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Salford Crescent

Salford Crescent station is located adjacent to Salford University.

Salford Crescent is a very busy interchange station giving passengers the opportunity to change between trains which serve the north (via Victoria) and south (via Piccadilly) sides of Manchester. The station dates from 1987 and has proven very successful both as an interchange, a means of accessing the adjacent University, and entry to the railway system for those living and working nearby. This success has meant that at times the station becomes very crowded and plans are being developed to redevelop and expand the station.

Address Salford Crescent Station, University Road West, Salford, Greater Manchester M5 4BR

Grid Reference

SJ 818 988 – for a map visit and enter the grid reference.


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  • Staffed Station (platform staff from first to last train, booking office open Monday to Saturdays 0610 – 2245, and Sundays 0900 – 2130, providing national rail information and tickets and other public transport information).
  • Waiting Room
  • Additional seating on platforms
  • Customer Information Screens
  • Public Address System
  • CCTV
  • Accessibility and Mobility Access:  Access to the platforms is by means of a stepped ramp leading from a bridge which links to both sides of the railway tracks.

This station is not suitable for wheelchair users for access or to interchange between trains, as the ramps do not fit onto the platform properly.  From Withington Street, across the footbridge and down a stepped ramp (32 paces, 1:8 slope with 18 steps of 12cm rise 170cm apart) to the ticket office. Or from University Road West up ramp (43 paces, 1:24 slope) or up 22 steps, across the footbridge (27 paces) and down a stepped ramp (32 paces, 1:8 slope, with 18 steps of 12cm rise 170cm apart) to the ticket office. Trains to Manchester and Manchester Airport leave on the right. Trains to Bolton and Wigan leave on the left.

Other Information

  • The station is a short walk from the Crescent (A6) which is served by numerous buses into and out of Salford and Manchester.  Click here for bus timetables.
  • It is within easy walking distance of Peel Park and the River Irwell.
  • The Park dates to 1846. In 1866 the river burst its banks and the park contains an obelisk showing a flood level of 8ft 6in.  Click here for more detail.
  • Salford Museum and Art Gallery is also nearby. The Museum contains “Lark Hill Place” which is reputed to be the finest recreated Victorian street of its kind.  Click here for more detail.
  • Overlooking the park is the University of Salford’s Peel Building. This was previously known as the Salford Royal Technical College and one of its more famous students was L.S.Lowry. A number of his works feature in the park.
  • Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited Salford in 1851 and their statues, located in front of the Art Gallery, commemorate this event.


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