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This site is for users of Davenport railway station, Stockport, England - and for all the people of Davenport.  Our aim is to have plenty of useful information for users of the station, and act as a forum for contributions and suggestions.

Information here is presented in good faith, but we cannot be responsible if your train (or bus) does not arrive when expected.


Northern Station Information

Network Rail full details for Davenport station

Postal Address of the station:

Davenport Station
Bramhall Lane
Davenport
STOCKPORT
Cheshire
SK3 8SA

Ticket office opening hours: Monday - Friday 06:20 - 12:50
Saturday 07:00 - 13:30
Sunday closed.

When the office is closed, tickets are sold on the train.


About Davenport

Davenport is a mostly-residential, tree-lined, suburb of Stockport, in Greater Manchester, England. Its focal point is its railway station, which is on the Manchester - Stockport - Buxton line, and  it does have a range of facilities within a short distance which make it a particularly good place to live for anyone who does not wish to drive a car.

Minutes from the station there are some good quality shops, including convenience stores, a pharmacy, a baker, and a butcher as well as a post office/newsagent. Davenport is well-served by buses to Stockport town centre,  and the trains will get you to Manchester Piccadilly station in 20 minutes.

The trains heading away from Stockport offer an instant transfer to the countryside, with pleasant walks along the Middlewood Way and Peak Forest Canal 15 minutes away and the Peak National Park within half an hour.

Stockport's main hospital, Stepping Hill, is a couple of kilometres away, and even the town's cemetery and crematorium are within walking distance. We have a 'green-flag' park, Cale Green Park, incorporating a kids' playground and with Cricket and Lacrosse clubs adjacent. A Methodist church is nearby, and the large late-Victorian Anglican church, St George's, is a short walk towards Stockport.


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Visitors in 2008: 3395
Visitors in 2009: 4210
Visitors in 2010: 5093
Visitors in 2011: 5455
Visitors in 2012: 5938
Visitors in 2013: 6004
Visitors in 2014: 6712
Visitors in 2015: 5181
Visitors in 2016: 5349
Visitors in 2017: 6579

RMT have announced yet another conductors' strike, for one day on Saturday 3 March.

News from Woodsmoor

Our comrades at Woodsmoor Station Friends now have a website, which you can find at woodsmoorstation.strikingly.com.  They are holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday13 February at the Dog and Partridge pub on Buxton Road from 19:30. Here is the Agenda.
03 February 2018.

Station updates

We have been informed that contracts have been issued to eradicate (?) the japanese knotweed on the station, and also to remove the broken tree which has been lying on the waiting room roof for almost a year. The latter job will, we hear, be carried out in March 2018. It is to be hoped that the owners of the part of the dead tree which remains standing will do something out it before it falls. We have also discussed with the local Station Manager the possibility that contractors could cut back the trees which are growing on the Manchester-bound platform, to enable us to engage in more tidying and planting. Volunteers are not allowed to bring power tools into use on the station.

The Carillion staff working on Northern's contracts are now being paid by Northern, so station cleaning, etc. continues as normal, although some sub-contractors are not willing to continue their services.

The proposal by Transport for Greater Manchester to take over the management and staffing of all the stations in Greater Manchester has been turned down by the Government, although TfGM may try again. We still cannot see how this would benefit users of our station.
03 February 2018

Timetable Updates

Some readers may have noticed that the timetable supposed to apply from 19 May 2018 has appeared on the railway's database which can be view by searching for our station on websites such as realtimetrains.co.uk.  However, we have to point out that this may not be the final version, which we are now told will not be available until March, assuming that it goes ahead at all since the electrification of the Preston line, which should have freed some diesel trains for use on our line, has been delayed yet again.

The suggested service adds some improvements following the appalling consultation version, in that nearly all trains on our line do stop at Davenport and Woodsmoor. The concept of turning back trains at New Mills Newtown has been abandoned in favour of a half-hourly service to/from Buxton, which will be a much greater benefit to Buxtonians than the few minutes' shorter journey of an hourly train in the earlier example. New Mills has no facility to transfer trains to opposite track, so they would have had to travel to Furness Vale before returning.

The weekday daytime off-peak pattern of departures to Manchester Piccadilly from Davenport is xx.15, xx.25 and xx.40, which seems odd and looks even more odd when you look at the proposed arrival times at Piccadilly which are xx.36, xx.40 and xx.56. The xx.25 is to be an electric train from Hazel Grove, running non-stop from Stockport to Piccadilly.

There are more trains in late evening than now, although nothing between 20:15 and 21:29. The biggest problem is the morning peak service to Manchester, which starts well enough with trains at 06:15, 06:53, 07:15, 07:25 and 07:40, but then a massive gap until 08:25, and again until 09:15 when the off-peak sequence starts.

Sundays are an improvement of sorts over the present hourly service, with two trains per hour most of the day, but spaced just 20 minutes apart, which is less than ideal. Our request for more to stop at Middlewood on Sundays for Middlewood Way users has been ignored, with a two-hourly service most of the day as on weekdays.

Also, despite protests from user groups and Transport for Greater Manchester officials, all trains will terminate at Manchester Piccadilly, losing our useful current through links to Oxford Road, Deansgate and Salford Crescent which are much used by Davenport commuters. There are few convenient connections at Stockport,or even Manchester Piccadilly, either.

