Funding for the new railway station has been confirmed by Government after yesterday’s Budget, according to Leigh MP James Grundy.
Although exact details are still to be confirmed, Mr Grundy says that the additional £1.07billion for transport across Greater Manchester will include the funding needed to get Golborne Station reinstated and become a passenger stop once again.
The additonal money for the region was confirmed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Wednesday. It is part of Government efforts to ‘level up’ areas in the North which have felt left behind until now.
Golborne has not had a railway station for 60 years, but recently the campaign to re-open the station has gathered a head of steam, with Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham amongst those championing the project.
Those in favour of the station worked hard to successfully build a case for its reopening – but there was always a question mark over how the station would be paid for.
In January, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority pledged £15m towards the cost of rebuilding a station to serve Golborne.
When reopened, passengers using the new station would have easy access to both Wigan and to Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly. More routes may even follow at a later stage.
Mr Grundy said: “It is fantastic news that the Chancellor has confirmed the funding for a new railway station with ‘park and ride’ facilities at Golborne. This is something that local residents have campaigned on for nearly 60 years.
“I have supported this campaign for many years, and I am delighted at this massive boost for Golborne and the surrounding communities.”
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