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Trains to Manchester would stop at Golborne hourly. Credit: via TfGM

Views sought on Golborne station reopening 

The scheme would address one of Greater Manchester’s public transport blackspots and reduce journey times from the Wigan town into Manchester city centre by up to 30 minutes. 

Transport for Greater Manchester, with Wigan Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority, has today launched a public consultation seeking views on a new railway station that will run until mid-February. 

Golborne currently has no direct bus, train or tram services to Manchester. It previously had a train station, but it closed in the 1960s following the Beeching report. 

The new station would be located on the site of the old one, off Railway Road. 

If the scheme goes ahead, the station would be served by an hourly service between Wigan and Stalybridge via Manchester Victoria, subject to government approval. 

The project would be the city region’s first new railway station in more than 20 years, the last being Horwich Parkway. 

Have your say on the proposals 

TfGM’s head of rail Simon Elliott said: “Greater Manchester’s exciting plans for Golborne station would vastly improve public transport connectivity for people in Golborne, Lowton and Leigh, as well as the broader borough of Wigan, bringing significant economic and environmental benefits. 

“It also represents a crucial step forward in developing the Bee Network and realising our ambitions for local rail to form part of Greater Manchester’s integrated public transport system by 2030.”

To learn more about how the North West’s transport systems are evolving, attend Place North West’s Transport + Infrastructure Update in Manchester on 25 January.

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By Anonymous

If it ends up looking like that sketchup visualisation, I’d expect a marked increase in people throwing themselves onto the tracks in despair. Just a placeholder image, I dearly hope, pending appointment of an architect?

By W

Hmm… Golborne to Stalybridge via Victoria. Sounds like a proto S-Bahn.

By Rich X

Would be very benificial for all people in the area to get around without the need for a car journey.


It’s a surprisingly long trip by road from Golborne into central Manchester, the train should be a welcome alternative.

By WayFay

Agree with W, such a low effort render. But if it means they can (re)open this and many other required local stations at lower cost, then I could stomach it!


It was a mistake closing all these lines Wigan used to have 3 railway stations

By David Rolph

Stick a few bus shelters on the platforms at least. Wouldn’t want to commute from that station in winter.

By Albert

We need a station, have needed a station since it closed!!! Will we be able to get to other destinations not just Manchester? Accessability to other parts of the country is essential in these times. My family is in all different parts of the country, road journeys are getting worse, hopefully rail journeys can improve substantially, then we might have real national connectivity not the current half hearted transport ideas we’ve had till now.

By Anonymous

Car parking will be a major problem as the existing adjacent car park is usually nearly full to capacity with local users. When the trains start running where will the travellers park?

By Anonymous

Would benefit the area having a station at Golborne. A good alternative to the car.

By Anonymous

The new station should be built south of the East Lancs on Warrington Road, NOT in Golborne centre, so that traffic can access it more easily and a bigger car park can be built.

By Cold27

I’d say be more ambitious. I don’t see what advantage there is for Leigh with just this one station at Golborne, assuming that trains will run from Golborne south to Parkside junction joining the Liverpool-Manchester line to the east of Newton-le-Willows there needs to be at least one more station on the line between Newton-le-Willows & Patricroft with a new road if necessary. Think big!

By K.

The station at Golborne would be an asset for the area ,giving the locals my connections around the country

By L Whittaker. Lowton.

Why make another train station when trains don’t run half the time not reliable just don’t show up because lack of drivers ect.

By Ken

I’m all for the railway station to be reopened

By Colin Wilkinson

this is a must

By Anonymous

Station canopy missing from Wigan North Western since 1973 just 20% remain near steps warrington still as full rather see Wigan North western bring up to standard

By Anonymous

It would be good to have a direct St Helens Central to Manchester Service calling at this station as well. Kill two birds with one stone. Needed a Manchester palace no from the rest of St Helens for years.


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