Swinton railway station (Greater Manchester)

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Swinton National Rail
Swinton (Manchester) railway station 1.jpg
Place Swinton
Local authority Salford
Grid reference SD777020
Station code SNN
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Decrease 0.138 million
2013/14 Steady 0.138 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.126 million
2015/16 Increase 0.133 million
2016/17 Increase 0.137 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Greater Manchester
Key dates Opened 13 June 1887 (13 June 1887)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Swinton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Swinton railway station serves the town of Swinton and Pendlebury in the City of Salford, Greater Manchester, England.

Swinton is one of the local stations that lie on the Manchester to Southport Line between Wigan and Manchester. The station is located 5 mileschains (8.1 km) north-west of Manchester Victoria[1] with regular Northern services to these towns as well as Salford, Atherton and Hindley, with onward trains to Wigan, Kirkby and Southport. It opened along with the line to passenger trains in June 1887.

Although the station is in the City of Salford, rather than Manchester, the name "Swinton (Manchester)" is used by National Rail to refer to the station (to avoid confusion with Swinton railway station in South Yorkshire). The station is actually located in Pendlebury and not Swinton itself, the boundary between the two districts being about 40 yards further down Station Road (B5231), beyond the junction with Boundary Road and nearer the town centre.

Swinton railway station has relatively basic facilities. For example, the ticket office is only open until 12:50 on weekdays and 13:50 on Saturdays (closed Sundays) - after this time one must purchase tickets on board the train. A screen in the booking hall lists live departure times of the trains showing any delays or cancellations, and screens are also now installed in the centre of the island platform showing live train departure information to commuters waiting on the platforms. An intercom type unit is also installed on the platform which passengers can use in the event of an emergency or if they need help or information when the station is unstaffed. As the ticket office is at street level (on the bridge above) and connected to the platforms via a staircase, no step-free access is available for wheelchair or mobility-impaired users.[2]


A 1905 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing (upper right) railways in the vicinity of Swinton

Monday to Saturday daytimes, two trains per hour go southbound towards Manchester Victoria and two per hour towards Wigan Wallgate (hourly onwards to Southport and Kirkby northbound.[3] Most Southport to Manchester trains continue through to Todmorden and Blackburn via the Caldervale Line.

The evening service is similar, though there are no trains to Kirkby after 19:30. On Sundays there are two trains per hour each way to Manchester Victoria & Wigan, with hourly extensions to Southport.

A normal service operates on most bank holidays.

Reinstatement of Sunday service[edit]

During much of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, there were no Sunday services serving Swinton. After several years of successful lobbying from passenger user groups and station friends' groups, Northern introduced a 12-month trial Sunday service beginning on 23 May 2010 with the funding support from GMPTE.

The service still continues to operate in the December 2016 timetable and is included in the new Northern Rail franchise agreement that came into effect in April 2016.


  1. ^ Yonge, John (March 2005) [1990]. Jacobs, Gerald, ed. Railway Track Diagrams 4: Midlands & North West (2nd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 48A. ISBN 0-9549866-0-1. 
  2. ^ Swinton (Manchester) station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 20 December 2016
  3. ^ Table 82 National Rail timetable, May 2018

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Walkden or
Manchester-Southport Line
  Salford Crescent
  Historical railways  
Line and station open
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway   Pendlebury
Line open, station closed

Coordinates: 53°30′53″N 2°20′12″W / 53.5148°N 2.3367°W / 53.5148; -2.3367