Ince (Wigan) railway station

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Not to be confused with Ince and Elton railway station.
Ince National Rail
On the platform, Ince railway station (geograph 4531742).jpg
Ince railway station in 2015
Location
Place Ince-in-Makerfield
Local authority Wigan
Grid reference SD595048
Operations
Station code INC
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2 faces (Central island)
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 21,608
2012/13 Increase 22,200
2013/14 Increase 22,300
2014/15 Decrease 19,684
2015/16 Increase 21,150
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Greater Manchester
History
Original company Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Pre-grouping Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
1888 Opened as Higher Ince
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Ince from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Ince railway station serves the Ince area of Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester. The station is on the Manchester-Southport Line 17¼ miles (28 km) north west of Manchester Victoria.

Until November 1964, Ince was also served by a station at Lower Ince on the line from Wigan Central to Glazebrook (to the now closed Manchester Central).

Ince suffered in the 1960s and 1970s from much house clearance and landscaping. This has resulted in low passenger usage for the station which served an area which was (until the 1960s) a bustling independent town. Ince (unlike Daisy Hill and Hindley, and other stations on the line) is not a commuter dormitory suburb and now the station is deserted even at peak times. Usage figures increased by around 10% in 2006/07 and recently by greater amounts (around 25% in 2007/08, and 29% in 2010-11) albeit from a relatively low base.

There are three seats, with a new shelter that contains benches. There is also a newly installed LED next train indicator sign (which the station did not previously have) and a payphone. There are no other facilities (such as a ticket machine or waiting room) at the station, as can be seen from its National Rail Enquiries entry.[1] Passengers must buy their tickets in advance or from the conductor on the train as there is no staffed ticket office here.

Services[edit]

The station is served by an hourly service in each direction to Manchester Victoria via Atherton and to Southport (Wigan Wallgate during the evenings) respectively. Peak hour variations see a few Kirkby trains call during the evening peak and through trains beyond Manchester to Huddersfield, Blackburn and Leeds.

There is an hourly daytime Sunday service (via Atherton) in the current (2015-6) timetable.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ NRE Stations - Ince (Manchester)National Rail Enquiries website; Retrieved 14 November 2016
  2. ^ Northern Rail Timetable 14 Manchester to Southport & Kirkby 13 Dec 2015 - 14 May 2016 Retrieved 15 December 2015

External links[edit]


Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Wigan Wallgate   Northern
Manchester-Southport Line or
Manchester Airport-Southport
  Hindley
  Northern
Manchester-Kirkby
 

Coordinates: 53°32′21″N 2°36′45″W / 53.5391°N 2.6126°W / 53.5391; -2.6126