Salford Crescent railway station

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Salford Crescent National Rail
for University of Salford
Salford Crescent Railway Station, David Dixon, 3889521.jpg
Salford Crescent railway station in 2014
Local authorityCity of Salford
Grid referenceSJ818988
Station codeSLD
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryC2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Decrease 1.038 million
– Interchange Decrease 0.352 million
2015/16Decrease 0.956 million
– Interchange Increase 0.379 million
2016/17Increase 1.149 million
– Interchange Decrease 0.346 million
2017/18Decrease 1.141 million
– Interchange Decrease 0.305 million
2018/19Increase 1.289 million
– Interchange Increase 0.630 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTEGreater Manchester
Original companyBritish Rail
11 May 1987 (1987-05-11)Station opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Salford Crescent from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Salford Crescent railway station is a railway station in Salford, Greater Manchester, England, opened by British Rail in 1987.

The station is 1 mile (1.6 km) west of Salford Central, 1.75 miles (2.82 km) west of Manchester Victoria and 2.25 miles (3.62 km) west of Manchester Piccadilly. It consists of a single island platform with a ticket office and waiting room.

The station is near the University of Salford, between the Peel Park and Frederick Road Campus.

Salford Crescent is the point of a split in the Manchester-Preston Line, with local services running on to Manchester Victoria and long-distance services going to Manchester Piccadilly (via the 1988 Windsor Link to Ordsall Lane Junction), and is also part of the line between Manchester and Southport, frequently being used as an interchange between the two lines. Manchester North signalling centre was formerly located at the station, prior to its closure in April 2015.,[1][2] Ticket gates have been in operation at the station since 2016.


Eastbound: frequent services operate to Manchester Piccadilly, mostly continuing to either Manchester Airport, Hazel Grove or Alderley Edge and to Manchester Victoria, with many services extending to either Stalybridge, Rochdale, Blackburn via Todmorden and Burnley Manchester Road or Leeds via Brighouse.[3]

Westbound: Northern services operate to Bolton, Clitheroe, Wigan Wallgate (via Atherton, Wigan North Western via Bolton, Kirkby, Southport, Preston and Blackpool North

First TransPennine Express used to run the services from Manchester Airport to Blackpool North, Windermere & Barrow but this was passed on to the new Northern franchise on 1 April 2016. Barrow and Windermere services now run via Wigan N.W and do not call here.

Engineering work on the (heavily delayed) Manchester to Preston Line electrification project has seen all weekend services here suspended (and replaced by buses) for much of 2017-18 (through trains being diverted via Eccles and the West Coast Main Line) - these blockades continued until November 2018.

Electric Service commenced on Monday 11 February 2019 utilising Class 319 Electric Multiple Units.

Connecting bus routes[edit]

Salford Crescent is served by Stagecoach Manchester's service 50, a cross-city bus service between East Didsbury and MediaCityUK.[4] Services 8, 31, 36, 37, 67 and 100 also stop outside the station and run to Manchester, terminating at either Piccadilly Gardens or Shudehill Interchange. Services also head towards Bolton, Eccles, Swinton, Pendlebury, Trafford Centre, Warrington and Farnworth.[5]


In 2007, Network Rail recognised that Salford Crescent could not cope with existing passenger levels, leading to platform overcrowding.[6] It suggested expansion of the station with extra platforms, greater use of it as an interchange and use as a terminus for services from east of Manchester. It also raised the possibility of moving the station.

In 2012, improvement work started at the station, including platform extensions, a new rain canopy and the relocation of the ticket office to street level.[7] The works were completed in October 2013 and officially opened by Mayor of Salford, Ian Stewart.

The station in 2010, prior to the improvement works.


The station in early 2018, undergoing electrification works
The station in early 2018, undergoing electrification works

Although it does not include the line via Atherton to Wigan, the main line connecting Manchester stations to Preston and Blackpool passing through Salford Crescent is being electrified. The physical-civil engineering work was hit by a number of delays which delayed its completion by two years.[8] The first electric test trains ran on the night of 13 December 2018,[9] and the first electric passenger services commenced in early February 2019, utilising Class 319 electric multiple units.


The station's ticket office is manned throughout the week (06:30 to 21:45 weekdays and Saturdays, 09:10 to 16:00 on Sundays) and there is a self-service ticket machine in the booking hall. A waiting room, digital information screens and automated announcements are provided at platform level. Step-free access is via a lift from the road bridge and ticket hall (there is also a staircase to the platform).[10]


  1. ^ Friends of Walkden Station - Signal Box history FOWS website article; Retrieved 2009-04-29
  2. ^ Easter closure at Manchester Victoria for signalling transferRailway Technology Magazine 1 April 2015; Retrieved 8 September 2015
  3. ^ Table 82 National Rail timetable, May 2019
  4. ^ "Stagecoach Bus - CityConnect-50". Stagecoach Manchester. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Transport for Greater Manchester - Journey Planning - Network Maps". Transport for Greater Manchester. Archived from the original on 16 December 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  6. ^ Network Rail North West RUS Archived 1 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine Network Rail website; retrieved 2009-04-29
  7. ^ £12 million upgrade starts on overcrowded Salford Crescent stationManchester Evening News article 16 October 2012
  8. ^ Cox, Charlotte (11 January 2018). "Plans to electrify Manchester to Preston rail route delayed AGAIN". men. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  9. ^ "First electric test train passes through Bolton as upgrade nears completion"Network Rail, Media Centre press release 14 December 2018; Retrieved 20 December 2018
  10. ^ Salford Crescent station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 20 December 2016

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Bolton   Northern
Manchester-Preston Line
  Salford Central
or Deansgate
Bolton   Northern
Ribble Valley Line
  Salford Central
Kearsley or
Clifton or
Bolton or
Manchester-Wigan Wallgate
  Salford Central
Swinton or
Kearsley or
Clifton or
Bolton Interchange
Manchester-Southport Line
  Salford Central
Swinton   Northern
  Salford Central
Bolton   Northern Connect
Blackpool North - Manchester Airport
  Historical railways  
Line open, station closed
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway   Windsor Bridge, Pendleton
Line open, station closed

Coordinates: 53°29′11″N 2°16′33″W / 53.48639°N 2.27583°W / 53.48639; -2.27583