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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

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 CleethorpesTransPennine Express21:00Late
to Liverpool Lime StreetNorthern21:032On time
to Manchester Oxford RoadNorthern21:141On time
to Liverpool Lime StreetTransPennine Express21:24On time
to DoncasterTransPennine Express21:52On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Manchester Oxford RoadNorthern21:022On time
from Liverpool Lime StreetNorthern21:141On time
from CleethorpesTransPennine Express21:23On time
from Liverpool Lime StreetTransPennine Express21:52On time
from Manchester Oxford RoadNorthern22:042On time
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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