No trains are running between Wilmslow and Manchester via Styal due to the Covid-19 Pandemic restricted services. Services to the Airport and stations North of the airport are via Manchester Picadilly
Regular stopping services return to Styal Station on 20 May 2018 after a gap of a quarter of a century. Wonderful news for the village! Services will be operated by Arriva Northern and stop hourly in each direction. Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk to view train times
Acclaimed local artist Stephen Millership has created a wonderful retro-themed railway poster for Styal. Entitled “Arrive in Styal” it depicts a train and the wonderful National Trust Quarry Bank property at Styal. It is on display at the station.
Thanks to ACoRP, National Trust and Crewe-Manchester Community Rail Partnership for their support.
December 2015 – Welcome to Arriva
We welcome Arriva as the new Northern franchise holder (effective spring 2016) and hope that it can increase stopping services at Styal. Thanks to Abellio/Serco for increasing Northern services since 2009.
Figures recently released showed that Styal station had a modest increase in passengers in 2011-12 (2790) compared to 2010-11 (2440)
A new “heritage” style sign has been added at Styal Station, courtesy of assistance from the Community Rail partnership. See the home page for a photo of it.
With effect from 11 December 2011 Northern Rail will up the rail frequency to 5 trains a day heading South stopping at Styal Mon-Sat (Sunday remains 1 every 2 hours). Southbound services remain at 3 per day due to scheduling constraints.
This should aid visitors to National Trust and HMP Styal travelling down from Manchester (and by extension Lancs, Merseyside, Yorkshire etc) as they can arrive at approx 1118, or 1315 and head back at 1556 or 1756.
Thank you to Northern Rail for this increase.
Harry Jackson 1920-2011
It is with regret that we have learned of the passing of Harry Jackson. Harry was Stationmaster at Styal during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. He remained in Styal after retirement from BR in the 1970’s and assisted with research for this website. Harry was a gentleman and will be greatly missed; our sympathies go out to his wife Nancy.
The “Big Tidy Up” event at Styal Station on Tuesday 15 March was a huge success. The event is supported by Northern Rail and British Trust for Conservation Volunteers.
30 people turned up including from local residents, Northern Rail office workers, Incredible Edible Wilmslow’s organiser, The local Community Rail Officer and National Trust staff and volunteers. A big “thank you” to everyone. We cleared lots of flora and undergrowth and located the old STYAL lettering which has taken a pounding from tree roots over the years. We aim to replace the lettering later in the year. We also planted 3 fruit trees. The free BBQ was also a big hit!
See the Photo Gallery sections for images of the day.
Photos of Styal Station from the 1940s and 1950’s have been passed to this website by the family of Albert Brown and some have been posted onto the website gallery.
A large article on Styal station has appeared in the June edition of Backtrack magazine.
New Photos Unearthed:
Photos from the 1940’s and 1950’s have been uneathered courtesy of Mr P. Hilton and Mr T. Hodson and will be punblised soon.
A photo of Winston Churchill by a train was recently passed to us and we had it published in the Manchester Evening News. It appears to depict Churchill arriving at Heald Green station en route to Ringway (Manchester Airport) to visit the military station there on 26 April 1941. The train was probably stored at the Styal sidings during the visit.
If you know more please get in touch.
We would like to rediscover the 7 foot-high “STYAL” lettering from the side of the railway cutting by the Northbound platform (it can be seen on some of the 1950s photos in the photo gallery section).
If you’d like to help by bringing a spade and digging please get in touch.
Friends of Styal Station News. Frends of Styal Station are looking to get established as a more formal body. We have joined the Asociation of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) thanks to financial backing from Styal Village Association.
If anyone is prepared to spare a very small ammount of time we’d welcome you on our steering group.