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Public consultation on plans for Greater Manchester’s new Golborne rail station now live



• First look at new Golborne station revealed with CGI flythrough.

• Public consultation runs until 11:59pm on Thursday 15 February 2024.

• Community drop-in sessions provide an opportunity to view plans.


A six-week public consultation is now live for people to have their say on ambitious plans for a new railway station at Golborne in the Greater Manchester borough of Wigan.

Launched at a public meeting last night (4 January 2024) by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, MP for Leigh James Grundy and ward councillors, the consultation will run until 11:59pm on Thursday 15 February 2024.

A new computer-generated flythrough of what the station might look like has now been released.

People can have their say by visiting the consultation hub online at www.participate.wigan.gov.uk/en-GB/Projects/golborne-rail-station.

Physical copies of the consultation will be available at a series of drop-in sessions, by emailing hello@beenetwork.com or calling 0161 244 1000.

Public drop-in sessions will be held at:

• Golborne Library on Wednesday 10 January between 10am – 1pm

• Golborne Sports and Social Club on Wednesday 24 January between 1.30pm – 4.30pm

• Parkside Sports and Community Club on Thursday 8 February between 6pm – 9pm

Further information can be found on the TfGM website: A new rail station for Golborne | Bee Network | Powered by TfGM

The consultation will gather views on the proposed station facilities and links to the local area. It will also gather information from respondents about people’s potential future use of the station.

It will seek feedback on the following:

• The location of proposed new eastern access to Golborne town centre.

• The facilities within the station.

• Accessibility for all station users.

• Car park improvements.

• Walking, cycling, wheeling and other active travel measures.

• People’s potential future use of the station.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is working in partnership with Wigan Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to deliver the city-region’s first new railway station in more than 20 years.

The scheme forms part of significant investment locally to support GMCA’s ambitions to make local rail an integral part of the Bee Network – Greater Manchester’s vision for a joined-up London-style public transport system – by 2030.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “We want to transform how people travel across Greater Manchester and give them more choice through the Bee Network.

“Reconnecting Golborne to the railway will significantly improve public transport connectivity for people in the town, but also in places like Lowton and Leigh, as well as the broader borough of Wigan.

“The station is also a key step forward in our ambitions for local rail to be part of the Bee Network by 2030. We want to deliver a station that people in Golborne are proud of, so it’s important that everyone has their say and helps shape the plans.”

Golborne currently has no direct bus, train or tram services to Manchester, so train services would reduce journey times into Manchester city centre by up to 30 minutes. The station would also boost the economy and improve the local environment.

Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux MBE, said: “This is an exciting time for Golborne rail station, and I’d really encourage everyone to take a look at the plans and have their say in this consultation.

“We fully support the reopening of the station and it’s really important that we can develop the best scheme possible with better transport links and improved walking and cycling infrastructure, as part of the wider Bee Network.”

Following the public consultation, local views and feedback will be considered on the station proposals before a final business case is submitted to the government.


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