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Lostock railway station

Lostock railway station serves the suburbs of Heaton and Lostock in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England. According to large scale Ordnance Survey maps and local usage, the area is named Lostock Junction and the station is referred to as such by many local people. Indeed, Network Rail's own "location map" refers to the area as "Lostock Junction".[1] This is similar to the situation in London where Clapham Junction railway station is in fact in Battersea, and the surrounding area has taken the name of Clapham Junction. Lostock itself is some distance to the west of the station.

Lostock National Rail
Lostock station. View looking east. The Wigan lines on the right (with no platforms) can be seen joining the main line in the distance.
Local authorityBolton
Coordinates53°34′23″N 2°29′38″W / 53.573°N 2.494°W / 53.573; -2.494Coordinates: 53°34′23″N 2°29′38″W / 53.573°N 2.494°W / 53.573; -2.494
Grid referenceSD674086
Station codeLOT
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.274 million
2014/15Decrease 0.238 million
2015/16Decrease 0.232 million
2016/17Increase 0.276 million
2017/18Decrease 0.243 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTEGreater Manchester
Original companyLiverpool and Bury Railway
Pre-groupingLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
c. August 1852Station opened as Lostock Junction
7 November 1966Station closed
16 May 1988Reopened as Lostock Parkway
?Renamed Lostock
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Lostock from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.


The railway line between Bolton and Preston had opened as far as Rawlinson Bridge (between Adlington and Chorley) on 4 February 1841, and among the original stations on this route, the first station out of Bolton was at Blackrod.[2] On 20 November 1848, the Liverpool and Bury Railway was opened giving a route between Bolton and Wigan, and the point where it connected to the Bolton–Preston line was named Lostock Junction; the first station out of Bolton on this route was Westhoughton. Later, a station was constructed at the junction, also named Lostock Junction, which opened around August 1852. The station gave its name to the village which grew around it.[3][4] This station had platforms on both the Preston and Wigan routes.[5]

On 17 July 1920, four people were killed and 148 were injured in a near head-on collision between two Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway passenger trains at Lostock Junction due to a signal having erroneously been passed at danger[6]

Lostock Junction Station closed on 7 November 1966[4] as part of the programme of cuts initiated by the Beeching Report of 1963. However, on 16 May 1988 the station was reopened, but now with platforms only on the Preston route and renamed Lostock Parkway, a large car park for the use of park-and-ride commuters having been provided.[4] The suffix "Parkway" was later dropped.[7]


The two-platform station is served by Northern services to Manchester stations (i.e. Piccadilly, Airport, Oxford Road and Victoria) from Preston and Blackpool North.[8]. It is a popular commuter station.[9]

The Bolton-Wigan branch-line diverges just to the south of Lostock's platforms, but there are no longer any platforms on the branch to Wigan and Southport. The Network Rail North West Route Utilisation Strategy has recommended the construction of these additional platforms and they were planned to be reinstated as part of the Manchester TIF bid.[10]

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.[11]. Weekend services resumed on Sunday 11 November 2018 after the completion of the electrification engineering work.

Electric service commenced on Monday 11 February 2019, operated by Class 319 Electric Multiple Units.

Station improvementsEdit

Most recently in early 2009, the station has had a passenger information display system installed, giving waiting passengers on the platforms information about trains that are due to arrive. Fully computer automated, it is also equipped with an audio speaker system, giving the benefit of announcements of train arrivals and delays. During December 2008 - Spring 2009 the car park facilities were greatly improved by extending and resurfacing the land surrounding the railway, with the addition of floodlighting and CCTV.


The station has a ticket office, which is manned from start of service until 19:35, six days per week (closed Sundays). Outside these hours, tickets can be bought from a vending machine on either platform. Shelters are located on each platform and both have step-free access (via ramps northbound).[12]


  1. ^ Local Area Lostock (LOT) Archived 5 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 6 December 2009.
  2. ^ Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. pp. 74, 78. ISBN 0-7153-4352-1.
  3. ^ Marshall 1969, pp. 129,132,133
  4. ^ a b c Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 149. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  5. ^ Lostock and Chew Moor - Railways Archived 5 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 6 December 2009.
  6. ^ "Report on the Accident at Lostock Junction on 17th July 1920". The Railways Archive. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  7. ^ BR timetables 1988 and 1989.
  8. ^ Table 82 National Rail timetable, May 2019
  9. ^ Strategic Rail Authority figures 2004-05.
  10. ^ "Bolton:Train", GM Future Transport Website Archived 20 June 2008 at Retrieved 21 June 2008
  11. ^ Manchester - Bolton - Preston route improvement works Archived 30 July 2018 at the Wayback MachineNorthern website news article; Retrieved 2 August 2018
  12. ^ Lostock station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 9 December 2016

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Horwich Parkway   Northern
Manchester to Preston Line
  Historical railways  
Lostock Lane
Line open, station closed
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Bolton and Preston Railway
Line and station open
Chew Moor
Line open, station closed
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Liverpool and Bury Railway