National Rail
Patricroft railway station in 2014.
LocationPatricroft, Salford
Grid referenceSJ763987
Managed byNorthern Trains
Transit authorityGreater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive
Other information
Station codePAT
ClassificationDfT category F2
2015/16Increase 49,468
2016/17Increase 73,596
2017/18Increase 86,744
2018/19Increase 0.107 million
2019/20Increase 0.117 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Patricroft railway station is in the Patricroft district of Eccles, Greater Manchester, England. The station is on Green Lane, just north of the junction with Cromwell Road and just east of the Bridgewater Canal. It is situated 5 miles (8.0 km) west of Manchester Victoria on the former Liverpool and Manchester Railway, which was electrified in stages between 2013 and 2015.

It is the closest railway station to the Worsley village area.


A 1905 Railway Clearing House Junction diagram showing (upper right) railways in the vicinity of Patricroft
A 1905 Railway Clearing House Junction diagram showing (upper right) railways in the vicinity of Patricroft

The station is situated on the world's first inter-city passenger railway, between Liverpool and Manchester, and is also located close to the world's first commercial canal. The station used to have an adjacent engine shed, Patricroft MPD, which was located to the rear of the Manchester-bound platform on the northern side of the station. The engine shed opened in 1884 and closed in 1968.[1] The majority of the station buildings were demolished in the 1980s, with only a waiting shelter remaining on each platform.[2]


The station is unstaffed and has no permanent buildings; it does now though have ticket machines in place to allow passengers to buy tickets (or a permit to travel) prior to boarding. Train running information is provided by telephone, digital PIS screens and timetable posters. The platforms are linked by subway, but neither have step-free access as the subway has stairs from the station entrance to platform level.[3]


Monday to Saturdays there is generally an hourly service from the station to Crewe via Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport eastbound, and Newton-le-Willows and Liverpool Lime Street westbound. These are operated by the Northern Electrics Class 319 and Class 323 EMUs on a stopping service between Liverpool and Manchester. Services to and from Manchester Victoria are now very limited (peak periods and late evenings) since the May 2018 timetable change.[4]

The Sunday service is the same, although trains operate to Wilmslow via Piccadilly and the Airport.



  1. ^ Shed Bash UK - Patricroft 1946-1952; Retrieved 2014-06-01
  2. ^ Friends of Patricroft Station - History; Retrieved 2014-06-01
  3. ^ Patricroft station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 22 December 2016
  4. ^ Table 90 National Rail timetable, December 2019
Preceding station
National Rail
Following station
Newton-le-Willows   Northern Trains
Liverpool to Manchester Line
  Historical railways  
Barton Moss
Line open, station closed
  London and North Western Railway
Liverpool and Manchester Railway
Line and station open

Coordinates: 53°29′06″N 2°21′25″W / 53.485°N 2.357°W / 53.485; -2.357