Astley Bridge railway station

Astley Bridge railway station served the village of Astley Bridge, England, from 1877 to 1879 on the Astley Branch Railway.

Astley Bridge
General information
LocationAstley Bridge, Greater Manchester
Coordinates53°35′45″N 2°25′54″W / 53.5957°N 2.4317°W / 53.5957; -2.4317
Other information
Original companyLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Pre-groupingLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Key dates
15 October 1877 (1877-10-15)Opened
1 October 1879 (1879-10-01)Closed for passengers
?closed for goods trains
Astley Bridge is located in Greater Manchester
Astley Bridge
Astley Bridge
Location within Greater Manchester



In 1871, the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway was authorised to build a branch line from Bolton to Astley Bridge, where it would serve a large business population. It was to leave the Bolton–Blackburn line at a junction on Tonge Viaduct named Astley Bridge Junction, about 74 chains (1.5 km) from the junction at Bolton station. There were to be two stations on the branch, an intermediate goods station at Halliwell and the terminus at Astley Bridge, 1 mile 184 yards (1.778 km) from Astley Bridge Junction. Construction began in 1874, and progress was slow: goods trains began running as far as Halliwell in February 1876; the line was completed in June 1877 but not opened until 15 October 1877. Both stations opened to passengers that day, and there was a service of nine trains per day in each direction. 83 passengers were carried on the first day, but within two years, many trains carried no passengers at all. As a result, it was a short-lived station, closing to passengers on 1 October 1879. Both stations remained open for goods, and Astley Bridge became a coal yard.[1][2][3][4]

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Terminus   Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Astley Bridge Branch
  Halliwell Goods
Line and station closed


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  2. ^ Hurst, Geoffrey (1982). Miles and Chains 2: London Midland. Worksop: Milepost. list 58. ISBN 0-9507577-1-3.
  3. ^ Quick, M E (2002). Railway passenger stations in England, Scotland and Wales - a chronology. Richmond: Railway and Canal Historical Society. p. 56. OCLC 931112387.
  4. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 20, 112. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.