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Middlewood Higher railway station

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Place  Middlewood
Grid reference  SJ945847
Platforms in use  2
Area  Cheshire East
1 April 1879 (1879-04-01)  Opened as Middlewood
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Pre-grouping  Macclesfield Committee of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway and North Staffordshire Railways
Post-grouping  Group Committee No. 1 of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway and London and North Eastern Railways
Original company  Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway
Similar  Hassall Green railway st, Broxton railway station, Bollington railway station, Balderton railway station

Middlewood Higher railway station was a railway station serving the village of Middlewood in Cheshire, England. It was opened in 1879 by the Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway (MB&M) – a joint line constructed and operated by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway (MS&L) and North Staffordshire Railways (NSR).

The station owed its existence more to the desire to create an interchange between the MB&M and the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) route between Stockport and Buxton. Without the interchange people wishing to travel between Macclesfield and Buxton had to travel to Stockport to change trains to then travel back on themselves to get to Buxton. The board of the MB&M proposed to the LNWR that both companies should open a station where the two lines crossed at Middlewood to allow passengers to save a considerable distance and time in their travel, the LNWR agreed and both the MB&M station, known simply as Middlewood and the LNWR's Middleton for Norbury station opened on 1 April 1879, connected by a flight of steps.

While this allowed for passenger interchange, the layout did not allow for good interchange and in 1882 discussion started on connecting the two lines by a rail link. The NSR and the LNWR agreed terms but the MS&L could not agree running powers with the LNWR so the NSR and LNWR agreed to proceed on their own. The resulting section of line known as the Middlewood curve opened on 20 May 1885. Most train services on the MB&M were run using MS&L engines and rolling stock but because of the running power agreement, services between Macclesfield and Buxton were provided by the NSR.

The station buildings including the platforms were all of timber construction and was built on an embankment. This made is susceptible to subsidence and landslips and in 1955 part of the down (towards Manchester) platform and the waiting shelter were lost when the embankment collapsed. As the usage of the station was not high replacing the lost section was considered uneconomic and reconstruction was not carried out.

As the station served a sparsely populated area and there were two other stations (Higher Poynton and High Lane) close by, the number of people using the Middlewood Higher (as it been renamed in 1951) was not high and in 1960 after consultation, the station closed.

When all of the MB&M closed in 1970 the track was lifted, although the bridge across the Buxton line remains and the trackbed now forms part of the Middlewood Way, a recreational path between Macclesfield and Marple.

References

Middlewood Higher railway station Wikipedia


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