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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.
Friends of Davenport Station is part of a network of
similar groups around the country who support their
local station, by liaising with the railway company to
encourage train travel and improve the environment of
the station and its train services. We are supported by
Northern Trains, Transport for Greater Manchester and the
national Community Rail Network.
We were founded in 2004, and have remained a small group,
but we are in regular contact with the company, and
nearby groups regarding local issues. Gardening is a
common activity, but this has been restricted due to the
presence of invasive japanese knotweed which we first raised
with the company in 2006. We have a small picture gallery in
the waiting room; community groups are welcome to display
their work there. We also have an extensive collection of
local history articles on our website
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Rail full details for Davenport station
Postal Address of the station:
Ticket office opening hours: Monday - Friday 06:20 -
Saturday 07:00 - 13:30
For times when the office is closed, there is a self-service
ticket machine on the platform. Passengers are required to
use this card-only machine; if you only have cash or the
ticket you need is not on the machine you must use the
machine to get a 'promise to pay' ticket to show to the
conductor (or ths staff at your destination) who will sell
you a ticket. Not doing so will make you liable to a
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
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
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| Station 'moving
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 another one-day
strike on 27 July, meaning no trains running in our area
except a Liverpool - Airport - Alderley Edge via Styal
service. Northern's information is
. Further strikes are planned for 18 and 20
August. 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
There is also a a strike of ASLEF-union train drivers on
30 July; this does not affect Northern, just Arriva Rail
London, Chiltern Railways, Greater Anglia, Great
Western, Hull Trains, LNER, Southeastern and West
Midlands Trains, none of which serve our area.
22 July 2022
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
changes to Council wards in 2023 will remove the
anomaly in the present version of 'Davenport and Cale
Green' ward which puts part of 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
'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, thos leaving a one-hour
gap between 08:06 and 09:07. Peak-time
fares are being charged for a service worse than in
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
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 serve
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
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
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 space...
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 Navensu 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
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 weekdays. Timetable
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
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 Summer timetable.
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.
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 peak periods.
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 twice.
We are now told that this reduced timetable, and those
on other lines, will continue until May.
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 incorrect.
28 February 2022
At least some of our bulbs escaped the recent
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
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