The original station was opened in 1837 by the Grand Junction Railway. It was subsequently owned by LNWR 1846, LMSR 1923, BR 1948 and finally Network Rail.
It is currently managed by London Midland.
In 1961 the station buildings and footbridge were replaced as part of the West Coast electrification project. Customer Information Screens and electronic departure boards were introduced in 2011.
In 2014 a project commenced to replace the footbridge, shelters and increase the height of the platforms. Step free access along with automatic sliding doors to the Ticket Office is also being provided. When car park improvements are completed along with additional CCTV coverage car park charges will be introduced in 2015.
The station is staffed. When closed there is a Self Service Ticket Machine and a Permit to Travel Machine located outside the Booking Hall. There is a half hourly bus service Monday to Saturday to Northwich and Chester passing the station entrance.
Hartford is your West Coast Main Line Station for Northwich where you will find Weaver Hall Museum which tells the story of Mid Cheshire.
Hartford Station is 1 mile away from Greenbank Station where the Mid Cheshire Line provides a regular service between Chester and Manchester including intermediate stations at Northwich, Knutsford and Altrincham.
Hartford Station has an award in the Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition.