Transport in Warrington

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There are various modes of transport available in Warrington.

Rail[edit]

The town has two main railway stations, Bank Quay on the London to Glasgow and Chester – Warrington – Newton-le-WillowsManchester lines, and Central on the Liverpool – Widnes – Manchester line and the Transpennine route. Bank Quay is much altered, but Central (built 1873) is of some architectural merit, featuring polychromatic brickwork. However, both main railway stations have suffered from years of under investment. A new entrance and concourse has been built at Bank Quay, and similar work started in July 2010 at Central station. There are also stations in the suburbs at Padgate, Sankey and Birchwood.

Routes through Bank Quay[edit]

Warrington Bank Quay (WBQ), to the south-west of Warrington's Town Centre, is between Crewe and Preston on the West Coast Main Line from London Euston and Birmingham New Street to Glasgow and Edinburgh, with services operated by Virgin Trains. There are also regional trains to Chester and North Wales and to Liverpool and Ellesmere Port. Arpley and Walton Sidings nearby are a major rail freight interchange, and connect the main line to the freight line to Fiddlers Ferry Power Station, crossing the main line under Bank Quay station, where there were once low level platforms.

Routes through Central[edit]

Central station has local services to Liverpool and Manchester and express services from Liverpool to Manchester then to Yorkshire or East Anglia.

The trains departing Central serve the urban-rural fringe of Warrington and Manchester, serving Birchwood, Padgate, Irlam etc. before heading into Manchester. To the west, trains serve Sankey-for-Penketh before heading into Merseyside and Liverpool. Beyond Manchester, the hourly TransPennine Express trains serve Yorkshire before terminating at Scarborough, while the hourly East Midlands Trains serve Manchester and then head to Nottingham and Norwich.

The station has an average daytime frequency of four trains per hour (two local trains operated by Northern, one fast train to Norwich (East Midland Trains) and one fast train to Scarborough operated by TransPennine Express).

In the case of TransPennine Express, the trains operate Warrington, Birchwood then to Manchester Oxford Road.

In the case of Northern, trains operate a local stopping service to Oxford Road.

History[edit]

The first railway to reach Warrington was the Warrington and Newton Railway in 1831, which connected to the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. Later, the Grand Junction Railway provided a connection to Birmingham and thence to London.

By 1900 the local rail network was complete, with the London and North Western Railway having 3 routes

  • North to South (Carlisle-Preston-Warrington Bank Quay-Crewe-London)
  • East to West (Manchester-Warrington Bank Quay (low level)-Ditton Junction-Liverpool
  • Warrington Bank Quay to Chester and North Wales

and the Cheshire Lines Committee having one route from Liverpool Central via Warrington Central to Manchester Central. There was also a line avoiding Warrington Central (closed in 1968).

The Warrington Bank Quay low level route was closed to regular passenger traffic in 1962. Freight services continue on the Ditton Junction-Warrington section but the line east towards Manchester has been closed and converted into the Trans-Pennine Trail.

Former stations in the Warrington area include

  • closed 1949 – Sankey Bridges
  • 1950 – Fidler's Ferry and Penketh
  • 1954 – Warrington Arpley
  • 1962 – Heatley and Warburton, Lymm, Latchford, Thelwall

Buses[edit]

The town and its districts are fairly well served by bus services. Warrington Borough Transport are the main provider of services, operating 78% of day time bus routes. Arriva North West, First Greater Manchester, Bennetts of Warrington and Warrington Coachways, Halton Transport. National Express also operate their long-distance services through Warrington. All services that serve Warrington depart from and arrive at the new bus station (known as Warrington Interchange). However services can be caught from various points around the town centre, principally Rylands Street (for South and Eastbound routes), Academy Way (Inbound and Eastbound routes), Warrington Central for Northbound services, Sankey Street for Westbound, Eastbound and Southbound buses.

Daytime route table [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]
Route Number Route Summary Direction Mon - Sat Frequency Sunday Frequency Route
1
2
Warrington - Westy Circular
Warrington - Westy Circular
Southbound
Eastbound
30 mins
30 mins
60 mins
60 mins
Warrington, Knutsford Road, Latchford, Westy, Manchester Road, Warrington
Warrington, Manchester Rd, Westy, Latchford, Knutsford Road, Warrington
1C
Warrington - Westy Eastbound 15 mins No service Warrington, Knutsford Road, Latchford, Westy
3
Warrington - Martinscroft Eastbound 30 mins 30 mins Warrington, Paddington, Woolston, Manchester Road, Martinscroft
4A
Warrington - Woolston Eastbound 30 mins No service Warrington, Paddington, Woolston
5
35
Warrington - Altrincham Southbound 60 mins
60 mins
60 mins
No service
Warrington, Stockton Heath, Grappenhall, Thelwall, Statham, Lymm, Warburton, Dunham, (Partington - infrequently), Altrincham
Serves Broomedge and Agden instead of Warburton and Dunham
6
6C
Warrington - Thelwall Circular
Warrington - Cobbs Estate
Southbound 30 mins
Infrequent
No service
60 mins
Warrington, Stockton Heath, Cobbs Estate, Grappenhall, Thelwall
Warrington, Stockton Heath, Cobbs Estate
7
Warrington - Liverpool Westbound 30 mins 60 mins Warrington, Penketh, Cronton, Huyton, Broadgreen, Edge Hill, Liverpool
7
8
8A
9
Warrington - Appleton Thorn - (Stretton - infrequently)
Warrington - Appleton Thorn - (Hatton - peak only)
Warrington - Hatton
Warrington - Hatton
Southbound 120 mins

