The line from Bolton to Bury, with intermediate stations at Darcy Lever, Bradley Fold and Radcliffe Black Lane, closed in 1970. The last train ran over the branch from Bradley Fold to Radcliffe Central in 1964.
Bolton to Bury and Rochdale railway map, 1955

Bolton to Bury and Rochdale railway map, 1955. Source: Disused Stations website. Overlay by Reopen.
Bolton Council is the promoter of a scheme to create a new Metrolink line over the trackbeds between Bolton and Radcliffe, and between Bolton and Bury. Bolton Council submitted a proposal to the Department for Transport Restoring Your Railway Fund, Round 2, sponsored by Mark Logan, the MP for Bolton North East. An award from this fund enables a scheme promoter to make progress towards developing a business case. As at 17 October 2020, successful Round 2 submissions have not yet been announced.
OpenStreetMap: Bolton – Bury line and Bolton – Radcliffe line

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Cllr David Chadwick, Bolton Council’s cabinet member for transport, said: “There are viaducts associated with that line which have not had trains running across them for 50 years, so that would be an obvious problem. “There is a housing estate on that line in Radcliffe now, so you can see immediately that it would not be as easy to re-open some of these lines as the Government might say.

Source: ‘No viable option’ to restore disused Bolton to Bury railway line, despite new Government plan to bring back old routes, by Daniel Holland, on Bolton News website (2017).

Overview of Greater Manchester reopening schemes

Read about Gamesley station Read about the Rose Hill Marple – Hazel Grove line Read about Golburne station Read about Kenyon Junction station Read about the Altrincham – Stockport line Read about the Glazebrook Junction – Skelton Junction line Read about the East Didsbury – Stockport line Read about the Manchester Victoria – Ashton – Stockport line Read about the Oldham Mumps – Greenfield line Read about the Bury – Heywood – Rochdale line Read about the Bury – Rawtenstall line Read about the Bolton – Bury line Read about the Bolton – Radcliffe line Read about the Bolton – Walkden line

Further reading

Beeching Reversal – Reinstatement of Bolton-Radcliffe / Bolton – Bury, on The Anonymous Widower website

‘No viable option’ to restore disused Bolton to Bury railway line, despite new Government plan to bring back old routes, by Daniel Holland, on Bolton News website (2017)

Plans for Bolton Metrolink route to Radcliffe see new bid submitted, by Kit Vickery, on Bury Times website (June 2020—there are some interesting comments)