Manchester Airport railway station
is the railway station
that serves Manchester Airport
and is built into the airport's terminal buildings. The station was opened together with the second airport terminal in 1993.
The station is situated south of at the end of a short branch from the Styal Line
. It is accessed via a triangular junction located between and .
The station platforms are connected by escalator, elevator, ramps and an elevated covered walkway (known as the "Sky Link") to the airport terminal buildings in which a manned railway ticket office is situated. Throughout the airport complex, the railway station is known as "The Station"
and is signposted as such.
In December 2008 a third rail platform opened after a year of construction and a total cost of £15 million. It will allow for extra rail capacity and increasing passenger demand. Arriva Trains Wales
are planning to extend some of their to Manchester Piccadilly services to here.
Unlike most major stations there are no ticket barriers but staff usually check your ticket before you enter the platforms.
, First TransPennine Express
and Arriva Trains Wales
are the three current franchise holders that serve Manchester Airport. They operate services between the airport and Crewe
(for connections to Southern England
); Manchester Piccadilly; various destinations throughout Northern England
and, since December 2007, to and via .
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