Clifton (Manchester) railway station

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This article is about the station in Clifton, Greater Manchester. For the stations in other places called Clifton, see Clifton railway station (disambiguation).
Clifton National Rail
The ramp leading to the southbound platform
Place Clifton
Local authority Salford
Coordinates 53°31′20″N 2°18′51″W / 53.5223°N 2.3141°W / 53.5223; -2.3141Coordinates: 53°31′20″N 2°18′51″W / 53.5223°N 2.3141°W / 53.5223; -2.3141
Grid reference SD793028
Station code CLI
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  417
2005/06 Decrease 182
2006/07 Increase 277
2007/08 Decrease 152
2008/09 Increase 216
2009/10 Increase 278
2010/11 Decrease 170
2011/12 Increase 498
2012/13 Decrease 334
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Greater Manchester
Original company East Lancashire Railway
Pre-grouping Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
June 1847 Opened as Clifton Junction
6 May 1974 Renamed Clifton
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Clifton from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Clifton railway station is a railway station in Clifton, Greater Manchester, England which was formerly called Clifton Junction railway station. It lies on the Manchester to Preston Line.


The railway line between Salford and Bolton, the Manchester and Bolton Railway (M&BR), opened in 1838, but had no stations between Agecroft Bridge and Ringley.[1] In 1844, the Manchester, Bury and Rossendale Railway (MB&RR) was authorised to build a line from a junction with the M&BR at Clifton, to Rawtenstall. It opened to the public on 28 September 1846,[2] by which time the MB&RR had amalgamated with other companies to become the East Lancashire Railway,[3] and the M&BR had itself amalgamated with the Manchester and Leeds Railway;[4] the M&LR became the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in 1847.[5]

A 1905 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing (upper right) railways in the vicinity of Clifton

The Bury line ran northward from the junction, crossing the Irwell Valley on Clifton Viaduct (known locally as "the 13-arches"), to run on the opposite side of the valley to the Bolton line. A station just to the north-west of the junction, with two platforms for each route, opened in June 1847, and was named Clifton Junction.[2][6]

The line to Bury closed in 1966, but (as of October 2013) the viaduct remains a local landmark.

On 6 May 1974 the station was renamed Clifton,[6][7] (even though the area has become known as Clifton Junction), and in the 1980s the service was reduced to one train per day in each direction.

The closest station to Clifton Junction with a regular service is Swinton 1.25 miles (2.01 km) miles away on the line between Manchester and Wigan via Atherton.

Local industry made good use of Clifton Junction railway station long before the advent of mass car ownership when three factories were established close by enabling employees and visitors access by train. The three factories were Magnesium Elektron Ltd, Chloride Batteries Ltd and Pilkington's Tiles Ltd.


There is a limited service from Clifton station with one train in each direction between Manchester Victoria and Bolton Mondays to Saturdays. In 2012, the station had only one train a day in each direction (local services run by Northern Rail); only 170 passengers were recorded as using the station in 2010–11.


  1. ^ Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. pp. 30–30. ISBN 0-7153-4352-1. 
  2. ^ a b Marshall 1969, p. 110
  3. ^ Marshall 1969, p. 106
  4. ^ Marshall 1969, p. 33
  5. ^ Marshall 1969, p. 65
  6. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 63. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  7. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (July 1974). "Notes and News: Stations renamed by LMR". Railway Magazine (London: IPC Transport Press Ltd) 120 (879): 363. ISSN 0033-8923. 

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