120 mins

Infrequent

Infrequent

No service
No service
No service
No service
Warrington, Stockton Heath, Cobbs Estate, Dudlow's Green, Appleton Thorn, (Stretton - infrequently)
Stockton Heath, Cobbs Estate, Appleton Thorn, (Stretton - infrequently), (Hatton - infrequently)
Serves Bridgewater High instead of Cobbs Estate
Serves Owens Corner instead of Cobbs Estate and Appleton Thorn
10
Warrington - Edgewater Park Eastbound 30 mins
No service
Warrington, Farrell Street, Westy, Edgewater Park
11
11A
12
Warrington - Lower Walton Circular Southbound 30 mins
Afternoon only
30 mins
No service Warrington, Knutsford Road, Latchford, Westy, Loushers Lane, Gainsborough Road, Lower Walton, Centre Park, Warrington
Serves Wilderspool Causeway instead of Gainsborough Road and Lower Walton
Centre Park, Lower Walton, Gainsborough Road, Loushers Lane, Latchford, Westy, Knutsford Road, Warrington
13
Warrington - Whittle Hall Westbound 30 mins No service Warrington, Chapelford, Whittle Hall
14
15
15A
Warrington - Sankey Circular Westbound 30 mins
30 mins

No service

No service

No service 60 mins

Warrington, Hood Manor, Sankey Station, Lingley Green, Meeting Lane, Penketh Lane Ends, Warrington
Warrington, Penketh Lane Ends, Meeting Lane, Lingley Green, Sankey Station, Hood Manor, Warrington

Warrington, Hood Manor, Meeting Lane, Lingley Green, Sankey Station, Hood Manor, Warrington

16
16A
Warrington - Dallam Westbound 30 mins
30 mins
30 mins (16/20A/21A)
No service
Warrington, General Hospital, Folly Lane, Dallam
Serves Troutbeck Avenue
16X
Warrington - Dallam Westbound 30 mins No service Warrington, General Hospital, Folly Lane, Dallam

