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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.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:25 - 19:35
Saturday 06:25 - 19:35
Sunday Closed
Ticket MachineUnavailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionUnavailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetUnavailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer help pointsUnavailable
Cycle storageUnavailable
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Ramped access to platforms and ticket office.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesUnavailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Salford Central has three entrances from New Bridge Street, with steps and a ramp up to the concourse. On the concourse you’ll find a ticket counter, accessible toilets and lifts to platform level. The platforms can also be accessed via two ramps – the one on the right leads to platform 1 (towards Manchester), and the one on the left to platform 2 (towards Preston, Clitheroe and Wigan).

Departures and arrivals from Salford Central

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Salford Central station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Kirkby (Merseyside)Northern07:06Late
to Preston (Lancs)Northern07:08On time
to LeedsNorthern07:31On time
to RochdaleNorthern07:36On time
to Manchester VictoriaNorthern07:43On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Manchester VictoriaNorthern07:06Late
from Manchester VictoriaNorthern07:08On time
from Wigan North WesternNorthern07:31On time
from ClitheroeNorthern07:36On time
from Kirkby (Merseyside)Northern07:42On time
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