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 Meeting

Trampower first became known to us some time ago when Andrew Gwynne MP was contacted regarding the trams or light rail on ‘our’ line for a regular passenger service.

Trampower have plans to  run trams along the line though Denton and Reddish South from Manchester Victoria through to Altrincham with a station at Cheadle and an interchange at Baguley. Trampower want to connect up Denton to these other Stations as they wish Denton to become an important tram interchange where passengers could then catch a tram over to Sheffield via the Woodhead Tunnel.

We have been concerted a number of times by Lincoln Shields, Business Development Manager for Trampower and we arranged a meeting for October.

Our Chaiman, Alan Jones and senior member Anita Lunn  were accompanied by Nigel Gilmore, Head of Transport from Tameside.

This sounds an exciting proposal as Trampower have plans to run trams to Sheffield using the updated developments at Woodhead Tunnel with Denton becoming a terminus for that route; but they also want to run trams along our line from Manchester Victoria.

These proposals are occurring at the same time as the line franchise is up for renewal so there are two major options currently up for discussion.

 Right: Noel, Ann, Alan (B), Dot, Lewis Lesley, Alan (J), Lincoln Shields & Martin admire Denton’s new sign on the platform .

Right: Noel, Ann, Alan (B), Dot, Lewis Lesley, Alan (J), Lincoln Shields & Martin admire Denton’s new sign on the platform 

Lincoln Shields with Lewis Lesley & Ann Nunnerlyon Denton Station

Lincoln Shields with Lewis Lesley & Ann Nunnerly Denton Station

Denton Station Friends and Friends of Reddish South meet in Sainsburys Denton to discuss Trampower

Denton Station Friends and Friends of Reddish South meet in Sainsburys Denton to discuss Trampower

Trampower Proposed Route

Trampower Proposed Route

Trampower Route

Trampower Route

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