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WIGAN NORTH WESTERN RAILWAY STATION is one of two railway stations serving the town centre of Wigan
Wigan
, Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester
, England
England
.

It is a moderately-sized station on the West Coast Main Line
West Coast Main Line
. It is operated by Virgin Trains
Virgin Trains
, and is also served by Transpennine Express and Northern . London Midland
London Midland
used to offer a daily service to Preston during the evening rush hour on weekdays which called here, but this was withdrawn at the end of the 2007-08 timetable.

Wigan's other station is Wigan
Wigan
Wallgate , which is about 110 yards (100 m) away, on the opposite side of the street named Wallgate, for services to Manchester
Manchester
(Victoria, Deansgate, Oxford Road white-space:nowrap;"> and was set to receive a share of £50m funding for improvements.

CONTENTS

* 1 Description

* 2 Services

* 2.1 Future train services

* 3 History

* 3.1 Key dates * 3.2 Withdrawn passenger services * 3.3 Wigan
Wigan
Central * 3.4 Historical references

* 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links

DESCRIPTION

The station was rebuilt in the early 1970s to a contemporary functional style (see picture, right). The tracks are above street level and access to the six platforms is via a subway and stairs. Recently the goods lifts were modified to allow public use.

* Platform 1 is used for services to Manchester
Manchester
from the West Coast Mainline . This is used mostly for TransPennine Express
TransPennine Express
services on Sundays. * Platforms 2 and 3 are bay platforms, used by a few peak Northern services to Manchester
Manchester
(frequent Northern Manchester
Manchester
services serve Wigan
Wigan
Wallgate), and for trains unable to terminate at platform 6 * Platform 4 is used for Virgin Trains
Virgin Trains
services to London Euston
London Euston
and Birmingham New Street
Birmingham New Street
, TransPennine Express
TransPennine Express
services to Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester
Manchester
Airport and Northern express services to Liverpool Lime Street * Platform 5 is for northbound services to Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley . It is also used for services to Blackpool North and Barrow-in-Furness
Barrow-in-Furness
. * Platform 6 is used by services arriving from the Liverpool-Wigan Line . Until recently the Liverpool services used platforms 2 and 3 while platform 6 was used infrequently. However, the construction of a new track between Wigan
Wigan
North Western and the junction of the line from Liverpool via St Helens has eliminated the need for these trains to cross the busy West Coast Main Line.

The platforms have heated waiting rooms. The British Transport Police have an office on platform 4 near the station's cafe.

SERVICES

The station is served by Virgin Trains
Virgin Trains
. There is an hourly service on the West Coast Main Line
West Coast Main Line
from London Euston
London Euston
, which continues northwards to Glasgow Central , with additional peak services terminating at Preston, Lancaster and Carlisle. The journey time from London is less than two hours (1 hour and 55 minutes). There is also an hourly service in the opposite direction calling at Warrington Bank Quay and London Euston
London Euston
. It is also served by Virgin's services from London Euston
London Euston
via Birmingham New Street
Birmingham New Street
to Glasgow Central and Edinburgh (alternate hours). The single London Midland
London Midland
service from Birmingham New Street
Birmingham New Street
to Preston that used to call in the evening was withdrawn at the end of the 2007-8 timetable.

With completion of the first stage of the North West electrification programme, most First TransPennine Express
TransPennine Express
services between Manchester and Scotland were re-routed via Wigan
Wigan
instead of Bolton by connecting with the West Coast Main Line
West Coast Main Line
near Newton-le-Willows. TransPennine Express now operates services between Manchester
Manchester
Airport and Scotland. Most of these services stop at Wigan
Wigan
North Western except for a number of peak services which don't. The current service will be re-routed via Bolton in 2017

Northern Rail operates a half-hourly service from Liverpool Lime Street , along the Liverpool- Wigan
Wigan
Line via St Helens Central with a handful of services running to Liverpool via the Lowton Chord and Newton-le-Willows
Newton-le-Willows
. There is also an hourly service from Liverpool which continues north along the West Coast Main Line
West Coast Main Line
to Preston (on Sundays, these continue through to Blackpool North ) . Northern Rail also operates occasional peak hour services to/from Manchester Victoria , Buxton , Hazel Grove and Manchester
Manchester
Piccadilly which start or terminate at Wigan
Wigan
North Western. Since May 1969, most services from Manchester
Manchester
have used Wigan
Wigan
Wallgate station. The Northern Electrics Class 319 service from Liverpool, introduced on 17 May 2015

