Warrington Central railway station

Warrington Central railway station is one of two main railway stations serving the town of Warrington in the north-west of England. It is located on the southern route of the Liverpool to Manchester Lines (the former Cheshire Lines Committee route between Liverpool and Manchester), being situated approximately halfway between the two cities. Central station is served by diesel stopping trains between Liverpool and Manchester, and diesel express services between Liverpool and Manchester Airport, as well as between Liverpool and East Anglia.

Warrington Central
National Rail
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First TransPennine Express Class 185 Desiro unit no. 185140 calls at Warrington Central with a service to Liverpool Lime Street from Scarborough in December 2008
LocationWarrington, Warrington
Coordinates53°23′30″N 2°35′35″W / 53.3918°N 2.5930°W / 53.3918; -2.5930Coordinates: 53°23′30″N 2°35′35″W / 53.3918°N 2.5930°W / 53.3918; -2.5930
Grid referenceSJ606885
Managed byNorthern Trains
Other information
Station codeWAC
ClassificationDfT category D
Openedcirca 1873
2015/16Increase 1.802 million
2016/17Decrease 1.730 million
2017/18Increase 1.764 million
2018/19Decrease 1.695 million
 Interchange 0.348 million
2019/20Decrease 1.450 million
 Interchange Decrease 0.253 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Central station has no electrified lines, being served only by diesel trains. The second station serving the town centre is Warrington Bank Quay, which accommodates electrified lines on the West Coast Main Line with express services to London Euston, Birmingham New Street and Scotland and also an electrified service to Liverpool Lime Street.


Warrington Central station in 2004

The main station building faces away from the town and is of a classical style with some polychrome brickwork. Most of it is rented out to small businesses, the booking office and other facilities having been relocated to a modern building at a lower level. From street level, passengers climb six steps or a short ramp to reach the booking office, and climb further steps to the platforms. Disabled passengers can now easily access both platforms as lifts were installed in June 2008, making Warrington Central fully accessible for the first time.

The station has a customer service office, toilets, waiting rooms, a newsagent and a coffee stall. The entrance building was enlarged and modernised in 2010–11.

Outside there is a car park and a taxi rank. The station is located close to Warrington Bus Interchange.

The adjoining Cheshire Lines Warehouse (a listed building) has been redeveloped as apartments, along with six new apartment blocks.


Eight trains an hour pass through Warrington Central.

Northern Trains operates two through stopping services in each direction from Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Oxford Road. Late evening services operate between Warrington and either Manchester or Liverpool.

They also run an hourly express service between Lime Street and Manchester Airport, which replaces the through TransPennine Express service to and from Scarborough which ended at the May 2018 timetable change (it was diverted to run via Newton-le-Willows and Manchester Victoria under the terms of the 2016 Northern and TPE franchise awards).[1][2]

East Midlands Railway operate an hourly service from Liverpool Lime Street calling at Liverpool South Parkway and Widnes, which continues via Manchester, Sheffield and Nottingham to Norwich. Late services run to Nottingham only.[3]


  1. ^ Table 89 National Rail timetable, May 2018
  2. ^ Northern Franchise Improvements - DfT
  3. ^ GB eNRT, May 2018 Edition, Table 49

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Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Warrington West   Northern Trains
Liverpool Lime Street - Manchester Airport
Widnes   Northern Trains
Liverpool to Manchester Line
Warrington West     Birchwood
Widnes   East Midlands Railway
Liverpool – Norwich
  Manchester Oxford Road
Limited Service
  Future services  
Liverpool Lime Street   Northern Connect
Liverpool Lime Street - Manchester Airport
  Manchester Piccadilly