History of Denton 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!

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

For a comprehensive account of the history of Denton Station written by Peter Whitefield please click here. Please note: train times in the account are not correct, please see the timetable page for the latest times.


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