17

17A
17C
Callands - Warrington - Birchwood East/westbound 30 mins
Infrequent
Infrequent
60 mins
No service
No service
Warrington, Gemini, Callands, Westbrook, Old Hall, Warrington, Paddington, Fearnhead, Birchwood, Oakwood
Also serves Birchwood Park
Also serves Birchwood Park
18
Warrington - Callands Westbound 30 mins See 17 Warrington, Old Hall, Westbrook, Callands
19
Warrington - Leigh Northbound 60 mins 60 mins Warrington, Winwick, Croft, Culcheth, Glazebury, Leigh
20
20A
21
21A
Warrington - Orford Circular
Warrington - Orford Circular
Warrington - Longford Circular
Warrington - Longford Circular
Northbound 12 mins
Early morning only
12 mins
Early morning only
60 mins
60 mins
60 mins
60 mins
Warrington, Winwick Rd, Longford, Orford, Warrington
Also serves Warrington Hospital and Dallam
Warrington, Orford, Longford, Winwick Road, Warrington
Also serves Dallam and Warrington Hospital
21X
Warrington - Longford Circular Northbound 30 mins No service Warrington, Orford, Longford, Winwick Road, Warrington
22
Warrington - Vulcan Northbound 60 mins 60 mins
Terminates at Earlestown
Warrington, Winwick, Newton-le-Willows, Earlestown, Vulcan
23
23A
Warrington - Cinnamon Brow
Warrington - Orange Grove
Eastbound 60 mins
60 mins
See 26/27 Warrington, Paddington, Fearnhead, Cinnamon Brow
Also serves Orange Grove
25
25A
Warrington - Gorse Covert
Warrington - Cinnamon Brow
Eastbound 30 mins
2 early morning journeys
See 26/27 Warrington, Orford, Cinnamon Brow, Birchwood, Oakwood, Gorse Covert
Terminates at Cinnamon Brow
25B
Warrington - Ryfields Village Eastbound Infrequently No service Warrington, Ryfields Village
26
27
Warrington - Gorse Covert Eastbound No service
No service
120 mins
120 mins
Warrington, Orford, Cinnamon Brow, Birchwood, Oakwood, Gorse Covert
Serves Fearnhead instead of Cinnamon Brow
28
28A
Warrington - Leigh Eastbound 60 mins
Peak-only
No service
60 mins
Warrington, Paddington, Padgate, Longbarn, Birchwood, Locking Stumps, Risley, Culcheth, Glazebury, Leigh
Omits Birchwood
30
30B
Warrington - Penketh Circular Westbound See 32A
Infrequent
60 mins
No service
Warrington, Liverpool Road, Penketh Lane Ends, Meeting Lane
Also serves Sankey Station and Lingley Green
32A
Warrington - Penketh Circular Westbound 30 mins See 30 Warrington, Liverpool Road, Penketh Lane Ends, Meeting Lane, Tannery Lane
39
40
40B
41
41A
42
42A
School services to Lymm High Eastbound Infrequent No service Grappenhall, Lymm High School
Stretton, Stockton Heath, Grappenhall, Lymm High School
Martinscroft, Hollins Green, Latchford Locks, Lymm High School
Walton, Grappenhall, Lymm High School
Stanton Road, Lymm High School
Grappenhall Heys, Appleton Thorn, Grappenhall, Lymm High School
Warrington, Knutsford Road, Lymm High School
43
School service to Little Bollington Southbound Infrequent No service Partington, Lymm, Little Bollington
45
Warrington - Northwich Southbound 120 mins No service Warrington, Stockton Heath, Owens Corner, Stretton, (Antrobus - infrequently), Comberbach, Budworth, Wincham, Lostock Gralam, Marston, Northwich
46
Warrington - Northwich Southbound 120 mins No service Warrington, Stockton Heath, Owens Corner, Stretton, Antrobus, Comberbach, Anderton, Barnton, Northwich
47
Warrington - High Legh Southbound Infrequent No service Warrington, Latchford, Grappenhall, Lymm, Broomedge, High Legh
B52
Westy - Warrington - Burtonwood - Westbrook Northbound Infrequent No service (Westy - works service only), (Warrington - works service only), Burtonwood, Gemini, Westbrook
53
Burtonwood - Westbrook Northbound Infrequent No service Burtonwood, Gemini, Westbrook
62
62A
Warrington - Widnes - Halebank Southbound 30 mins
Peak only
No service
No service
Warrington, Walton, Moore, Murdishaw, Halton Lea, Runcorn, Widnes, Halebank
Also serves Daresbury Science and Technology Park
100
Warrington - Manchester Eastbound 60 mins Hourly Warrington, Martinscroft, Hollins Green, Partington, Cadishead, Trafford Centre, Eccles, Salford, Manchester Shudehill
110
Warrington - Murdishaw Westbound 20 mins 30 mins Warrington, Penketh, Widnes, Runcorn, Halton Lea, Murdishaw, (Whitehouse - peak only), (Windmill Hill - Sun only)
110
Warrington - Widnes Westbound 2 per hour No service Warrington, Penketh, Widnes
329
Warrington - Saint Helens Northbound 30 mins No service Warrington, Winwick, Burtonwood, Collins Green, Parr, Saint Helens
329
Warrington - Saint Helens Northbound 60 mins No service Warrington, Winwick, Burtonwood, Collins Green, Parr, Saint Helens
360
Warrington - Wigan Northbound 30 mins No service Warrington, Winwick, Newton-le-Willows, Golborne, Wigan
X30
Warrington - Chester Southbound 60 mins No service Warrington, Walton, Daresbury, Halton Lea, Frodsham, Helsby, Chester
Evening route table [9][10]
Route Number Route Summary Direction Mon - Sat Evening Frequency Sun Evening Frequency Route
1E
Warrington - Westy Circular Southbound 60 mins No Service Warrington, Knutsford Road, Latchford, Westy
3E
Warrington - Martinscroft Eastbound 60 mins No Service Warrington, Paddington, Woolston, Manchester Road, Martinscroft
5E
Warrington - Lymm Southbound 120 mins No Service Warrington, Stockton Heath, Cobbs Estate, Grappenhall, Thelwall, Statham, Lymm
7
Warrington - Liverpool Westbound 60 mins No Service Warrington, Penketh, Cronton, Huyton, Broadgreen, Edge Hill, Liverpool
8E
Warrington - Appleton Thorn Southbound 120 mins No Service Warrington, Stockton Heath, Cobbs Estate, Appleton Thorn
15E
Warrington - Sankey Circular Westbound 60 mins No Service Warrington, Hood Manor, Meeting Lane, Lingley Green, Sankey Station, Hood Manor, Warrington
16E
Warrington - Dallam Westbound 60 mins No Service Warrington, General Hospital, Folly Lane, Dallam
18E
Warrington - Callands Westbound 60 mins No Service Warrington, Old Hall, Westbrook, Callands
21E
Warrington - Longford Circular Northbound 60 mins No Service Warrington, Orford, Longford
22E
24E
Warrington - Earlestown Northbound 120 mins
120 mins
No Service Warrington, Winwick, Newton-le-Willows, Earlestown
Warrington, Winwick, Burtonwood, Collins Green, Earlestown
26E
27E
Warrington - Cinnamon Brow Eastbound 60 mins
60 mins
No Service Warrington, Winwick Road, Longford, Orford, Cinnamon Brow
Warrington, Orford, Padgate, Cinnamon Brow
28E
Warrington - Leigh Eastbound 60 mins No Service Warrington, Paddington, Padgate, Longbarn, Locking Stumps, Birchwood, Gorse Covert, Risley, Culcheth, Glazebury, Leigh
32E
Warrington - Penketh Circular Westbound 60 mins No Service Warrington, Liverpool Road, Penketh Lane Ends, Meeting Lane
Notes:
  • First buses are those leaving either Wilderspool Depot (in the case of Warrington Borough Transport) or the Town Centre, to start the full route.
  • Last buses are those leaving the outer terminus on linear routes, or arriving into Warrington on circulars; some last buses terminate elsewhere in the town centre, e.g. Garven Place.
  • Asterisked times show first/last bus operating full route, beyond this there may be a partial operation, terminating before the normal terminus.
  • A red background in the route number column denotes routes normally operated by Warrington Borough Transport
  • A teal background in the route number column denotes routes normally operated by Arriva North West
  • A golden background in the route number column denotes routes operated by Fairbrothers
  • A green background in the route number column denotes routes operated by Link Network
  • A purple background in the route number column denotes routes operated by Halton Borough Transport
  • A grey background in the route number column denotes routes operated by First Greater Manchester
  • A black background in the route number column denotes routes operated by Howards Travel

