On Saturday 28th January all trains through Stockport
will be replaced by buses except a half-hourly shuttle from
platform 3a to and from Manchester. Trains will be running
between Hazel Grove and Buxton. Buses will call at the
stops by Cale Green Park gates or the one at Davenport Park
entrance. On Sunday there are no trains at all at Stockport,
every line will be 'bustituted' but Hazel Grove - Buxton
trains will operate. Check with Northern's website for times
and details and possible changes. 1st and 3rd February are
strike days - no Northern trains will run. 2nd
and 4th may be affected as well.
A timetable for 28-29 January can
be found here. There are some very long waits between
trains and buses - half an hour at Stockport between
terminating trains from Manchester to bus departures on
25 January 2023
The last day of operation of newly-built Class 331 electric
trains on 10 December, and with them the through service to
Blackpool was a cold and bleak day. Travellers on Monday 12
December, the last day before the strikes, were packed in to
two-coach diesels running half-hourly and terminating at
Thursday 15 December is not a strike day, but there won't be
any trains at Davenport as Northern say it would be too
difficult to arrange.
13 December 2022
to train services over Christmas
There will be no trains on the following days, due to
strike action, unless things change:
Tuesday 13 December
Wednesday 14 December
Update: Most Northern trains, including the Davenport
service, will also be cancelled on 15 December although
it is not a strike day and other companies will be
Friday 16 December
Saturday 17 December
Tuesday 3 January
Wednesday 4 January
Friday 6 January
Saturday 7 January
There is also an 'overtime ban' between 18 December and 2
January which will cause cancellations, especially on
On New Years Eve, services will end around 9pm, and as
usual there are no trains on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.
A new timetable starts on 12 December: Weekdays
there will be two trains per hour on our line, with a
couple of peak time extras Monday - Friday, but all
trains on our line (and also on the Crewe and Macclesfield
lines) will terminate at Manchester Piccadilly.
Passengers to Oxford Rd, Salford Crescent and beyond will
have to change at Piccadilly. Sundays remain a hourly
Update 13 December 2022
Northern Railway is owned and funded by the Department of
Transport, and there are signs that there will be pressures
on the management to reduce costs. One option which is being
considered is to remove the staff from small stations, such
as Davenport. It is claimed that a combination of ticket
machines and internet devices can effectively replace
booking office staff. This is partly the cause of the recent
series of strikes.
Stockport Council have written to the Department of
Transport regarding this, and received a letter which
you can read on this
link. They say the planned 'overhaul' will simplify
ticketing, but 'No currently staffed station will be
unstaffed as a result of any reform.' However, they go on to
say a railway company wants to close a ticket office, they
can so so, and any proposal must be advertised to users and
if passengers have any objections these can be raised via
the passenger bodies (Transport Focus and London Travel
Watch) for consideration.
The current ticket vending machines are currently unable to
sell tickets of some types, such as Bus and Train Rovers,
Wayfarers, and buying tickets online is not for everyone.
No such notice has been given at present, so we have to wait
and see. We understand that already staff at small stations
can no longer issue cheaper 'advanced' tickets, which is
likely to reduce revenue and assist the case for closure.
20 November 2022
The little white bus
Starting on 30 October, the weekday daytime runs of the
374 (Stockport - Torkington via Davenport) bus has been
contracted to a small company called 'Nexus Move' using a
white-painted 'large minibus', with some timetable
alterations. (Stagecoach still work the evening and Sunday
journeys). Once an hour from 06:00 to 18:00 it
starts at Stockport and makes its meandering way via
Adswood, Davenport station, North Park Road, New House
Farm, Bramhall Green, and the Five Ways and Hazel Grove
station to the Torkington estate (51 minutes later) and
back the same way. The new £2 fare still applies, but
weekly tickets, etc. issued by Stagecoach won't be
The route, which was altered a couple of years ago when
the 309/310 service was cancelled, remains inconvenient
for Davenport residents, as it omits the Bramhall Lane
shopping area and no longer offers a direct link with
Cheadle. There's a timetable with the route
04 November 2022
from December 2022
The details of the December 2022 (and onward)
timetable are now available, and as expected, the service at
Davenport, along with Stockport, Cheadle Hulme, Heaton
Chapel and Levenshulme has been radically altered,
supposedly to reduce congestion at Slade Lane Junction and
at Piccadilly. This has been imposed by Network Rail
despite protests by Friends Groups, Transport for Greater
Manchester, Stockport councillors, and local members of
We will no longer have the through trains to Blackpool
currently worked by modern Class 331 electric trains. These
will serve the Airport instead. All Northern Trains
services from south of Manchester will terminate at
Manchester Piccadilly, meaning that passengers for Oxford
Road, Deansgate, Salford Crescent, Bolton and beyond will
have to cross the bridge at Piccadilly to the often crowded
Platform 14, to catch a train from the Airport to Blackpool
which will depart 15 minutes later.
