Ordsall Lane
LocationOrdsall, Salford
Grid referenceSJ825979
Other information
Original companyLondon and North Western Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and North Western Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
1 August 1849Station opens
4 February 1957Station closes

Ordsall Lane railway station is a closed railway station on the Liverpool to Manchester line.


The station was located on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, which opened to traffic in September 1830. The station wasn't listed in initial timetables, but early company records state that it was one of the intermediate stopping points on the route. By August 1849 it had been fully opened to traffic, though even then it wasn't listed in Bradshaw's Guide until March 1850.[1] One of its primary functions was to act as an interchange station between the L&MR (which from 1844 had been diverted to Manchester Victoria) and the 1849 link to the Manchester South Junction and Altrincham Railway at Castlefield Junction - as such it would eventually be expanded to five platforms by the end of the 19th century.[1]

The station was closed to passenger traffic on 4 February 1957 by the British Transport Commission, through it remained substantially intact until well into the 1960s.[1] A charter special stopped there for photographs in April 1966 and whilst the station buildings had been demolished by this point, the platforms were still extant.[1] The remnants were eventually removed by British Rail in the mid-1970s, when the L&M route reverted to being a double track railway[2] (the section from here to Patricroft had previously been quadrupled by the London and North Western Railway back in the early 1880s).

The opening of the Windsor Link connection from Salford Crescent in 1988 saw further major alterations to the site, with the existing junction significantly remodelled, a second one added, redundant trackwork being lifted and the area re-signalled. As a consequence, no trace remains of the station today.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Disused Stations - Ordsall Lane"Disused Stations Site Record; Retrieved 30 September 2016
  2. ^ "Ordsall Lane railway lands 1977" Whatley, Peter Geograph.org; Retrieved 30 September 2016
Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Cross Lane
Line open, station closed
  LNW   Manchester Exchange
Line open, station closed
    Liverpool Road
Line and station closed

Coordinates: 53°28′43″N 2°15′49″W / 53.4785°N 2.2635°W / 53.4785; -2.2635