Tyldesley railway station

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Tyldesley
Location
Place Tyldesley
Area Wigan
Coordinates 53°30′45″N 2°28′06″W / 53.5124°N 2.4684°W / 53.5124; -2.4684Coordinates: 53°30′45″N 2°28′06″W / 53.5124°N 2.4684°W / 53.5124; -2.4684
Operations
Original company London and North Western Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 3
History
1 September 1864 Station opens
5 May 1969 Station closes
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Tyldesley railway station is a closed railway station in Greater Manchester. It was situated within the historic county of Lancashire.

History[edit]

Tyldesley station, in common with other stations on the Manchester to Wigan Line, was opened by the London and North Western Railway on 1 September 1864.[1] At a junction to the west of Tyldesley station, the line to Wigan North Western railway station headed north west and the branch to Bedford Leigh, Pennington and Kenyon Junction headed south west. The station joined the London Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping in 1923. It passed to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. The station closed on 5th May 1969.

Coal deposits were the chief motivation for building a railway in the area and the railway's supporters included many local colliery owners and industrialists.[2] Collieries linked to the railway include Astley and Tyldesley Collieries' St George's, Nook and Gin Pit Collieries in Tyldesley connected at Jackson's sidings to the west of the station and the Shakerley, Green's Tyldesley Coal Company and Ramsden's Shakerley Collieries had connections at sidings approximately one mile to the east of Tyldesley station.[3]

The Tyldesley Loopline closed following the Beeching Axe on the 5th May 1969 and Tyldesley and all other stations along the line were closed.[4] The former trackbed within the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan area was reserved in the Unitary Development Plan in case the rail route could be reinstated. The cutting in Tyldesley was filled in and the line of the railway is a footpath. The current proposal for the Leigh-Tyldesley area is a guided bus[5] route along the former trackbed joining the A580 East Lancashire Road close to Roe Green. This is a controversial project and is not popular in the area.

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References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ Sweeney 1996, p. 72
  2. ^ Sweeney 1996, p. 71
  3. ^ Sweeney 1996, p. 92
  4. ^ Sweeney 1996, p. 114
  5. ^ Leigh Salford Manchester Busway Project, brtuk.org, retrieved 2010-02-28 

Bibliography

  • Sweeney, D. J. (1996), A Lancashire Triangle Part One, Triangle Publishing, ISBN 0-9529333-0-6 
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Howe Bridge   London and North Western Railway   Ellenbrook
Leigh