All trains serving Davenport will be operated by the old
diesel trains that ply the Buxton service, except that there
will be two additional services between Piccadilly and Hazel
Grove in the morning and evening peak times, which will
probably see the Class 323 electric units which are
'only' 30 years old. An earlier plan had these peak-time
services extended through to Wigan, but this has been
dropped and they will terminate/start at Piccadilly.
A small improvement is that our two trains per hour
(remember when we had three?) will run on a more even
half-hourly pattern in both directions. Sunday service will
be hourly between Buxton and Piccadilly, which is clearly
inadequate in today's world, but there is still no movement
towards Sundays becoming part of the working week for train
crews, rather that the present dependence on voluntary
The 'Windsor Link' line, completed in 1989, was specifically
created to provide a link across the city for passengers
from the South.
20 September 2022
Take a seat
Thanks to access-for-all 'small projects' funding from
the Government Transport for Greater Manchester new seats
have been installed on the Manchester-bound platform to
replace the 1970s versions which were too low and with no
arms to help with getting up. This was suggested by the
Friends of Davenport Station. (Now we need to to
clean the wall!)
The 'rest seat' on the car park slope was an idea by the
TfGM staff, combined with new handrails. Also new is the
flower planter, which will be maintained by Davenport
16 August 2022
More strikes (Updated)
Sadly, there has been little or no progress in the 'talks'
about pay between Northern Trains and the RMT trade
union, so there will be two more one-day strikes on 18
and 20 August meaning no trains running in our area except a
Liverpool - Airport - Alderley Edge via Styal service.
Northern's information is
here. The Government is still insisting that this is a
matter for the Railway Companies' management, even though
both Northern Trains and Network Rail are now state-owned.
22 July 2022 (update 16 August)
This month should see contractors working on the station
to replace the 1970s -style seats on the
Manchester-bound with seats similar to the ones on the
other side, with arms to assist people to get up. Also
there will be work on the car park ramp, including a bench
for people to rest part of the way up. These projects are
funded by a 'small works' fund awarded to Transport for
Greater Manchester. (The new seats were our suggestion.) A
much larger set of improvements including lifts to each
platform, has been designed in detail and awaits further
funding from the Government's 'Access for All' fund.
01 July 2022
to Council wards in 2023 will remove the anomaly in the
present version of 'Davenport and Cale Green' ward which
puts part of hat most residents think of as Davenport -
the Bramhall Lane shops, Davenport station, the Kennerley
Road area, Davenport Park estates, and The Crescent - were
placed in Stepping Hill Ward. All these will become part
of the revised Davenport and Cale Green area.
01 July 2022
information from Northern
Letter from the Regional Stakeholder Manager:
'I'm writing to let you know that, from later today, we're
updating our website and customer message to advise
customers not to travel from 21 to 26 June.
'Our ability to run services on strike days is severely
limited, and the timing of the strike action - on 21, 23 and
25 June - will also significantly impact the days either
side. To put it into context, one day of strike action will
have a knock-on impact of up to 48 hours because of shift
patterns and the complexity of our network.
'Because of this, the simplest and clearest message to
customers is not to travel and to find alternative means of
transport where possible. We're continuing to work with
industry partners on the days in between strikes, and we'll
keep you updated if anything changes.
'Due to availability and the sheer scale of disruption
across the country, we won't be able to operate replacement
bus services during strike action.'
10 June 2022
Change and discussion
Timetables changed across the country from 15 May, although
the 'temporary' timetable on our line has become permanent
until at least October, probably December. There are still
no paper timetable leaflets available, or posters at the
station, but you can download copies - including a
'print-friendly version' from the advert-ridden Northern
website (our line is timetable no. N20).
