Hindley railway station
|Hindley railway station in July 2008|
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|Number of platforms||2 (in use)|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Hindley from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Hindley is one of the principal stations that lie on the Wigan to Manchester line, just before the route branches to use either the Atherton line or the Eastern Branch line via Westhoughton and Bolton. The station is located 14 miles (23 km) west of Manchester Victoria with regular Northern Rail services to these towns as well as Salford, Swinton and Walkden, with onward trains to Kirkby and Southport. Hindley is the nearest station to Aspull.
The station is situated some distance (about ¾ mile) from the centre of the town. Figures (to June 2008) showed that usage increased year-on year by 9%, with a further healthy increase for 2007/8, which continues. Interchange passengers (changing from the Atherton line to reach Bolton) amounted to around 13,000 further passengers annually. Figures (right) demonstrate that usage more than doubled from 2004 to 2011, with a further 17% increase from 2011 to 2012,
This station was formerly called Hindley North to differentiate it from Hindley South station (closed in November 1964) on the line from Wigan Central to Glazebrook. There were also stations serving Hindley at Platt Bridge and at Hindley Green (both closed in 1961) on the line from Wigan North Western to Manchester Exchange, the residual "fast local" and express passenger service ceasing on 1 January 1968.
At Hindley there are now two platforms in use, with the overgrown remains of two further platforms (for the fast lines taken out of use on 21 November 1965.)
There is now a "Friends of Hindley Station" group, formed in 2007, whose aim is to promote the use of the station by improvements. The car park has been enlarged but passenger numbers have increased so that it is probably in need of further enlargement. The group have had several weekend clearing sessions. During one such session a large nameplaque made of stones on the station banking was uncovered. The results objectively can be considered spectacular, evidenced by the number of "in bloom" and landscaping awards won (see their webpage below). Also, partially as a result of their input, there is to be a direct link to Manchester Airport from December 2008.
There are three trains per hour to Manchester Victoria during Monday to Saturday daytimes (with extra calls at peak periods) - two via Atherton (running every thirty minutes) and one via Bolton (serving most local stations south of there). Some of the former continue onwards to Stalybridge. The hourly service to Manchester Airport via Bolton and Manchester Piccadilly also now calls since the start of the new 2008-09 timetable, as noted above.
In the opposite direction there are four trains each hour to Wigan, with an hourly service to Kirkby and two per hour to Southport. At weekday peak times a small number of trains run to and from Wigan North Western (some also continued to Liverpool Lime Street, but these ended at the December 2008 timetable change). During the evenings there are two trains per hour to Manchester (one on each route) and two to Wigan, one of which continues to Southport.
On Sundays there are hourly services to Bolton, Manchester Piccadilly and Stockport, to Manchester Victoria via Atherton until the early evening (since the beginning of the 2010 Summer timetable) and two trains per hour to Wigan (hourly beyond to Southport). Alternate Stockport services continue to Chester via Altrincham.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Wigan Wallgate||Northern Rail