Salford Central railway station

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Salford Central National Rail
Salford Central
The new glass frontage of the railway station
Place Salford
Local authority Salford
Coordinates 53°28′58″N 2°15′21″W / 53.4828°N 2.2558°W / 53.4828; -2.2558Coordinates: 53°28′58″N 2°15′21″W / 53.4828°N 2.2558°W / 53.4828; -2.2558
Grid reference SJ831984
Station code SFD
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.102 million
2005/06 Increase 0.117 million
2006/07 Increase 0.119 million
2007/08 Increase 0.125 million
2008/09 Increase 0.222 million
2009/10 Increase 0.226 million
2010/11 Increase 0.238 million
2011/12 Increase 0.265 million
2012/13 Increase 0.321 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Greater Manchester
Original company Manchester, Bolton and Bury Railway
Pre-grouping Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
29 May 1838 Opened as Salford
April 1858 Renamed Salford (New Bailey Street)
August 1865 Renamed Salford
3 October 1988 Renamed Salford Central
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Salford Central from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Salford Central railway station is a railway station in Salford, Greater Manchester in the North West of England just over the River Irwell from Manchester city centre. It is very close to Manchester's Spinningfields district and the area behind the House of Fraser (Kendal's) department store, Deansgate. It is served by trains to and from Manchester Victoria, towards Rochdale, Salford Crescent, Bolton, Wigan Wallgate and beyond. The station is managed by Northern Rail and has been modernised in recent years.


The station as it appeared in 1989

The railway station was opened on 29 May 1838 as a terminus on the Manchester and Bolton Railway, and was originally named Salford railway station.[1] In 1843 a connection to Manchester Victoria was built, carried on iron columns. The roof suffered from corrosion caused by the sulphurous emissions of locomotives passing through the station and one was replaced after only four years.[2] Between April 1858 and August 1865, the station was named Salford (New Bailey Street), after which it reverted to its original name of Salford.[1]

To avoid confusion with the far more recently built Salford Crescent (built to replace nearby Pendleton railway station), on 3 October 1988 the station was renamed Salford Central.[1] although it is not (as a matter of fact) central to Salford. For many years the station was served at peak times only.[3]

Eastbound ECS entering the station in 1959
Down local train passing through the station in 1959
Westbound empty stock train passing Salford Station in 1963

With only platforms 1 & 2 in current use (platforms 3 & 4 have been disused since the early 1990s), the station is now managed by Northern Rail and has undergone a major transformation in recent times. This has involved the construction of a new ticket office as well as making the station building fully accessible by the use of ramps from the entrances to the ticket office and lifts and ramps from the ticket office to the platforms.[4]

The station is closed on Sundays.


Manchester city centre is easily accessible either on foot or by a short ride on public transport, including the free Metroshuttle bus (No. 3) from New Bailey Street, directly outside the station. There is presently no taxi rank serving the station. Salford is also served by Salford Crescent railway station, well placed for the University of Salford and a relatively short walk from Salford Shopping City (Salford Precinct).

Future development[edit]

A Network Rail report suggests building platforms on the line to Liverpool (via Newton-le-Willows), the lines of which run through the station but are not provided with platforms.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Butt 1995, p. 204
  2. ^ Crookes 1874, p. 213
  3. ^ British Railways Timetable 95, 1973
  4. ^ Station's £5 million transformation unveiled, GMPTE, 2008-02-22, retrieved 2008-11-18 
  5. ^ Route Utilisation Strategies (PDF), retrieved 2008-09-17 


External links[edit]

Salford Lines (Past, present and future)
To Wigan
To Bolton
Little Hulton
To Wigan
Ellenbrook; Walkden Low Level
Walkden High Level
To Warrington
Moorside; To Bolton
Barton Moss; Worsley
Swinton; Dixon Fold
Patricroft; Monton Green
Pendlebury; To Bury
Eccles; Eccles
Clifton Junction
Agecroft Bridge
Weaste; Weaste
Brindle Heath Jct; Agecroft Jct
Langworthy; Seedley
Pendleton Bridge
MediaCityUK; Broadway
Cross Lane; Pendleton
Harbour City
Salford Crescent
Salford Docks
Salford Quays
Windsor Link
Exchange Quay
Ordsall Lane; Oldfield Road
To Manchester (Metrolink)
Ordsall Chord(proposed)
To Manchester (Deansgate)
Salford Central
To Manchester (Victoria)
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Salford Crescent   Northern Rail
Manchester-Preston Line
  Manchester Victoria
Salford Crescent   Northern Rail
Ribble Valley Line
  Manchester Victoria
Salford Crescent   Northern Rail
Manchester-Southport Line
  Manchester Victoria
Salford Crescent   Northern Rail
Mondays-Saturdays only
  Manchester Victoria
Historical railways
Oldfield Road
Line open, station closed
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Manchester and Bolton Railway
  Manchester Victoria
Line and station open