As so often, the tables contain unnecessary
computer-generated quirks, such as separate columns for
Monday-Friday and Saturday times, even though they are
different by just one or two minutes. The service itself is
still far from satisfactory, espcially the long gap in
trains to Manchester between 08:17 and 09:07. The 07:34 from
Buxton to Manchester which is currently calling at Davenport
and Woodsmoor will cease to do so in July, thus
leaving a one-hour gap between 08:06 and 09:07.
Peak-time fares are being charged for a service worse than
in the off-peak.
The late-evening service from Manchester is also poor, with
no departures from Piccadilly between 22:10 and 23:24 except
on Saturdays when the 23:07, which doesn't stop here
Monday-Friday, does call, whilst the 23:24 Manchester -
Hazel Grove does not run on Saturdays.
The timing of weekday Manchester - Buxton trains can catch
you out: departure times from Manchester Piccadilly vary
from a so-called 'clock-face' arrangement. In the morning
and evening they depart Piccadilly at xx:24, whilst in the
middle of the day (from 10:08) it's xx:08. There's a 16:08
and also a 16:24! Don't ask us why. The Blackpool -
Hazel Grove trains depart Piccadilly at xx:47 through out
the day until the last one of the day at 21:44.
Other traps from the unwary: Most Buxton - Manchester trains
do not call at Heaton Chapel, although they do serve
Levenshulme. Manchester - Buxton trains mostly stop at both.
Hazel Grove - Blackpool trains call at Deansgate, but don't
in the other direction except at 16:40, 17:39 and 18:40.
Irritating, as Deansgate is useful for Metrolink connections
to/from the East Disbury and Airport routes which don't
Sunday services remain hourly, with the same irritating gaps
in the service to Middlewood on a day when many would wish
to visit the Middlewood Way.
Why these deficiencies? Well, take your pick between
Pandemic-related staff shortages, 'industrial' unrest, or
cuts imposed by the Department of Transport to save money.
18 May 2022
We have a New Local History
feature covering the lost villa 'Highfield' and what
happened to its estate in the Beechfield Road area.
21 April 2022
Station news and Ticket update
Following a meeting with our local manager, Manchester
Central Zone does now appear on the 'Quick Ticket' list.
Apparently this list is updated automatically according to
the number of tickets bought, so let's hope it stays
there. Curiously, Chinley also appears on the list: at
present there is no direct service from here, and just
four per day from Stockport. Otherwise it is necessary to
travel via Manchester or walk across New Mills.
In other news: a planter has been ordered for the
Manchester-bound platform, which will be tended by
Davenport Guides; this should brighten-up the station
somewhat. Meanwhile we intend to re-plant the
traditional garden area on the other platform. Watch this
A submission has been made by Transport for Greater
Manchester to the Government under the 'Access for All'
scheme to provide lifts between the street and both
platforms. This would involve the removal of the stairs by
the booking office, and the excavation of the area between
the stairs and bridge on the other side. We'll write
more about this project if and when it is accepted.
21 April 2022
December 2022 timetable
Our MP Navendu Mishra has passed to us a letter he has
received from GM Mayor Andy Burnham, following our raising
with him the removal from December of through trains from
Davenport and other Stockport stations to and from points
beyond Manchester Piccadilly. You
can read it here.
Sadly there is no change to change to the December
timetable, which we are told will be the same as the
21 April 2022
As from 24 April, the Stagecoach 374 bus service Stockport -
Adswood - Davenport - New House Farm - Hazel Grove station -
Torkington runs in the evenings and on Sundays as well on
21 April 2022
Ticket Machine and timetable update
We observe that the ticket machines have had a software
upgrade to make purchases of Duo tickets simpler. However,
Manchester still does not appear on the 'quick tickets'
screen, and when looking for Manchester you need to take
care to select the 'Manchester Central Zone' option.
Choosing 'Manchester Piccadilly' results in 'No tickets
available.' We have reported this to Northern.
