Longport Railway Station

Longport railway station is a station serving the areas of Longport, Middleport and Burslem, all districts in the northern part of Stoke-on-Trent, England. The station is served by trains on the Crewe to Derby Line which is also a Community rail line known as the North Staffordshire line. The station is owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Trains (EMT) Train Operating Company (TOC).

Hourly passenger services to Longport are provided by EMT, and additionally in morning peak hours by Northern Rail. The full range of tickets for travel are purchased from the guard on the train at no extra cost.

The station was opened by the North Staffordshire Railway (NSR) on 9 October 1848 and was then named Burslem. It was renamed to Longport when a new Burslem station (which was much nearer to the town) opened after the NSR built their Loop Line.

The station is adjacent to Longbridge Hayes industrial estate and the A500 road.

Until 2003 Longport along with Etruria were request stops on Central Trains services running from the station.

From December 2008 Northern have reduced the number of trains which stop at the station in line with contractual requirements agreed with the Department for Transport. Northern now only operate two early morning Northbound services to Manchester Piccadilly at 06.34 and 07.21 (Monday to Friday). Southbound Northern Rail services no longer stop at Longport, thus requiring any commuters from Manchester, Stockport and Macclesfield to use Northern Rail services to Kidsgrove, then switch onto the hourly East Midlands Trains service to Derby, which departs 49 minutes later.

This station is the closest to Port Vale F.C.

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