Reddish South is a station in Reddish, Stockport on the Stockport - Stalybridge line, famous for having only one train a week in one direction. A single track serves a single, bare platform. Unlike Denton (another station on the line) which has a bench as its sole passenger facility, Reddish South has no facilities whatsoever, nor any lighting.
Originally the station consisted of two island platforms with four tracks. One of these track beds has been sold off, while another has been filled in. The second island is now inaccessible as there are no longer steps down to it.
The station is a request stop. In theory prospective passengers must flag down the train, as it approaches the station. However in practice the train usually stops at every station, regardless of whether there are passengers waiting.
Quietest station in the UK
According to the 2007/8 National rail figures, Reddish South had only 47 entries and exits in a 12 month period, making it the UK's least used railway station. (2 stations were ranked lower than this but they were newly opened, and thus did not gain patronage for the whole year.)
With 56 passenger entries and exits between April 2011 and March 2012, Reddish South is the fourth-least used station in Great Britain.
The only service is the 10:13 Fridays-only train from Stockport to Stalybridge calling at 10:20, which then continues to Denton, Guide Bridge and Stalybridge.
Reddish does however have a second station, Reddish North railway station, which has a regular service.
Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS) for the North West, have proposed closure of Reddish South and Denton stations and withdrawal of the remaining passenger service. The line itself would remain open for freight and diverted passenger workings.There has been a proposal using the line for services between London and Bradford via the West Coast Main line using Guide Bridge or Stalybridge station as a stop. However, their application was rejected. There is a campaign for a regular service from Stockport to Manchester Victoria, stopping at Reddish South.
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