Salford Central station is a short distance across the River Irwell from Manchester city centre, and mostly provides train services to and from Manchester Victoria, Rochdale and Wigan Wallgate. The station dates back to 1838 and was originally known as simply Salford – it took on its new name following the completion of Salford Crescent station in 1988. Platforms three and four have been disused since the early 1990s.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, Salford was a booming factory town with a thriving cotton and silk industry. At that time Salford Docks was a key dockyard of the Manchester Ship Canal, but today the area has undergone a substantial regeneration program, and is now dominated by the likes of the University of Salford and MediaCityUK – home to many BBC programmes. Manchester city centre is only a short bus ride away on the free No. 3 Metroshuttle, which you can catch on New Bailey Street outside the station.