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Ince railway station

Coordinates: 53°32′21″N 2°36′45″W / 53.5391°N 2.6126°W / 53.5391; -2.6126
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Ince railway station in 2015
General information
LocationInce-in-Makerfield, Wigan
Grid referenceSD595048
Managed byNorthern
Transit authorityGreater Manchester
Other information
Station codeINC
ClassificationDfT category F2
Original companyLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Pre-groupingLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
1888Opened as Higher Ince
2018/19Decrease 20,856
2019/20Increase 27,928
2020/21Decrease 9,618
2021/22Increase 19,712
2022/23Increase 23,720
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

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. A series of improvement works during June and July 2018 to the station added an array of CCTV cameras and a new Card-Only ticket machine.[1] The station is entirely unstaffed and customers must obtain tickets from the ticket machine on the platform. those wishing to pay for their ticket with cash must use the ticket machine to obtain a 'Promise to Pay' and pay the conductor on the train.


The station is served by an hourly service in each direction to Manchester Victoria via Atherton and to Wigan Wallgate respectively. Since the winter 2022 timetable change, eastbound services continue beyond Manchester to Rochdale and Leeds. A small number of services to and from Kirkby call during the morning peak.

There is an hourly daytime Sunday service to Wigan, Southport and Manchester Victoria (via Atherton) in the current (Spring 2023) timetable.[2] Eastbound services continue to Rochdale and Blackburn.


The line between Wigan and Bolton has been given government approval to electrify and upgrade. Various bridges are being modified and rebuilt to make way for this.[3] Ince station will thus have electrification hardware in the future.[4] In 2024, the railway station became part of the £100 million electrification project, and is temporarily closed for approximately five months while upgrades take place.[5]


  1. ^ NRE Stations - Ince (Manchester)National Rail Enquiries website; Retrieved 14 November 2016
  2. ^ Table 101 National Rail timetable, MAy 2023
  3. ^ "Powering ahead: bridge upgrade for Wigan to Bolton electrification". Network Rail Media Centre. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Green light given for Wigan to Bolton electrification". GOV.UK. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Wigan railway station set to shut for five months as £100m electrification project continues". Wigan Today. 9 April 2024.

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Headbolt Lane - Blackburn
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Wigan North Western - Manchester Victoria / Leeds
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53°32′21″N 2°36′45″W / 53.5391°N 2.6126°W / 53.5391; -2.6126