Campaigners calling for the re-opening of Golborne Railway Station say they are encouraged following a public meeting to discuss the proposals.
The meeing took place on February 18, 2020, at Golborne Sports and Social Club with local councillors from the Golborne Lowton West ward and Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, in attendance.
The meeting heard from a representative from Transport for Greater Manchester, who explained the current options they are exploring. A feasibility study is currently underway looking at the possibility of reopening the stations in Culcheth and at Kenyon Junction, as well as Golborne station.
Mayor Andy Burnham told the meeting he believes Golborne Station to be the easiest option, because it’s within Greater Manchester’s control – whereas Culcheth and Kenyon Junction come under Warrington and would require Warrington Council’s support.
The results of the feasibility study will be reported early in summer. Another pubic meeting is being planned for June.
Cllr Gena Merrit, Labour councillor for Lowton West Ward, said on Facebook: “Great turn out for our meeting last night. Andy [Burnham] was excellent and there was strong support from residents for the re-opening of the station.
“Thanks Andy for your strong support.”
When did Golborne Station close?
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 the image pictured above, showing Golborne Station as it was around 1910.
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