Moses Gate railway station

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Moses Gate National Rail
Moses Gate railway station in 1989.jpg
Location
Place Farnworth
Local authority Bolton
Grid reference SD734067
Operations
Station code MSS
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 23,178
2012/13 Increase 25,978
2013/14 Increase 26,336
2014/15 Decrease 22,742
2015/16 Decrease 10,354
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Transport for Greater Manchester
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Moses Gate from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Moses Gate railway station serves the Moses Gate suburb of Farnworth in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, Greater Manchester, England.

It lies on the Manchester-Preston Line 1 14 miles (2.0 km) south of Bolton, though only local services run by Northern call here.

Until the late 1970s, Moses Gate was one of the more important stations on the line between Manchester Victoria and Bolton, with Sunday service and high patronage.[1] But due to clearance of much housing in the area, use has declined (see Strategic Rail Authority figures) although it retains an hourly service (see National Rail Timetable). Moses Gate is the nearest railway station to the village of Little Lever. The station was staffed until the early 1990s, but the station buildings (see photo to right) were badly damaged in an arson attack and subsequently demolished. It is now unmanned and has no ticketing facilities (passengers intending to travel must buy tickets in advance or on the train). Shelters and timetable posters are located on both platforms; though there are ramps to each platform, the National Rail Enquiries entry for the station states that it is not currently (December 2016) DDA-compliant.[2]

From early May 2015 until the December 2015 timetable change, services from the station were suspended and replaced by buses due to the ongoing modernisation work here (where the platforms have been rebuilt, ahead of planned electrification of the line) and on the route further south at Farnworth Tunnel. The station reopened on 14 December 2015.

Service[edit]

There is an hourly weekday and Saturday daytime service (with a few extra peak period calls) until 18:58 northbound to Wigan Wallgate and southwards to Manchester Victoria until 18:45 in the current (December 2016 - May 2017 timetable).[3] A limited number of weekday peak trains run to/from Wigan North Western rather than Wallgate.

There is only one evening service at 23:12 (Fridays and Saturdays only) which goes to Bolton and Wigan Wallgate. Mondays to Thursdays sees this train replaced by a bus, due to ongoing late night engineering work.

There is no evening service to Manchester and no Sunday service.

References[edit]

  1. ^ British Rail National Timetables 1973, 1974 and 1978 Editions
  2. ^ Moses Gate station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 9 December 2016
  3. ^ Northern Rail Timetable 14 - Manchester & Manchester Airport to Southport & KirkbyNorthern Rail; Retrieved 12 December 2016

External links[edit]


Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Bolton   Northern
Manchester-Southport Line
  Farnworth

Coordinates: 53°33′23″N 2°24′06″W / 53.5563°N 2.4017°W / 53.5563; -2.4017