Northern Rail services are operated by a mix of Pacer and Sprinter units. From the timetable change on 17 May 2015, Northern Rail introduced Class 319 electric services to Liverpool and Manchester, under the brand of Northern Electrics . Virgin Trains
Virgin Trains
services southwards to London Euston
London Euston
and northwards to Glasgow are always operated by electric Pendolino
Pendolino
trains. Services southwards to London Euston via Birmingham New Street
Birmingham New Street
and northwards to Glasgow and Edinburgh are operated by either electric Pendolino
Pendolino
trains or diesel Super Voyager units. TransPennine Express
TransPennine Express
services are operated by a mix of Diesel Desiro units and Electric Desiro units.

FUTURE TRAIN SERVICES

Under HS2 and government proposals' high-speed trains would stop there from Glasgow before joining the new HS2 line to Birmingham and London.

Post electrification service proposals include an additional hourly fast to Liverpool Lime Street and two new hourly fast services between Wigan
Wigan
and Manchester
Manchester
via parts of the WCML and Manchester–Liverpool line after electrification of the Manchester
Manchester
to Liverpool line; the rerouting of Scotland services achieves half of this target.

HISTORY

The station in 1957 View NW in 1957 on the West Coast Main Line Locomotive shunting at Wigan
Wigan
Goods Station in 1957

KEY DATES

3 September 1832 The Wigan
Wigan
Junction Railway opened between the Liverpool and Manchester
Manchester
Railway at Parkside Junction (in Newton-le-Willows
Newton-le-Willows
) and Wigan. The original station in Wigan
Wigan
was located close to Chapel Lane, and three trains per day were provided, connecting with the Liverpool and Manchester
Manchester
trains at Parkside.

31 October 1838 The North Union Railway opened between Wigan
Wigan
and Preston and connected with the line from Parkside. Wigan
Wigan
station was relocated to its present position.

1846 The London and North Western Railway
London and North Western Railway
was formed as a result of the progressive amalgamation of various earlier lines, including the Grand Junction Railway . In collaboration with the Caledonian Railway
Caledonian Railway
, through trains were introduced between London Euston
London Euston
and Glasgow .

2 August 1873 A major accident occurred at the station. An overnight express from London to Scotland derailed while passing through the station at high speed. 13 people died and 30 were badly injured. The subsequent inquiry into the accident resulted in the introduction of facing point locks to passenger-carrying lines throughout the UK.

1888–1894 The station was substantially enlarged. The London and North Western Railway 's Manchester
Manchester
and Wigan
Wigan
Railway connected with the North Union Railway at Springs Branch, and services to Manchester Exchange via Tyldesley
Tyldesley
which began in September 1864, terminated at the enlarged station. This line closed in 1969.

2 June 1924 Renamed from "Wigan" to " Wigan
Wigan
North Western".

July 1972 During 1971 and 1972, the run-down Victorian-era station buildings were demolished and the track layout re-modelled as a prelude to electrification. The re-built station was officially opened in July 1972.

1 October 1972 All signalling through Wigan
Wigan
North Western and adjacent sections of the West Coast main line came under the control of the new Warrington Power Signal Box. Two large signal boxes were closed - Wigan
Wigan
No.1 and Wigan
Wigan
No.2, which had controlled train movements at the south and north ends of station respectively.

23 July 1973 Electric train services began between London Euston
London Euston
and Preston, via Wigan
Wigan
North Western. Express trains, formerly hauled by one or two Class 50 diesels, were now powered by Class 86 or new Class 87 electrics .

6 May 1974 The West Coast electrification project was complete and electric trains operated through to Glasgow by British Rail
British Rail
.

WITHDRAWN PASSENGER SERVICES

Lines around Wigan
Wigan
in 1907

Being located on the West Coast Main Line
West Coast Main Line
, Wigan
Wigan
North Western has retained regular trains to a wide range of destinations. However, there were several local passenger services from the station which fell under the Beeching Axe
Beeching Axe
and earlier, and the lines have since been closed:

* BLACKBURN VIA CHORLEY (passenger service a pre-Beeching withdrawal in January 1960: see Lancashire Union Railway ).