Roads[edit]

There are three key motorways serving the town and surrounding areas. The town is located roughly halfway between Liverpool and Manchester.

The M6 has four junctions in Warrington. Junction 20 serves the rural south-eastern outskirts of Warrington (i.e. Lymm, Grappenhall, Appleton Thorn and Hatton), it also acts as the "Lymm Interchange" for the M56. Junction 21 serves Woolston, Padgate, Birchwood and the town centre. Junction 21A is the "Croft Interchange" for the M62. Finally, junction 22 serves the north-eastern rural suburbs (i.e. Kenyon, Croft, and Culcheth). To the North, the next exit is for Haydock, to the south the next exit is for Macclesfield, Knutsford and Northwich.

The M62 also has four junctions serving Warrington. Junction 11 serves the Eastern suburbs (Birchwood, Risley, and Culcheth). Junction 10 is known as the "Croft Interchange" and links to the M6. Junction 9 serves the town centre, and inner city areas (Orford, Winwick, and Longford). Finally, junction 8 serves the western suburbs (Westbrook, Sankey and Callands). To the west, the next junction serves St. Helens, Prescot, and Widnes. Towards the east, the next junction is known as the "Eccles Interchange", linking the M60.

The third motorway skirts the south-east of Warrington, the M56 interchanges with the M6 at junction 9. Junction 10 serves the very rural outskirts of Warrington (Stretton and Hatton).

There are several A-roads serving Warrington:

River[edit]

The River Mersey runs through the heart of the town dividing it into two. There are only two main thoroughfares crossing the Mersey in Warrington: at Bridgefoot and at the Kingsway Bridge. Another crossing is planned from Lower Walton to Arpley.

Canals[edit]

Warrington is also divided by the Manchester Ship Canal but there are three swing bridges and a high-level cantilever bridge providing crossing points, and another high-level crossing is planned between Warrington and Runcorn.

The picturesque Bridgewater Canal runs through the Borough from the scenic village of Lymm to Walton Lea Gardens, a local park/leisure area.

The first modern canal is also located in Warrington. The Sankey Canal starts at Spike Island in Widnes, going through Sankey Valley Park past Bewsey Old Hall & Gullivers World theme park, on through Earlestown and ending at the old Safeway store (now Tesco) in St. Helens.

Air[edit]

Although, Warrington itself does not have an airport, it is within half an hour (by road) of two international airports : Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport, each with a mix of various international, European, domestic and regional flights. You can reach Manchester Airport by train (via Piccadilly Station in Manchester).

At one point Warrington was home to a world-famous military airfield used intensively during World War Two at Burtonwood. Now the runway is part of the M62 and the area has now been transformed into Gemini business park. When driving down the M62 one can still see some of the old aircraft hangars that are now home to various businesses.

Cycling[edit]

Warrington is home to the Warrington Cycle Campaign, a cycling advocacy group that has received international attention with its 'Cycle facility of the month' feature.

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