Increase in passengers using Alderley Edge station


The Office of Rail Regulation has released figures which estimate how many people use every railway station in the UK.

These latest estimates of station usage are based on ticket sales in the financial year 2011-12 and are subdivided by ticket type (full, reduced and season tickets).

The figures have also been provided for the financial year 2010-2011 so we are able to see how the number of rail users has changed since the previous year.

The figures estimate that there were a total of 218,914 passengers travelling to and from Alderley Edge Station (entrants and exits) during 2012. This represents an 8% increase in the number of people using the station compared with 2011.

Of those travellers, 23% were season ticket holders, 37% paid for full price tickets and 40% purchased reduced price tickets.

For further information see the Office of Rail Regulation website.

Alderley Edge Station


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Kiesha Humphreys
Monday 29th April 2013 at 12:58 pm
I'm sure many more people would use the train if it wasn't so pricey. I couldn't believe its now £10.50 for a return fare into Manchester (peak time) plus a further £3.70 to get the tram to Salford Quays.
Ricky Lee
Monday 29th April 2013 at 1:37 pm
Northern Trains should answer why Wilmslow to Manchester is £7.70 for Anytime day return where as Alderley to Manchester is £10.50.

Why is there such a spike in price for such a short distance between wilmslow and Alderley?
Alan R Davies
Monday 29th April 2013 at 2:31 pm
Presumably fares from Wilmslow to Manchester are much cheaper because Virgin also stop at Wilmslow, and they offer a peak time return for £6.00. It's what happens when you allow a private monopoly and the customer has no choice. Also, fares and season tickets are much cheaper from a station inside the Transport for Greater Manchester boundaries, even though Greater Manchester no longer exists. It would certainly help Alderley Edge if the remit of Transport for Greater Manchester was extended to cover the Manchester travel-to-work area rather than just the historic boundary.
Suzanne Gorringe
Monday 29th April 2013 at 4:57 pm
I once reasearched the costs between all stations between Manchester and Crewe and found there is a spike in price between Wilmslow and Alderley Edge which cannot be accounted for by the three minutes between the two stations. This has been like this for a number of years even when there were no Virgin trains using Wilmslow.
Alan R Davies
Monday 29th April 2013 at 5:28 pm
Suzanne, as far as I know Virgin trains have always stopped at Wilmslow. British Rail ran alternate trains via Wilmslow and Macclesfield. In the early years of the Virgin franchise very few trains went via Wilmslow, I suspect that it was a condition of the franchise that some did. In recent years of course the service has been much better, with hourly trains via Wilmslow.
Frank Keegan
Monday 29th April 2013 at 6:21 pm

the train companies take liberties, penalising passengers outside a notional boundary. The travel to work area should be altered to reflect reality. I know that Poynton residents take their cars down to Hazel Grove, because the fares are much cheaper from there.

It needs a campaign to the rail regulator to get the same treatment - we could start by asking the local MP to take up the matter on our behalf. And as for cosying up to Manchester Council, forget it.
Alan R Davies
Monday 29th April 2013 at 7:14 pm

I agree with most of what you say, but Transport for Greater Manchester is a consortium of the former Greater Manchester Districts, not just Manchester City Council. If Trafford are prepared to "cosy up" in the interests of their residents, I don't see why Cheshire East shouldn't. Britain will never have a properly integrated transport network if Local Authorities will not work together to achieve it.
Fenton Simpson
Tuesday 30th April 2013 at 10:16 pm
I just want value for money for my season ticket. I don't it with northern rail. Their service is not consistent or value for money.