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Aerial view of how the new station at Golborne might look

More than 3,000 responses to Golborne Station consultation

by Editor

Almost 3,000 people have had their say on ambitious plans for a new rail station at Golborne in Wigan – the first to be built in Greater Manchester for more than 20 years.

The consultation began at the turn of the year, launched at an event attended by more than 100 local people at Golborne Parkside.

It set out the outline plans for the new station – and asked everyone for their views, not only on the station, but on connected issues such as local parking and public transport.

In all 2,898 survey responses were received – and these will now be used to inform detailed designs and planning, before a final business case is submitted to the government.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: “I am delighted that so many people have engaged with these ambitious proposals.

“We want to deliver a station that people in Golborne are proud of, and it was hugely important that everyone had the chance to have their say to helps shape the plans.

“This station would not only benefit those using public transport but also ease congestion for those who still need to drive – helping to reduce emissions and improve the health of the wider community. We are determined to transform how people travel across Greater Manchester and give them more choice through the Bee Network.

“A new station at Golborne is a key step in our ambitions for local rail to be part of the Bee Network by 2030.”

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is working in partnership with Wigan Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to deliver the city-region’s first new railway station in more than two decades.

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.

The scheme forms part of significant investment locally to support GMCA’s ambitions to make local rail an integral part of the Bee Network – Greater Manchester’s vision for a joined-up London-style public transport system – by 2030.

Leader of Wigan Council, Cllr David Molyneux MBE, said: “I’m really encouraged that so many people shared their views with us on the ambitious plans for a new rail station at Golborne.

“Our team have been out and about in the community talking to people, sharing the plans and hearing opinions over the last couple of months.

“Work is now taking place behind the scenes to capture the views shared and will form the final plan. This is certainly an exciting time for Golborne!”

The consultation was launched in January at an event attended by around 100 people, while TfGM and Wigan Council hosted a series of public drop-in sessions during the 6-week consultation period.

You can still find out more about the proposals for the new station on TfGM’s website.

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