It seems the best we can hope for is that the whole plan is abandoned.
03 February 2018

The Jolly Sailor

Some encouraging news about our local hostelry. A Greene King spokesman tells us:

"We’re looking for a new partner to join us at The Jolly Sailor in Stockport following the departure of our previous operator. While we’re sorry for any inconvenience caused to our customers, we’d like to reassure them we’ve already spoken with several potential partners and look forward to hopefully having the pub open again soon."

The pub had been part of Greene King's  tenanted and leased division since they purchased the Spirit Pub Company in 2015.

 31 January 2018

Carillion collapse

The liquidation of the multinational combine Carllion will, amongst many other things, affect our station, as in 2015 after German Railways subsidiary took over our train services, they handed the company, said to be worth 120 million over nine years, starting  in April 2016, to:

Provide a range of hard and soft facilities management services, including asset surveys and asset planning, planned and reactive maintenance for over 460 stations across the north of England, helpdesk services, cleaning, grounds maintenance, waste management and pest control.  In addition, core services will also include projects works.  The contract can also be extended to include station improvement projects, train cleaning and depot facilities management services.

The following was received today from our contact at Northern:

We are working through our contingency plans after Carillion was put into liquidation earlier today. Northern has had a contract with Carillion to provide the customer contact centre team (based in Sheffield), and the station maintenance and cleaning teams, since 2016. Those teams are working normally today, answering customer calls and cleaning stations, and we are very thankful for their efforts in exceptional and difficult circumstances.

Our first priority is to ensure that we continue to provide these services to our customers, and we are looking at all options to ensure that happens. There are many issues to work through and we will keep you updated as and when we have specific information to share.

This could take some time...

15 January 2018

A bar-restaurant in Davenport's shopping area?

Over on Facebook - a world we do not inhabit - there has been much discussion lately about the possibility of someone being encouraged to open a bar-restaurant on 'Davenport High Street' (Bramhall Lane) in either the closed 'Garden of Eden' shop or the abandoned bank branch. Facebook users can join the 'Davenport and Woodsmoor Group' to find out more: we understand there is to be a public meeting on 17 January.

There is also a petition on change.org. which has garnered many hundreds of signatures, asking Ann Coffey MP and/or Stockport Council to facilitate this. The suggestion is that 'every application seems to get blocked' which may be true, although the blocking must be in the form of advice from Council officers on an informal basis before applications are made, as the Planning Database does not reveal them. Neither does a study of Land Registry records reveal any 'Covenant' which may prevent such a business opening.

Nuisance to local residents and parking issues will no doubt be raised. It does seem unfortunate that this topic has come to prominence when the future use of the 'Jolly Sailor' building appears to be hanging in the balance.

15 January 2018

Jolly Sailor closed

Some bad news for local residents is that the 'Jolly Sailor' pub closed its doors on 9 January, 'until further notice' and all the staff have been laid off. We understand there was 'an issue with the renewal of the lease'  which suggests that an unaffordable rent was demanded. Despite appearances, the pub is owned by one of the large 'Pub Companies' - according to the Land Registry the owner is a Finance company based in Amsterdam who have leased the pub to the Sprit Pub Company form 30 years from 2004. The address given is SPIRIT PUB COMPANY (LEASED) LIMITED, Sunrise House, Ninth Avenue, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE14 3JZ.

The friendly service and good food on offer by Gina and the team will be much missed. Let us hope that the owners make some sort of arrangement for the pub to continue, and do not go down the route of converting it to flats, or even demolition, as has become so common.
11 January 2018


Strike information

Three more one-day conductor strikes called by the RMT union (see also 23 December item below) will be all day on Monday 8, Wednesday 10 and Friday 12 January. Some trains will run, as in previous occasions: see Northern's Strike information for further details. The Buxton line timetable is here.

In our opinion, passengers need more information on how Northern's proposal is intended to work, particularly in terms of helping less-mobile users at stations.  On the other hand, there's a minority of conductors who might be perhaps advised to make themselves more visible during the journey if they want to gain passengers' approval of their position.

7 January 2017

Woodsmoor Crossing

Woodsmoor level crossing will be closed to all traffic for maintenance work from 8am on 13 January to 8am on 21 January.
6 January 2018

James Chettle, Davenport Artist

Our history page about local artist James Patchell Chettle (1871-1944) has been updated with more information, pictures and press cuttings.
6 January 2018

'New' Trains


As promised, Class 150 diesel trains no longer wanted by other companies have started to appear on Northern services: at least one ex-Great Western Railway example, 150 122, in GWR plain dark blue livery with red doors, has been noted in traffic.  Eventually these hand-me-downs will be refurbished, and fitted with a large disabled-friendly toilet, but the absurdly narrow 3 + 2 seats that we have come to know and hate will remain.
6 January 2018

Fares rise

As usual, there's a nation-wide fare increase for the start of the year, starting on 3 January. Return fares from Davenport to Manchester, for example become £5.10 off-peak and £6.10 peak.

01 January 2018


Yet more strikes

RMT has announced further strike action by train conductors on Monday 8, Wednesday 10 and Friday 12 January.

Richard Allan, Northern Railway’s Deputy Managing Director, writes on their website : 'Northern is committed to investing in new and updated trains, better stations and faster journeys for our customers. Northern is still prepared to guarantee jobs and pay for conductors for the rest of our franchise to 2025 if we can reach agreement on how our colleagues deliver better customer service using those fantastic new facilities. Additionally, last week the Government wrote to RMT, guaranteeing employment for conductors beyond 2025 if RMT ends its dispute.'

The RMT, on the other hand, continue to make claims of 'rail bosses' secret plans'.
23 December 2017


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