SJ7787 : Bike & Go at Altrincham

taken 5 months ago, near to Altrincham, Trafford, Great Britain

Bike & Go at Altrincham
Bike & Go at Altrincham
Launched in the autumn of 2013, the bike hire scheme available at 70 railway stations (at the time of writing, 2017) lets travellers complete their journey by bike. To use the service, a person pays a 10 annual subscription. The daily rental charge is 3.80 (2017 rates). A bike can be kept for up to 72 hours at a time. For further information see LinkExternal link. At Altrincham the bikes are on platform 4 near the car park entrance.
Altrincham railway station and interchange :: SJ7687
The station was opened as "Altrincham and Bowdon" on 3 April 1881 by the Manchester South Junction and Altrincham Railway, replacing two separate stations, neither of which was more than half a mile either side.

Platforms 1 and 2 served local trains to Manchester, electrified in 1931 at 1500V, and platforms 3 and 4 were (and still are) for trains to Chester.

The Manchester line was re-electrified at 25kV in 1971, allowing trains to run through to Crewe, and about the same time the depot south of the station was closed, platforms 1 and 2 becoming terminal ones.

The above is a summary from local author Frank Dixon's history of the line, published 1973 by the Oakwood Press.

The station name was shortened to just "Altrincham" in 1974. The electric service to Manchester ceased in 1991 in preparation for conversion to tram operation; diesel services from Manchester to Chester have run via Stockport since then, rejoining the MSJA route briefly at Navigation Road, from where they occupy one of the two tracks and the trams the other. Tram operation started in 1992.

The original Altrincham bus station was replaced in 1975 with one immediately outside the railway station, making a modern interchange. The interchange was rebuilt in 2014.
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SJ7787, 65 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 25 February, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 14 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Roads, Road transport  Railways 
Date (from Tags)
2013 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 7704 8799 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:23.2948N 2:20.8010W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 7701 8797
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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