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- Mayfield Train Station -
Visited with nickindroy, Stopford_lad and Tom Sherman. Thanks to Stopford_lad for being the tour guide.
Finally got around to uploading this.
Opened on 8 August 1910 by the London & North Western Railway, Manchester Mayfield was built alongside Manchester London Road station (later Piccadilly) to handle the increased number of trains and passengers following the opening of the Styal Line in 1909. It was connected to London Road via a high-level footbridge. It was mainly used by suburban services to the south of Manchester, but a number of main line services used it during busy periods.
Mayfield suffered the effects of bombing during World War II, when it was hit by a parachute mine. During the 1950s, the sole passenger usage consisted of the arrival of the Pines Express from Bournemouth West at about 5pm. It came into its own for a brief period during the electrification and modernisation of what was to become Piccadilly Station in the late 1950s, when many services were diverted to it after a restoration of sorts. It was closed to passengers on 28 August 1960.
Use as a goods station:
The site was converted into a parcels depot which opened on 6 July 1970. Royal Mail constructed a sorting office on the opposite side of the main line and connected it to Mayfield with an overhead conveyor bridge which crosses the throat of Piccadilly Station. The depot closed in 1986 following the decision by Parcelforce, Royal Mail's parcels division, to abandon rail transport in favour of road haulage. The building has remained disused ever since, with the tracks into Mayfield removed in 1989 as part of the remodelling of the Piccadilly Station layout. The sorting office was briefly reused as an indoor karting track, but has now been rebuilt as the Square One development, prestige offices used by Network Rail; the parcel conveyor bridge was removed in 2003.
The site is currently owned by BRB Residuary. The interior of the station was used in Prime Suspect as a drug dealer's haunt. It was also used as a double for Sheffield railway station in The Last Train. The roadside building was gutted by a fire in 2005.
17th October 2012 -
A PLANNING application has been submitted for permission to pull down the roof at Manchester's derelict Mayfield railway station. Prior to Government cutbacks the site, next to Piccadilly Station, was earmarked for a 550,000 sq ft civil service campus, described as a "Whitehall of the North". The planned demolition work is not a prelude to a revival of this scheme but instead an attempt to make the area safe. A planning application states: "The existing structure is in a dangerous condition and hazardous to both authorised persons who are on site, and trespassers entering the site illegally." The work will involve the removal of an asbestos roof covering and broken wired glazed roof lights, and the supporting structure, "all of which are in a dangerous condition". The application has been made by British Rail Board (Residuary), the government agency that manages the site. Manchester City Council is understood to still harbour a desire to create a civil service campus site in the longer term, but in the interim a new partnership is being formed involving BRBR and Transport for Greater Manchester which will bring forward a new development strategy for the site.
Such a rotten floor, I almost fell through.
1910 Buffer stops.
The only photo I managed to get from outside.
As at 24th February 2013 work seems to have started on removing the roof.