Clifton (Manchester) railway station
|The ramp leading to the southbound platform|
|Managed by||Northern Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|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 Rail – UK 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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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. 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, by which time the MB&RR had amalgamated with other companies to become the East Lancashire Railway, and the M&BR had itself amalgamated with the Manchester and Leeds Railway; the M&LR became the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in 1847.
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.
The line to Bury closed in 1966, but (as of October 2013[update]) the viaduct remains a local landmark.
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.
- 07:06 to Manchester Victoria, calling at: Salford Crescent, Salford Central and Manchester Victoria. This train originates from Blackburn.
- 18:30 to Wigan Wallgate calling Farnworth, Bolton, Westhoughton, Hindley and Wigan Wallgate. This train originates from Huddersfield.
- Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. pp. 30–30. ISBN 0-7153-4352-1.
- Marshall 1969, p. 110
- Marshall 1969, p. 106
- Marshall 1969, p. 33
- Marshall 1969, p. 65
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 63. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- 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.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Clifton railway station.|
- Train times and station information for Clifton (Manchester) railway station from National Rail
- History of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway with mention of Molyneux Junction
- Images of Clifton line, including a reference to Molyneux Brow Station
|Salford Lines (Past, present and future)|
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Salford Crescent||Northern Rail
Ribble Valley Line
Line open, station closed
Line open, station closed
Line and station closed