- Manchester Airport railway station
Manchester Airport Manchester Airport Railway Station Location Place Ringway Local authority Manchester Operations Station code MIA Managed by First TransPennine Express Number of platforms 3 Live arrivals/departures and station information
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Annual rail passenger usage 2004/05 * 1.576 million 2005/06 * 1.799 million 2006/07 * 1.960 million 2007/08 * 2.159 million 2008/09 * 2.710 million Passenger Transport Executive PTE Greater Manchester History May 1993 Opened 2004 Refurbished 2008 Third platform added National Rail - UK railway stations A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z * Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Manchester Airport from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
Manchester Airport railway station is the railway station that serves Manchester Airport and is built into the airport's terminal buildings. The station was opened together with the second airport terminal in 1993.
The station is situated 9 miles (16 km) south of Manchester Piccadilly at the end of a short branch from the 3⁄4Styal Line. It is accessed via a triangular junction located between Heald Green and Styal.
The station platforms are connected by escalator, elevator, ramps and an elevated covered walkway (known as the "Sky Link") to the airport terminal buildings in which a manned railway ticket office is situated. Throughout the airport complex, the railway station is known as "The Station" and is signposted as such.
In December 2008 a third rail platform opened after a year of construction and a total cost of £15 million. It will allow for extra rail capacity and increasing passenger demand. Arriva Trains Wales are planning to extend some of their Llandudno to Manchester Piccadilly services to here.
Unlike most major stations there are no ticket barriers but staff usually check your ticket before you enter the platforms.
Northern Rail, First TransPennine Express and Arriva Trains Wales are the three current franchise holders that serve Manchester Airport. They operate services between the airport and Crewe (for connections to Southern England); Manchester Piccadilly; various destinations throughout Northern England and, since December 2007, to Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley via Carlisle.
There is a frequent service from the airport to Manchester Piccadilly. Services also operate during the night to Manchester Piccadilly and beyond including York; Doncaster; Sheffield; Scotland and Blackpool North.
There are currently nine trains per hour to Manchester Piccadilly. There are no long distance services to the airport from the south; a service from Manchester Airport to Skegness via Derby previously operated but was cut back to Crewe due to poor passenger numbers.
Plans were drawn up in the 1990s for a direct western rail link to the airport, achieved by linking the Chester to Hale line to the Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester Airport line. However, these plans failed to materialise. There are also 3 trains per day to Chester via Warrington Bank Quay (of which one continues to Llandudno, operated by Arriva Trains Wales).
Manchester Airport Manchester Metrolink Metrolink extension plans Location Place Wythenshawe Local authority City of Manchester Fare zone information Metrolink Zone Present status Proposed station History Opening 2016 to Piccadilly and Bury Chorlton St Werburgh's Road to East Didsbury Barlow Moor Road Sale Water Park Northern Moor Wythenshawe Park Moor Road Baguley Roundthorn Haveley Benchill Crossacres Wythenshawe Town Centre Robinswood Road Peel Hall Shadowmoss Woodhouse Park Manchester Airport UK Trams portal
It is planned to extend the Manchester Metrolink light rail network to Manchester Airport as part of Phase 3 of the Metrolink expansion project. Under current proposals, a branch of the Metrolink South Manchester line would connect the airport station via tram lines through Wythenshawe and Chorlton to Manchester City Centre. A new Metrolink station would be constructed immediately adjacent to the airport station.
Following a period of uncertainty due to funding problems, the plans were finally given the go-ahead in May 2009. The confirmed route will not complete the full airport loop as proposed, but trams will run along the northern route via Wythenshawe. Completion of the western side of the loop would be subject to further funding in a later project. An opening date of 2016 has been indicated for the Metrolink line.
At present, the Metrolink byelaws prohibit passengers from entering the system with bicycles and luggage.
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- Train times and station information for Manchester Airport railway station from National Rail
- First TransPennine Express Official web site
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