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Radcliffe is a tram stop on the Bury Line of Greater Manchester's light rail Metrolink system. It is located in Radcliffe, a part of the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, England.

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Radcliffe Metrolink station in January 2017
Radcliffe is located in Manchester_Metrolink
Location of Radcliffe in Greater Manchester
Local authorityBury
Coordinates53°33′45″N 2°19′16″W / 53.5624°N 2.3211°W / 53.5624; -2.3211Coordinates: 53°33′45″N 2°19′16″W / 53.5624°N 2.3211°W / 53.5624; -2.3211
Grid referenceSD788073
Fare zone information
Metrolink Zone4
Present statusIn operation
Original operatorLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Pre-grouping companyLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-grouping companyLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
British Rail
Opened1 September 1879
Conversion to Metrolink operation6 April 1992
Former nameRadcliffe New; Radcliffe Central
Renamed1 July 1933; 3 May 1971
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It originally opened on 1 September 1879 as Radcliffe Central railway station on the former heavy rail line from Manchester Victoria to Bury. It was named Radcliffe Central railway station to differentiate it from Radcliffe Black Lane railway station on the line from Bolton to Rochdale which closed in 1970.

It was rebuilt in 1956 to the designs of the architect John Broome[1]


The stop lies within Ticketing Zone A. There is a walkway from the stop towards the town centre and Radcliffe Bus Station. A blue neon sign adorns the front of the station which reads "From the tower, falls the shadow", this was added in 2005.[2] The station is located across from Radcliffe Leisure Centre, Spring Lane School, and a popular National Cycle Network route which was a continuation of the railway line.


Services mostly run every 12 minutes on 2 routes, forming a 6-minute service between Bury and Manchester at peak times.

Preceding station     Manchester Metrolink   Following station
towards Altrincham
Altrincham – Bury Line
towards Piccadilly
Bury – Piccadilly Line
Whitefield   Bury Line   Buckley Wells
Disused railways
Line and station open
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway   Withins Lane
Line open, station closed
    Ainsworth Road
Line and station closed

Connecting bus routesEdit

Radcliffe Metrolink station is served by First Greater Manchester's 524 service, which runs frequently between Bury, Radcliffe centre and Bolton. It is also served by Maytree Travel's 512 and 513 service, which also runs between Bury, Radcliffe and Bolton, with the services also serving Farnworth and Whitefield (513 only). Maytree's service 95 also runs to Bury while southbound heads to Pendleton via Whitefield and Prestwich. The 486, operated by Rosso runs near the station and operates from Radcliffe bus station towards Bury via Bradley Fold and Ainsworth.[3] Radcliffe is also served by Radcliffe bus station.



  1. ^ Lawrence, David (2018). British Rail Architecture 1948-97. Crecy Publishing Ltd. p. 51. ISBN 9780860936855.
  2. ^ "Brass Art, "From the Tower Falls the Shadow" (2005)". Retrieved 11 September 2008.
  3. ^ "Transport for Greater Manchester - Journey Planning - Network Maps". Transport for Greater Manchester. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012.

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