Although the station is in the City of Salford, rather than Manchester, the name "Swinton (Manchester)" is used by National Rail to refer to the station (to avoid confusion with Swinton railway station in South Yorkshire). The station is actually located in Pendlebury and not Swinton itself, the boundary between the two districts being about 40 yards further down Station Road (B5231), beyond the junction with Boundary Road and nearer the town centre.
In line with the majority of stations along the Atherton line, Swinton railway station has very basic facilities. For example, the ticket office is only open until 2pm, after this time one must purchase tickets on board the train. A screen in the booking hall lists live departure times of the trains showing any delays or cancellations, and screens are also now installed in the centre of the island platform showing live train departure information to commuters waiting on the platforms. An intercom type unit is also installed on the platform which passengers can use in the event of an emergency or... Read More