Clifton railway station (Greater Manchester)
The ramp leading to the southbound platform
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|PTE||Transport for 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 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 and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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 at the junction, with two platforms for each route (Bolton or Bury), opened in June 1847, and was named Clifton Junction.
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.
The service at Clifton railway station is very limited in the current 2015-16 timetable (and has been since 1992), with just one train calling in each direction between Manchester Victoria and Wigan Wallgate per day - southbound (at 07:06) in the morning peak and northbound (at 18:22) in the evening. In 2012, the station had only a small amount of services day in each direction (local services run by Northern); only 170 passengers were recorded as using the station in 2010–11. The single daily service each way was suspended between May 2015 and the December 2015 timetable change due to the ongoing modernisation work at Farnworth Tunnel, with a replacement bus provided instead. The station reopened on schedule on 14 December 2015.
Electric service commenced on Monday 11 February 2019, utilising Class 319 Electric Multiple Units.
There is no Sunday service.
- 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.
- Disused Stations - Clifton JunctionDisused Stations; Retrieved 14 December 2015
- Northern Rail Timetable 14 Manchester & Manchester Airport to Southport & Kirkby, 13 Dec 2015 - 14 May 2016Northern Rail; Retrieved 14 December 2015
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Clifton railway station.|
- Train times and station information for Clifton railway station (Greater Manchester) 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
Railway Lines in Salford
Past, present and future
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Wigan Wallgate - Manchester Victoria
Line open, station closed
|Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway||Agecroft Bridge|
Line open, station closed
Line and station closed