Lostock railway station

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Lostock National Rail
Lostock station. View looking east. The Wigan lines on the right (with no platforms) can be seen joining the main line in the distance.
Place Lostock
Local authority Bolton
Coordinates 53°34′23″N 2°29′38″W / 53.573°N 2.494°W / 53.573; -2.494Coordinates: 53°34′23″N 2°29′38″W / 53.573°N 2.494°W / 53.573; -2.494
Grid reference SD674086
Station code LOT
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.244 million
2012/13 Increase 0.268 million
2013/14 Increase 0.274 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.238 million
2015/16 Decrease 0.232 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Greater Manchester
Original company Liverpool and Bury Railway
Pre-grouping Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
c. August 1852 Station opened as Lostock Junction
7 November 1966 Station closed
16 May 1988 Reopened as Lostock Parkway
? Renamed Lostock
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Lostock from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Lostock railway station serves the suburb of Lostock in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England. According to large scale Ordnance Survey maps and local usage, the area is named Lostock Junction and the station is referred to as such by many local people. Indeed, Network Rail's own "location map" refers to the area as "Lostock Junction".[1] This is similar to the situation in London where Clapham Junction railway station is in fact in Battersea, and the surrounding area has taken the name of Clapham Junction. Lostock itself is some distance to the west of the station.


The railway line between Bolton and Preston had opened as far as Rawlinson Bridge (between Adlington and Chorley) on 4 February 1841, and among the original stations on this route, the first station out of Bolton was at Blackrod.[2] On 20 November 1848, the Liverpool and Bury Railway was opened giving a route between Bolton and Wigan, and the point where it connected to the Bolton–Preston line was named Lostock Junction; the first station out of Bolton on this route was Westhoughton. Later, a station was constructed at the junction, also named Lostock Junction, which opened around August 1852. The station gave its name to the village which grew around it.[3][4] This station had platforms on both the Preston and Wigan routes.[5]

On 17 July 1920, four people were killed and 148 were injured in a near head-on collision between two Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway passenger trains at Lostock Junction due to a signal having erroneously been passed at danger[6]

Lostock Junction Station closed on 7 November 1966[4] as part of the programme of cuts initiated by the Beeching Report of 1963. However, on 16 May 1988 the station was reopened, but now with platforms only on the Preston route and renamed Lostock Parkway, a large car park for the use of park-and-ride commuters having been provided.[4] The suffix "Parkway" was later dropped.[7]


The two-platform station is served by Northern services to Manchester stations (i.e. Piccadilly, Airport, Oxford Road and Victoria) from Preston and Blackpool North.[8] One train per hour southbound continues to Hazel Grove via Stockport. It is a popular commuter station.[9]

The Bolton-Wigan branch-line diverges just to the south of Lostock's platforms, but there are no longer any platforms on the branch to Wigan and Southport. The Network Rail North West Route Utilisation Strategy has recommended the construction of these additional platforms and they were planned to be reinstated as part of the Manchester TIF bid.[10]

Station improvements[edit]

Most recently in early 2009, the station has had a passenger information display system installed, giving waiting passengers on the platforms information about trains that are due to arrive. Fully computer automated, it is also equipped with an audio speaker system, giving the benefit of announcements of train arrivals and delays. During December 2008 - Spring 2009 the car park facilities were greatly improved by extending and resurfacing the land surrounding the railway, with the addition of floodlighting and CCTV.


The station has a ticket office, which is manned from start of service until 19:35, six days per week (closed Sundays). Outside these hours, tickets must be bought on the train or in advance. Shelters are located on each platform and both have step-free access (via ramps northbound).[11]


  1. ^ Local Area Lostock (LOT). Retrieved 6 December 2009.
  2. ^ Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. pp. 74, 78. ISBN 0-7153-4352-1. 
  3. ^ Marshall 1969, pp. 129,132,133
  4. ^ a b c Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 149. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  5. ^ Lostock and Chew Moor - Railways. Retrieved 6 December 2009.
  6. ^ "Report on the Accident at Lostock Junction on 17th July 1920". The Railways Archive. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  7. ^ BR timetables 1988 and 1989.
  8. ^ Table 82 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  9. ^ Strategic Rail Authority figures 2004-05.
  10. ^ "Bolton:Train", GM Future Transport Website Retrieved 21 June 2008
  11. ^ Lostock station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 9 December 2016

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Horwich Parkway   Northern
Manchester to Preston Line
Horwich Parkway   First TransPennine Express
TransPennine North West

Limited Services

Historical railways
Lostock Lane
Line open, station closed
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Bolton and Preston Railway
Line and station open
Chew Moor
Line open, station closed
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Liverpool and Bury Railway