The Anonymous Widower

Beeching Reversal – Reopening Golborne Railway Station

This is one of the Beeching Reversal projects that the Government and Network Rail are proposing to reverse some of the Beeching cuts.

Golborne station was known as Golborne South station in its later years and this Google Map shows the station’s location in the village of Golborne.

I don’t want to disappoint anybody, but I don’t think a station here is a practical idea.

  • The proposal would mean adding a new station between Wigan North Western and Warrington Bank Quay stations. Would this slow Avanti West Coast services by an unacceptable amount?
  • High Speed Two services will use these tracks. Will that be acceptable to the new route’s engineers.?
  • Platforms for the West Coast Main Line and High Speed Two will need to be at least two hundred metres long. Is there enough space?
  • Where will the cars be parked in the village?

But the biggest problem, will be the disruption caused by constructing the station in the middle of a village.


I shall be very surprised if this station is reopened.

August 7, 2020 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | ,


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  2. Station was and will be sited on the SLOW lines … not used by Avanti services
    HS2 will not operate through Golborne … link from it will be NW of Abram into FAST lines. Thus using separate tracks with Avanti’s express services.
    Platforms will only have to accomodate local Manchester and/or Liverpool bound trains. Thus plenty of room within pre-exiting and still development free old station footprint.
    There is plenty of under used land adjacent to the station site. Takeaway parking causes most road disruption. Rail provision is an alternative to ever increased road use … i.e part of the solution not an ‘additional’ problem.

    Comment by Michael B | April 5, 2021 | Reply

    • It could be possible.

      Which lines are the slow?

      Would there be enough space for the car parking?

      What services go through?

      Perhaps a single bi-directional platform would save space.

      Comment by AnonW | April 5, 2021 | Reply

  3. You can’t even agree on the correct spelling of the name! It’s GOLBORNE.

    Comment by David Smith | June 11, 2021 | Reply

    • How’s that?

      Comment by AnonW | June 11, 2021 | Reply

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