Gathurst railway station

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Gathurst National Rail
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Gathurst railway station in 2015, the L&YR-era station building is now a public house.
Location
Place Gathurst
Local authority Wigan
Grid reference SD541071
Operations
Station code GST
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 91,032
2012/13 Increase 92,622
2013/14 Decrease 92,464
2014/15 Decrease 86,050
2015/16 Increase 86,976
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Greater Manchester
History
Key dates Opened 1855 (1855)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Gathurst from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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On the outskirts of the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester, England, the semi-rural Gathurst is a two-platform station on the Southport line 2 34 miles (4.4 kilometres) north west of Wigan Wallgate station. The station also serves the nearby village of Shevington, indeed until 1973 (see British Rail Timetable of 1972) was named Gathurst for Shevington. It is currently operated by Northern.

The main stone-built station building survives adjacent to the Wigan-bound platform, but is now in use for non-railway purposes (as a public house), modest shelters now being provided on both platforms for rail travellers.

History[edit]

The station was built by the Manchester and Southport Railway and opened on 9 April 1855, and from January 1885 was part of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L&YR). The main stone-built station building (no longer in use) was built during this time, in the standard L&YR style. The L&YR amalgamated with the London and North Western Railway on 1 January 1922 and in turn was grouped into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) in 1923. Nationalisation followed in 1948. When Sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by Regional Railways until the privatisation of British Rail.

Facilities[edit]

The station is unmanned and has no ticket machine, so all tickets must be bought prior to travel or on the train. Train running information can be obtained by phone and timetable posters. There is step-free access to both platforms.[1]

Services[edit]

There is generally an hourly service from Gathurst westbound to Southport and eastbound to Manchester Victoria via Atherton. Some Southport to Manchester Airport via Bolton services also call at Gathurst at peak times and late evenings, whilst the last eastbound train of the day terminates at Wigan Wallgate.[2]

On Sundays, trains also call hourly but the eastbound service goes instead to Stockport via Manchester Piccadilly, with trains continuing to Hazel Grove & Chester via Altrincham on alternate hours.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gathurst station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 20 December 2016
  2. ^ Great Britain eNRT December 2016 Edition, Table 82

External links[edit]


Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Appley Bridge   Northern
Manchester-Southport Line
  Wigan Wallgate

Coordinates: 53°33′34″N 2°41′37″W / 53.5594°N 2.6937°W / 53.5594; -2.6937