Pendleton
Pendleton railway station in 1989.jpg
Pendleton railway station in 1989
General information
LocationPendleton, Salford
England
Coordinates53°29′32″N 2°17′03″W / 53.4922°N 2.2841°W / 53.4922; -2.2841Coordinates: 53°29′32″N 2°17′03″W / 53.4922°N 2.2841°W / 53.4922; -2.2841
Grid referenceSJ813995
Platforms2
Other information
StatusDisused
History
Original companyLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Pre-groupingLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
1 June 1889 (1889-06-01)Opened as Pendleton Broad Street
?Renamed Pendleton
1994Temporarily Closed
1998Formally closed

Pendleton (Broad Street) railway station was a railway station serving Pendleton, a district of Salford. It was located on Broughton Road (A576) just behind St. Thomas' Church (Pendleton Church). It was about 100 yards further up Broughton Road from Pendleton Bridge railway station and nearer Pendleton Church and Broad Street (A6). This station was known as Pendleton Broad Street due to its closeness to the A6 Broad Street some 100 yards away. It was on the Manchester Victoria to Wigan Wallgate line with a spur to the Manchester Victoria to Bolton line so trains to Bolton used it after the closure of Pendleton Bridge in 1966, and "Broad Street" was then dropped from its name.

History

The line from Windsor Bridge Junction (Salford) and Crow Nest Junction (Hindley), which shortened the route between Manchester and Liverpool, was authorised in 1883,[1] and in 1885 a connection was authorised from the new line at Brindle Heath to the Bolton line at Agecroft.[2]

A 1910 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing railways in the vicinity of Pendleton (upper left; shown here as PENDLETON (BROAD STREET))
A 1910 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing railways in the vicinity of Pendleton (upper left; shown here as PENDLETON (BROAD STREET))

The new lines opened in stages to goods traffic during 1887–88, and to passengers on 1 June 1889;[3] on that day the station initially named Pendleton Broad Street was also opened.[4] It had four platforms, as it served both the Bolton line (via the Brindle Heath Junction–Agecroft Junction connection) and the new Wigan line.[5]

Until the 1980s Pendleton was one of the more important stations on the Bolton-Manchester line, one of only two stations with a Sunday service. The nearby Salford Crescent railway station, which opened in 1987, however, took much of the passenger traffic away from Pendleton station, sending it into terminal decline.[6] In 1988 services to Bolton were withdrawn (with the closure of the Brindle Heath to Agecroft Jcn chord) leaving Pendleton served by Atherton line trains only. An arson attack in July 1994 led to the station being closed temporarily by GMPTE,[7] though by this time it was only being served by 4 trains each day.[6] Final closure came in 1998 after it was deemed that repairing the damage caused by the vandalism would not represent good value for money:...The Franchising Director advertised the closure and, in assessing the impact of the closure the RUCC for North Western England concluded (on 6 May 1998) that no hardship would result from closure as no trains had called at Pendleton for four years.,[6] despite campaigns for it to be re-opened by Salford Council[7] in 1996.

Close to the station was Agecroft locomotive shed and sidings. The platform-level buildings have all been demolished, but the remnants of both island platforms are still visible from passing trains.[8]

References

  1. ^ Marshall, John (1970). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 2. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. pp. 77, 94, 96. ISBN 0-7153-4906-6.
  2. ^ Marshall 1970, p. 79
  3. ^ Marshall 1970, p. 93
  4. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 183. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  5. ^ Marshall 1970, p. 94
  6. ^ a b c "Regulator allows closure of Pendleton station". Office of Rail Regulation. 15 December 1998. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Announcing a station revival?". Bolton Evening News. 26 January 1996. Archived from the original on 28 February 2006. Retrieved 27 March 2008.
  8. ^ "Along the Line" Friends of Walkden Station website article; Retrieved 28 November 2017
Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Agecroft Bridge
Line and station closed
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway   Salford Crescent
Line and station open
Irlams o' th' Height
Line open, station closed