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Rail first arrived in Irlam in 1873, but the station was resited in 1893 to accommodate the new Manchester Ship Canal. After lying derelict for nearly a quarter of a century, the station building underwent extensive renovation and reopened as a railway-themed cafe in 2015. Although the station sees a high footfall of some 250,000 passengers per annum, it remains unstaffed. Irlam itself is a Manchester commuter town about eight miles west of the city – trains reach Manchester Oxford Road in about 20 minutes, and also run west to Liverpool Lime Street. Today the area is mostly residential, but in the past the town enjoyed a profitable steel industry, with The Partington Steel and Iron Company opening their first works here in 1910. Surprisingly, there is agriculture here too: much of the town sits on a reclaimed peat bog, and moss land still exists to the north, supporting what is the largest farming community in Greater Manchester.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelUnstaffed
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetUnavailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer help pointsUnavailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorNorthern Rail
Car parking spaces16
Cycle storageUnavailable
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Step-free accessPart of station
Step-free access notes
Services towards Manchester : Level access from the car park onto the platform. Services towards Liverpool : From entrance onto Manchester platform, turn left and down 26 steps, through an underpass (28 paces) and up 28 steps onto the platform. Or, from Liverpool Road opposite Excalibur Way along a path to the underpass, up 28 steps onto the platform.
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesUnavailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
The main entrance to Irlam station is impossible to miss, thanks to the pristine condition of the renovated station buildings. The car park entrance leads directly onto platform 1 (towards Manchester) with a subway connecting to platform 2 (towards Liverpool). You can also access platform 2 directly – and step-free – via footpaths off Liverpool Road, but this requires a long walk from the station car park. The station currently has no ticket buying facilities.

Departures and arrivals from Irlam

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Irlam station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Liverpool Lime StreetNorthern18:362On time
to Manchester Oxford RoadNorthern18:461On time
to Liverpool Lime StreetNorthern19:072On time
to Manchester Oxford RoadNorthern19:141On time
to Liverpool Lime StreetNorthern19:31On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Manchester Oxford RoadNorthern18:362On time
from Liverpool Lime StreetNorthern18:451On time
from Manchester Oxford RoadNorthern19:072On time
from Liverpool Lime StreetNorthern19:131On time
from Manchester Oxford RoadNorthern19:30On time
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