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Chorley railway station serves the town of Chorley in Lancashire, England. Since 2004 it has been linked with Chorley Interchange bus and coach station.

Chorley National Rail
Chorley Railway Station.jpg
Local authorityChorley
Grid referenceSD586175
Station codeCRL
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryD
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.844 million
2014/15Decrease 0.720 million
2015/16Decrease 0.650 million
2016/17Increase 0.695 million
2017/18Decrease 0.663 million
Key datesOpened 1841 (1841)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Chorley from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.


History of the stationEdit

The current railway station is a modern version from the 1980s that was built on top of the original station. The level of the old platforms can be seen under the existing station's two platforms which are connected by underpass. The initial station was opened on 22 December 1841 by the Bolton and Preston Railway (which later became part of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway) and was subsequently served by the Lancashire Union Railway between St Helens, Wigan North Western and Blackburn from 1869. Passenger trains over this route (between Blackburn & Wigan) were however withdrawn in January 1960. Further work was done in 2016 and 2017 in connection with the electrification of the line between Euxton Junction and Manchester.

Current station facilitiesEdit

A level crossing, no longer in use, is still in place at the station entrance as well as a pedestrian subway which emerges at the foot of the Railway Pub. There are no toilets on the station and the nearest ones are in the bus station across the road. Chorley's rail services provide a link for the commuters of Lancashire to Preston, Manchester and Bolton.

It was announced by the Department for Transport in December 2009, the line between Preston and Manchester, on which Chorley is situated, will be electrified [1] which should reduce journey times to Manchester by up to ten minutes.


All trains provided by Northern[2]


Sunday service is reduced to 2tph supplemented by occasional additional services to Barrow-in-Furness


From 26 July to 7 September 2008 the service provision to and from the station was limited due to major engineering work taking place to the north (to improve drainage in a cutting and remove a long-standing speed restriction). A rail replacement bus service operated to and from Preston, whilst many trains were diverted via Wigan. This period of disruption was blamed for the decline in passenger usage shown in the figures right.

The direct Scottish service had been reduced at the December 2013 timetable change when most trains were diverted via Wigan to join the newly electrified line over Chat Moss.[3] A small number of peak services still operated via Chorley using Class 185 units thereafter, but these ceased at the December 2014 timetable change.[4]

First TransPennine Express used to run the service from Manchester Airport to Blackpool North but this was passed on to the new Northern franchise on 1 April 2016.

Saturday and Sunday services were replaced by buses most weekends from May 2015 until November 2018 due to the late-running electrification work on the route.[5] Weekend services resumed on Sunday 11 November 2018 after the completion of the electrification engineering work.

Renovation and ElectrificationEdit

Chorley Railway Station 27 August 2018 undergoing electrification work
Chorley Railway Station undergoing electrification work 27 August 2018

From June to October 2016, as part of the Manchester - Preston electrification scheme, the station has been renovated and the trackbed lowered slightly to accommodate the overhead wires. The subways roofs were also replaced, and both platforms have been rebuilt and extended to accommodate longer trains when the line opens to electric trains. During the rebuild, temporary platforms were installed south of the former level crossing, and no passenger trains called at weekends (services again diverted via Wigan).

The badly delayed electrification work on the route (now running two years late) has seen further timetable alterations and rail replacement buses at weekends since the May 2018 timetable change. Some northbound trains now terminate at either Buckshaw Parkway or Preston instead of running through to Blackpool, whilst weekend engineering possessions saw buses replacing trains until November 2018.[5] Electric service commenced on 11 February 2019 utilising Class 319 electric multiple units.


  1. ^ "Rail Electrification Gets Green Light" The Guardian news article 9 December 2009
  2. ^ Table 82 National Rail timetable, May 2019
  3. ^ Network Rail - WCML Route Utilisation StrategyNetwork Rail
  4. ^ GB eNRT December 2014 Edition, Table 82
  5. ^ a b Manchester - Bolton - Preston route improvement works Archived 30 July 2018 at the Wayback Machine Northern website news article; Retrieved 2 August 2018

External linksEdit

Construction of flying arches on YouTube

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Preston or Buckshaw Parkway   Northern
Manchester to Preston line
  Adlington or Blackrod
Buckshaw Parkway   Northern
Blackpool North - Hazel Grove
  Blackrod or Horwich Parkway
Buckshaw Parkway   Northern Connect
Blackpool North - Manchester Airport
  Blackrod (limited service)
    Horwich Parkway
Preston   Northern Connect
Barrow-in-Furness - Manchester Airport
(Very limited service)
Disused railways
Euxton Junction
Line open, station closed
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Lancashire Union Railway
Line and station open
Line and station closed
  London and North Western Railway
Lancashire Union Railway
  White Bear
Line and station closed

Coordinates: 53°39′11″N 2°37′37″W / 53.653°N 2.627°W / 53.653; -2.627