[Source: Chris Armour]

Date opened: 14.10.1878
Location: On the east side of Manchester Road, north of Ripley Street
Company on opening: Great Northern Railway
Date closed to passengers: 31.12.1915
Date closed completely: 6.5.1963
Company on closing: London & North Eastern Railway
Present state: Demolished - the cutting and bridges have been filled in and the Royal Mail sorting office now stands on the site. A small part of the station wall survives in a nearby building site (see photo) but this is being redeveloped and will shortly disappear. The customer reception area of the sorting office has the LNER bridge plate on the wall and a large permanent display board giving a detailed history of the station and several photos. Well worth looking at!
County: Yorkshire
OS Grid Ref: SE161318
Date of visit: October 2005

Notes: The line from Bradford to Thornton via Queensbury was opened as a joint venture between the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway and the Great Northern Railway between 1876 and 1878. Once out of Bradford, the line was mostly rural and necessitated the construction of many earthworks, viaducts and tunnels. Its hilly nature earned it the nicknames of 'the Alpine route' or 'the switchback' from its loyal drivers.

Manchester Road station had an exceptionally short life, being closed as a wartime economy measure in 1915. It was reopened after the war but only for goods.

The line from Manchester Road curved round sharply at the St. Dunstan's station triangle and terminated at Bradford exchange. The line never had a direct connection to Leeds (except for the occasional excursions or chartered trains), so passengers for Leeds or London had to change at either St. Dunstan's or Bradford Exchange. For people living near Manchester Road station, the local tram service offered a more convenient route to the city centre. As a result, the station was little used by passengers, which contributed to its early closure.

Manchester Road station did however have an extensive goods yard which was well used by the textile industry in its early days. Towards the end in 1959, it was mostly used for storage of wagons used on the goods only City Road branch, which closed in 1972. After closure of Manchester Road to goods in 1963, a single track through the site remained in use until 1972 for trains serving the goods yard at Great Horton.

Tickets from Michael Stewart.

To see the other stations on the Halifax - Bradford - Keighley lines click on the station name: Halifax St. Pauls, Pellon,
Halifax North Bridge, Ovenden, Holmfield, Queensbury, Clayton, Great Horton, Horton Park, St. Dunstan's, Bradford Adolphus Street, Thornton, Denholme, Wilsden, Cullingworth & Ingrow East

Manchester Road station in 1971

1905 1:2,500 OS map shows a curved island platform.

Manchester road seen from an elevated position in 1971. The low mound between the tracks is the degraded remains of the island platform.
Photo by Adrian Brockett

The site of Manchester Road station in October 2005

Photo by Chris Armour

Part of the original station wall in an adjacent building site in October 2005
Photo by Chris Armour

Part of the original station wall in an adjacent building site in October 2005
Photo by Chris Armour




[Source: Chris Armour]

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