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Horwich Parkway is a railway station serving the town of Horwich and Middlebrook near Bolton, in Greater Manchester, England. Located within the historic county of Lancashire the station is 16 14 miles (26.2 km) north west of Manchester Piccadilly on the Manchester to Preston commuter line. The station is close to Junction 6 of the M61 motorway which adds to its convenience as a park and ride railway station. It has digital information displays.

Horwich Parkway National Rail
Horwich Parkway Railway Station.JPG
Location
PlaceHorwich
Local authorityBolton
Grid referenceSD643091
Operations
Station codeHWI
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.654 million
2014/15Decrease 0.616 million
2015/16Decrease 0.600 million
2016/17Increase 0.639 million
2017/18Decrease 0.580 million
History
Key datesOpened 2 July 1999 (2 July 1999)
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Horwich Parkway from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Rail services are operated by Northern. Horwich Parkway opened on 2 July 1999 and is the only railway station owned by TfGM although Northern Rail are contracted to operate it. A ticket office was built in 2007 and car parking provision has been expanded on several occasions. A wind turbine was built in 2012 and the station is powered by green energy. Horwich Parkway is the railway station for the University of Bolton Stadium, home of Bolton Wanderers F.C. and the Middlebrook shopping, leisure and business complex.

Passengers visiting Horwich should be aware that the town centre of Horwich is much closer (1¼ miles) to Blackrod, the next station on the line, although it has fewer services, no ticket office and a smaller car park (100 spaces).

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ServicesEdit

Northern: there are three trains per hour Monday to Saturdays, northbound to Blackpool North or Preston and southbound to Bolton, with trains running either to Manchester Airport or Hazel Grove via Manchester Piccadilly or Manchester Victoria.[1].

The delayed electrification work on the Manchester to Preston line (running two years behind schedule) led to a temporary reduction in service frequency here from the start of the summer 2018 timetable, along with regular weekend engineering blockades and replacement buses in place of the scheduled train service.[2] Weekend services resumed on Sunday 11 November 2018 after the completion of the engineering work after more than three years of regular weekend possessions.

On Sundays there are two trains per hour to Blackpool North and one per hour each to Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria.

On certain Bolton Wanderers matchdays there are football specials.

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.

Electric service commenced on 11 February 2019 utilising Class 319 electric multiple units.

See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit

  • "Bolton's Horwich Parkway station work starts". RAIL. No. 346. EMAP Apex Publications. 16–29 December 1998. p. 13. ISSN 0953-4563. OCLC 49953699.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Table 82 National Rail timetable, May 2019
  2. ^ Manchester - Bolton - Preston route improvement worksNorthern website news article; Retrieved 2 August 2018

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Blackrod   Northern
Manchester-Preston Line
  Lostock
Chorley or Blackrod   Northern
Blackpool North - Hazel Grove
  Bolton
Chorley   Northern Connect
Blackpool North - Manchester Airport
  Bolton
Blackrod
(limited service)
   


Coordinates: 53°34′41″N 2°32′24″W / 53.578°N 2.540°W / 53.578; -2.540