Blackpool South, Buxton, Clitheroe, Stalybridge and Windermere

Northern Rail have an awful lot of sensible possibilities for electric or bi-mode services.


March 9, 2017 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,

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