Trains departed northwards before diverging from the main line at Boar's Head Junction, 2 1⁄4 miles (3.6 km) north of Wigan. From Boar's Head, a line ran to Adlington where it joined the Manchester
Manchester
to Preston Line as far as Chorley . From Chorley another branch line ran to Cherry Tree station and joined the existing line from Preston to Blackburn . In addition to the local service, this route was also occasionally used by long distance trains when these were diverted over the Settle and Carlisle line . Until at least 1963 a "private" non-advertised return passenger service was operated for workers at the Royal Ordnance Factory at Euxton.

* MANCHESTER (EXCHANGE) VIA TYLDESLEY (local stopping passenger service withdrawn 1962, with some remaining non-stopping local services withdrawn in January 1968: some expresses continuing until May 1969).

The line from Wigan
Wigan
to Manchester
Manchester
Exchange via Tyldesley
Tyldesley
and Eccles was the L&NWR\'s route from Manchester
Manchester
to the north and Scotland. Before closure, this route was used both by local trains and by long-distance expresses between Manchester
Manchester
and destinations such as Windermere and Glasgow . Trains from Wigan
Wigan
North Western to Manchester Exchange travelled south for 1 1⁄2 miles (2.4 km) along the main line before diverging onto the Tyldesley
Tyldesley
line at Springs Branch Junction. In fact the timings of the non-stop express trains were such that trains between Manchester
Manchester
Exchange and Wigan
Wigan
could (and did) take the (longer) route via Lowton.

* LOCAL TRAINS ALONG MAIN LINE

Passenger services were provided to a number of smaller stations located along the main line. Except for Leyland and Balshaw Lane (which was reopened in 1998 as Euxton Balshaw Lane) these stations are now closed. Closure of some of these smaller stations started before the Beeching report (for example Boar's Head and Bamfurlong in 1949 and Golborne in 1962) and was completed in the late 1960s. Local trains called at:

NORTHWARDS SOUTHWARDS

Boar's Head Bamfurlong

Standish Junction Golborne

Coppull Lowton

Balshaw Lane & Euxton Newton-le-Willows
Newton-le-Willows

Leyland Earlestown

Farington Vulcan Halt

Preston Warrington Bank Quay

There are currently proposals to re-open some of the closed local stations (e.g. Golborne), but none has been approved at this stage.

WIGAN CENTRAL

Main article: Wigan
Wigan
Central railway station

Wigan
Wigan
had a third station: Wigan
Wigan
Central which has been demolished.

Wigan
Wigan
Central was located in Station Road, still in the town centre but some way away from the two main stations (at North Western and Wallgate). It was a terminal station on the branch line to Glazebrook and on to Manchester
Manchester
Central.

Wigan
Wigan
Central was opened by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway (later to become the Great Central ) in October 1892 and was closed to passengers in November 1964.

HISTORICAL REFERENCES

* A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain – vol.10 The North West. G.O.Holt, pub. David ">

* ^ "£50m revamp for \'worst stations\'". BBC News. 2009-11-17. Retrieved 2009-11-17. * ^ see National timetable, table 65 * ^ "December Changes: Changes to services between Manchester, Bolton, Chorley, Preston and Cumbria / Scotland". tpexpress.co.uk. 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-01. * ^ Table 90 National Rail
National Rail
timetable, May 2017 * ^ "Electric services to Wigan
Wigan
and Manchester
Manchester
Victoria start in May". RAIL . Retrieved 31 May 2015. * ^ "HS 2 – Phase Two". propertyexpertonline.co.uk. Retrieved 31 May 2015. (See text for detail of the junction south of Wigan, HS2 stations are identified in the accompanying map.) * ^ Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 250. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7 . OCLC
OCLC
60251199 . * ^ PSUL 1963:6-33 a.m. SX Wigan
Wigan
North Western—Chorley R.O.F. Halt and return at 4-29 p.m. SX Chorley R.O.F. Halt— Wigan
Wigan
North Western

EXTERNAL LINKS

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