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This is an aerial computer-generated image of the proposed Golborne Railway Station looking towards the north-east over the town centre and the proposed station. The newly designed town centre car park is shown in the middle of the image with the existing town centre located in bottom left-hand corner of the image. The train station and platforms are shown to the north-east of the existing car park in the middle of the image. The residential areas located to the east of the proposed railway station are shown in the top right corner of the image.

TfGM is working with Wigan Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority on plans for a new rail station at Golborne in Wigan.

The station would be the first to be built in Greater Manchester in more than 20 years.

It would be a key part of the Bee Network, making it easier to get around by bus, tram, train, walking, wheeling or cycling. It is hoped that local rail services will join the Bee Network by 2030.

There are plans for an all-day hourly service at Golborne from the mid-2020s, subject to government approval.

As well as the station, we’re looking at ways to improve the town and areas around the station, making them even better places to live and visit.

The current proposal for the new station and local areas improvements will be funded through locally devolved government funding.

A public consultation on the proposals closed on Thursday 15 February 2024.

This picture shows a computer-generated image of the proposed Golborne Train Station. The main station entrance and station building are located on the left-hand side of the image. The station name of Golborne is shown in a yellow box with black text on the side of the building. There are two sets of stairs and lift shafts illustrating access to the platforms with a bridge providing connections across the railway line. Two platforms are shown on either side of the railway line.

The station and service proposals

The proposed station would be on the West Coast Main Line, five miles south of Wigan North Western station and one mile north of Golborne Junction – near to the site of the previous Golborne Station.

It would have:

  • An hourly service between Wigan and Stalybridge via Manchester Victoria (times of day to be determined), subject to government approval.
  • A fully accessible station including step-free access throughout with a footbridge across the tracks and lifts to both platforms.
  • Digital customer information screens with real-time train information, passenger assistance intercom, seating and waiting shelters.
  • Safety features including CCTV, lighting inside and outside the station.
  • As well as a station entrance from the west side of the new station (near Railway Rd), proposals will include exploring the potential for a new eastern access to Golborne town centre.
  • Train tickets available to purchase via ticket machines on both platforms, or on rail operator websites and apps.
  • Improved cycling, walking and wheeling links between the station and the town centre. This would include improved crossings and an accessible route between the town centre, station and car park, making it easier for everyone to access the station.
  • An improved and updated town centre car park next to the proposed station. The car park would be fully resurfaced and have upgraded lighting and CCTV, creating a safer, more pleasant environment for users. The car park would include disabled bays, EV charging bays, a taxi drop-off area, and cycle parking.

Golborne currently has no direct bus, train or tram services to Manchester, so train services would reduce journey times into Manchester city centre by up to 30 minutes.

Take a look at a CGI flythrough of the proposals:

What will happen next?

The public consultation on the proposals closed on Thursday 15 February 2024.

Survey responses will be considered before a final business case is submitted to the government.


Some of the funding for the work has been provided through the government’s City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS), which saw Greater Manchester awarded £1.07bn to help deliver the Bee Network.

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