Bowker Vale
Metrolink station
Bowker Vale tram stop.jpg
Bowker Vale in January 2017
General information
LocationBowker Vale and Blackley, City of Manchester
Coordinates53°31′30″N 2°15′00″W / 53.5249°N 2.2499°W / 53.5249; -2.2499Coordinates: 53°31′30″N 2°15′00″W / 53.5249°N 2.2499°W / 53.5249; -2.2499
Grid referenceSD835031
Line(s)Bury Line
Other information
StatusIn operation
Fare zone2/3
Opened26 September 1938 (1938-09-26)
Original companyLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
British Rail
Key dates
17 August 1991Closed as a rail station
6 April 1992Conversion to Metrolink operation

Bowker Vale is a tram stop in the suburban areas of Bowker Vale and Blackley, Greater Manchester, England. It is on the Bury Line of Greater Manchester's light rail Metrolink system.


See also: History of Manchester Metrolink

Bowker Vale railway station in 1988
Bowker Vale railway station in 1988

The station is adjacent to the site of the original Bowker Vale railway station, opened on 26 September 1938 by the London Midland and Scottish Railway. The architecture of the station buildings and footbridge is a striking example of 1930s concrete design, perhaps inspired by the developments on the London Underground at the time.[citation needed] The tram stop opened to passengers on 6 April 1992 as part of Phase 1 of the system's expansion and is on the border between the Metropolitan Borough of Bury and Manchester, England.

The station forms part of Metrolink Ticketing Zone C. The bottom of the embankment to the north-east of the station forms part of the boundary between the City of Manchester and the Metropolitan Borough of Bury between the districts of Prestwich, Blackley and Crumpsall. The station is situated between Middleton Road and Windsor Road, three passageways provide public access to the station. Ticket machines are located on each platform. There is a public telephone located on the Bury-bound platform.[1]


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 Crumpsalltowards AltrinchamAltrincham – Bury LineHeaton Parktowards Bury Crumpsalltowards PiccadillyBury – Piccadilly Line

Connecting bus routes

From the station-adjacent bus stop, First Greater Manchester service 59 travel to Oldham. The 59 via Middleton before continuing to Rushcroft via Shaw. Go North West service 41 travels towards Sale via Manchester and MRI. Stagecoach Greater Manchester service 41 also run Middleton in weekday evenings.

On the opposite side of Middleton Road from the station bus 59 travel towards Manchester, as does Stagecoach service 41, with services 41 calling at North Manchester General Hospital and Crumpsall en route.[2]


  1. ^ "Metrolink Stop Information - Bowker Vale". Metrolink. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Transport for Greater Manchester - Journey Planning - Network Maps". Transport for Greater Manchester. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012.