Plans to reinstate Golborne’s Railway Station are expected to take a step forward in 2024.
Local councillors say that the funding gap issues “have now been resolved” and the train services for the station have been approved.
And in early 2024 a public consultation will begin on the proposals, kicking off at a meeting being held at 6.30pm on Thursday, 4 Jan at Golborne Parkside.
The meeting, which is open to all will see Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, deliver an update on the scheme and next steps. There’ll also be representatives from Transport for Greater Manchester and Wigan Council present.
The beginning of the consultation was confirmed by local councillors Yvonne Klieve, Susan Gambles and Gena Merrett, who’ll also be at the event.
The potential to bring back a railway station for Golborne is something that has been talked about for many years. Local residents, community groups such as Golborne and Lowton West Voice and local politicians including Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and Leigh MP James Grundy have been campaigning for the station for years.
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.
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.
However, in recent years the project became more feasible thanks to a pledge of £15m from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in January 2021, and cash directly from central Government, promised by the then chancellor, Rishi Sunak, in October 2021.
Supporters of the proposals hope that the station will be a catalyst for regeneration in the town, improving transport links with Golborne and the rest of the region and reducing congestion and air pollution in the area.
With no direct bus service from Golborne to Manchester at present, and the nearest railway station being more than 3km away at Newton-le-Willows, the station will open up lots of possibilities for people locally.
And the proposed Railway Station also formed the cornerstone of the recent Golborne and Lowton West Neighbourhood Plan – which was approved following a local referendum in July 2023.
When did Golborne Station close, and why?
Golborne Station opened in the 1930s on what became the West Coast Mainline. It was originally known as Golborne Gate, later just as ‘Golborne’ and subsequently Golborne South.
The station was one of those earmaked for closure as part of the Beeching cuts. It closed to passengers on 6 February 1961. Goods traffic continued until just after a year later.
You can read more about the station’s history on disused-stations.org.uk.
A very kind thank you to John Alsop for allowing us to use his image, showing Golborne Station as it was around 1910.
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