Davenport Railway Station

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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.


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The station


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, although on-train sales are suspended during the Covid-19 period.


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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The  December 2022 timetable


Some may recall the 'Task Force' consultation earlier this year regarding possible timetable changes to avoid the chaos created by the unworkable 2018 version.  This document and, our article on this, and our response, are still available via the links at the bottom of this page.

Three options, A B and C were on offer. The 'Transport for the North' organisation had now presented their choice, in the form of a 'B-plus version'.  Unfortunately this includes the feature of option B  that we objected to at the time: loss of direct connection with stations beyond Piccadilly, losing the connection with Metrolink at Deansgate, and abandoning the electrification of the Stockport to Hazel Grove line in favour of a half-hourly all-diesel service between Piccadilly and Buxton (also depriving us of comfortable modern trains.)  The proposal results stations in Stockport including Cheadle Hulme and Heaton Chapel l;osing a through connection as well as the Hazel Grove branch, as the Alderley Edge - Southport service is severed.  Yet this was a justification for the building of the 'Windsor Link' from Deansgate to Salford Crescent in the 1980s;  the creation of the new 'Ordsall Chord' seems to have proved very disruptive.

The only exception is the East Midlands Nottingham - Liverpool service which calls at Stockport, Piccadilly and Oxford Road.

The proposal diverts both Blackpool - Manchester trains to the Airport, at present they alternate between the Airport and Hazel Grove.

Above is an extract from the full report which can be downloaded at this link. The comparison tables are a a little misleading, as until October 2019 the Hazel Grove - Blackpool service ran in addition to a half-hourly Buxton service.

Of course stations to Buxton would gain benefit from a half-hourly service, and certainly an extra train in the peak periods, suitable for school students and Stelling Hill Hospital passengers, should be provided, but losing an important link across Greater Manchester, serving four Universities, and providing other useful connections, is surely of equal importance.

Comments on this are very welcome: info@davenportstation.org.uk

20 July 2021


'Flexi' Season Tickets

Led by the Department of Transport, rail companies have introduced a type 'season ticket' designed for people who travel to work on only some days of the week. The idea is that you load on to your Northern Smartcard (available free from the ticket office) or smart phone a a batch of 8 day return tickets for your chosen route, which can be used on any day of your choice within 28 days. of the first use.

This is why card-readers have been installed at the station: you'll need to 'tap in' and 'tap out' with a flexi ticket. At present this does not apply to any other kind of ticket, or the Concession pass, although possibly that may change.

A good idea, but there are a number of complications, some of them caused by the fact that traditional season tickets are issued for a calendar month - to match people's salary payments presumably -  rather than 28 Days.

The railway companies have created a 'calculator' web page  which you can use to work out the advantages of otherwise, but even that has a caveat:
' If you are travelling 3 days per week, you will need more than one Flexi Season Ticket in a month. Flexi Season Tickets are valid for up to 28 days so any days travel unused can be used in the following calendar month. This is not reflected in the Calculator when a 3 day per week work pattern is selected for an odd number of months (i.e. 1, 3, 5 etc). For a comparable Price per Day, please select an even (i.e. 2, 4, 6 etc) number of months.'
As an example, consider someone travelling three times per week from Davenport to Manchester, based on a two-month period as calculated by the magic calculator :

An ordinary day return ticket costs 6.70.

An ordinary Monthly season costs 93 which is 7.75 per journey if used just three times a week, and can of course be used every other day in the month).

The 28-day Flexi Season Ticket costs 46.90 which (according to the calculator) works out at 5.86 per journey if used three times per week.

If you travel four days per week, the flexi methods looks less attractive as an ordinary monthly is slightly cheaper If you travel one day per week, a flexi ticket will expire before you can finish using it. If some of your journeys are on Saturday or Sunday when off-peak tickets can be used, the equation changes again...

20 July 2021

Note for Concession Card users

If you paid the 10 annual fee imposed in those far-off days before lockdown,  to extend your travel to train travel within Greater Manchester, your card is still valid until 21 June 2021 without further payment.  You may find that the railway's IT systems have not been amended to cover this, and your card will not operate ticket gates or register on  the app used by 'revenue inspectors'.  This is not a problem, the staff are aware.
11 May 2021


The timetable changes

New timetables apply across the National Rail network from 17 May:  take care to check your train time in advance using the Northern website or app.  The principal change as far as our line is concerned is that late evening services are re-instated. You can return from Manchester Piccadilly at 22:10 and 23:24 Mondays to Fridays: an irritating feature, inherited from the pre-Covid days, is that there is also a train from Piccadilly to Buxton at 23:11, but it doesn't stop at Davenport or Woodsmoor. Why? Who knows. But: on Monday - Thursday 17 -20 May our last 'train' is a replacement bus at 23:11 due to engineering work.

On Saturdays there are departures from Piccadilly at 22:10 and 23:07 to Buxton and 23:17 to Hazel Grove, but the 23:17 does not stop at Davenport or Woodsmoor so your last train is earlier on Saturdays when people might want a later one. This really is hard to fathom. On Sundays the last train is at 22:48.

The morning service to Manchester is much the same as before:  and commuters to Davenport from the High Peak are still incovenienced by the train from Buxton which could call here about 08:20 but does not stop. There is a reason for this: the train has to stay out of the way of an East Midlands Railway train which calls at Hazel Grove four minutes behind, but really something should be done about this.  Even the great and good Mayor of Greater Manchester has failed to change things.

Bad news for countryside lovers is that Middlewood station, gateway to the marvellous Middlewood Way, which has been enjoying an hourly service on weekdays, reverts to the old regime with two-hour gaps in service.

11 May 2021

Freedom?

From 29 March the Government has lifted the 'stay at home' restriction, kids are back to school, and car traffic is more or less back to normal, but can we now make 'non-essential' public transport journeys? We have checked with Northern, who confirm that we can, subject to the usual rules on social distancing and compulsory mask-wearing on trains and stations. We'd recommend that you keep your journeys within the local area, but there's no definite rule about this.

The current 'temporary timetable' for Monday-Saturday is on this link.   Two points to note: service from Manchester finishes earlier in the day that usual (21:44 from Manchester Piccadilly) and all trains are now calling at Middlewood, offering a better service than normal for people wishing to enjoy a walk on the Middlewood Way.  Bear in mind that Davenport and Woodsmoor stations are busy at times with school students attending the schools in our area.

There's no timetable leaflet for Sundays: it appears that we have an hourly service between Manchester and Buxton, but Middlewood is only served two-hourly, despite Sunday being the day when more people might want to travel there.

Here's a list of engineering work planned for Easter.

31 March 2020.


Looking ahead

February 2021 and the 'lockdown' continues, although you might not believe it from the traffic on Bramhall Lane.  Friends Groups are again banned from working on the gardens, etc, and those of us without a car are banned from 'non-essential' use of public transport, but at least we are still here.

Meanwhile the Department of Transport and their associates have been musing over the congestion in the Manchester area created by the timetable implemented back in 2008 which increased the number of trains passing though Piccadilly station. A 'Task Force' has produced a document for 'open consultation', which can be downloaded from their site.

We have made a short summary covering how Davenport and Woodsmoor stations would be affected by the various options on offer.  This can be downloaded from our website.

We welcome any comments on our document or the subject in general: email them to info@davenportstation.org.uk

18 February 2021.

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