The out-of-date timetable posters have now been removed. The
correct timetable can be downloaded from Northern's
Timetable Page. The issue of printed
versions has been suspended. We notice that the current
calls at Woodsmoor and Davenport of the 07:35 from Buxton
will cease from July, leaving us with an hour's gap in
services to Manchester from 08:07 to 09:07. The reason
given to us by Northern is that calling here tends to delay
the following East Midlands Railway service by a short time
causing Northern to be 'fined' according to the crazy rules
of the privatised railway.
06 April 2022
A picture of the Peak Forest - Salford Hope Street stone
train passing Davenport on 16 March. Notice anything
different? Yes, the white lines on the platform edge, said
to be compulsory on stations, have been restored,
having been invisible for several years!
22 March 2020
Passengers should note that, at the time of writing, the
timetable posters on display at Buxton line stations are
incorrect in the weekday listings, as they do not reflect
some recent changes. Below are a few, which create long
intervals between trains:
The 07:35 Buxton - Manchester now does call at Woodsmoor
(08:15) and Davenport (08:17). The next service from
Davenport towards Manchester is at 09:07. Passengers from
Buxton to Davenport who miss the 07:35 from Buxton
must wait until the 09:02 from Buxton, arriving at 09:40.
In the afternoon, there is a train from Buxton to
Manchester - out of the normal sequence presumably for
the benefit of students - departing from Buxton at
15:34, calling at Davenport at 16:15. The next train from
Buxton is at 16:58, calling at Davenport at 17:40.
There may be others that we haven't spotted, do check
on-line before travelling. It appears that these timings,
somewhat inconvenent for many travellers, continue into the
17 March 2022
Northern have a scheme by which, outside 'peak times', if
two adults are travelling together in both directions, the
second person travels for half the normal return fare. (See
their website). However, if you attempt to buy a 'Duo'
using the self-service machine at the station, you may find
yourself rather perplexed.
We have prepared a short guide, with help from Northern's
Twitter team, explaining how to find the Duo fare and
showing how we finally managed it. It can be downloaded here. Good luck!
Incidentally, if you travel together more than a few times
per year frequently, the national Two
Together Railcard is an even cheaper solution: both of
you get a 33% discount on all journeys outside the morning
3 March 2022
Northern, despite their YouTube advert about 'welcoming you
back' are having trouble maintaining their service. Fot the
last few weeks a 'temporary timetable' has applied to our
line, said to be valid until 28 February. A feature of this
timetable is that the 07:35 Buxton - Manchester has been
calling usefully at Woodsmoor and Davenport (08:17),
something which we have repratedly told was 'not possible
for operational reasons'. However, on the down side, there
is no further train to Manchester until 09:07. Over the week
Monday - Friday ending 26 February the 08:17 from Davenport
as been has been reduced to two carriages once and cancelled
We are now told that this reduced timetable, and those on
other lines, will continue until May. Northern say:
To give our customers more certainty about their
train service, with fewer short notice cancellations, it
was agreed that the timetables currently in place will
continue until May. Iíll be back in touch to talk about
timetables from May soon. This is because of sustained
pressure on our staffing levels for a number of reasons.
We understand that the 'number of reasons' include the
continuing issue regarding voluntary 'rest-day' working,
which has been rumbling on since 'privatisation' in the
1990s, and continues now that the company has been
re-nationalised. Sadly, it's vital to check your train
online on this page or at www.journeycheck.com/northern/
on the day of travel. The planned can be downloaded
from the Northern website.
Be aware that, at the time of writing this, the timetable
poster displayed on the Manchester-bound platform is
28 February 2022
At least some of our bulbs escaped the recent destruction...
In recent months the inaccessabilty of the station by
persons of restricted mobility has been out under a
spotlight, along with many other Greater Manchester
stations. The sad fact is due to the confined space in
which it was built in Victorian times, and access by steps
from the road overbridge, does not meet in any way the legal
requirements. To rectify this situation would be very
difficult, as the necessary ramps would need to be very
long, and conflict with the current station structures.
Our detailed report, as sent to local councillors in
November 2021, is available
on this link.
20 January 2022
Traditionally a small garden has been maintained on the
Buxton-bound platform, and for some years we have tried to
revive this in a small way, but due to the growth of
Japanese Knotweed requiring drastic treatment, all has come
to nothing, for the forseeable future, at least on this side
of the station.
A look back at happier times. Above, 2016.
20 January 2022