Where and what is Denton Station?
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.
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!
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.