Transport in Warrington

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There are various modes of transport available in Warrington.

Rail[edit]

Warrington is served very well by rail in terms of services and the fact there are six railway stations within its boundaries. 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, Glazebrook and Birchwood.

Routes through Bank Quay[edit]

Warrington Bank Quay, 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 Midlands 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's Own Buses is 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 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
Warrington - Westy Circular Southbound 30 mins 60 mins Warrington, Knutsford Road, Latchford, Westy, Manchester Road, Warrington
1C
Warrington - Westy Eastbound 15 mins No service Warrington, Knutsford Road, Latchford, Westy
2
Warrington - Westy Circular Eastbound 30 mins 60 mins The reverse of route 1
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
CAT5
Cheshire Cat
Warrington - Altrincham Southbound 60 mins 60 mins Warrington, Bank Quay Rail (most), Centre Park (most), Stockton Heath, Grappenhall, Thelwall, Statham, Lymm, Warburton (some), Dunham, Altrincham
CAT5A
Cheshire Cat
Warrington - Altrincham Southbound 60 mins See CAT5 As service CAT5, but serves Partington and Broadheath instead of Warburton and Dunham
CAT6
Cheshire Cat
Warrington - Grappenhall Circular Southbound 30 mins 60 mins
(to Cobbs Estate)
Warrington, Bank Quay Rail (most), Centre Park (most), Stockton Heath, Cobbs Estate, Grappenhall East View
7
Warrington - Liverpool Westbound 30 mins 30 mins Warrington, Penketh, Cronton, Huyton, Broadgreen, Edge Hill, Liverpool
CAT7
Cheshire Cat
Warrington - Appleton Thorn Southbound 120 mins No service Warrington, Bank Quay Rail (most), Centre Park (most), Stockton Heath, Cobbs Estate, Pewterspear, Dudlows Green, Appleton Thorn
CAT8
Cheshire Cat
Warrington - Appleton Thorn - Hatton (some) Southbound 120 mins No service Warrington, Bank Quay Rail (most), Centre Park (most), Stockton Heath, Cobbs Estate, Appleton Thorn, Stretton (some), Hatton (some)
CAT8A
Cheshire Cat
Warrington - Appleton Thorn - Hatton Southbound Infrequent No service As service CAT8 but via Lyons Lane and New Lane, operating at school times only
CAT9
Cheshire Cat
Warrington - Northwich Southbound 120 mins No service Warrington, Bank Quay Rail (most), Centre Park (most), Stockton Heath, Stretton, Antrobus (some), Comberbach, Budworth, Wincham, Lostock Gralam, Northwich
CAT9A
Cheshire Cat
Warrington - Northwich Southbound 120 mins No service Warrington, Bank Quay Rail (most), Centre Park (most), Stockton Heath, Stretton, Antrobus, Comberbach, Anderton, Barnton, Northwich
CAT9B
Cheshire Cat
Warrington - Hatton Southbound Infrequent No service Warrington, Bank Quay Rail (most), Centre Park (most), Stockton Heath, Stretton, Hatton
10
Warrington - Edgewater Park Eastbound 30 mins No service Warrington, Farrell Street, Westy, Edgewater Park
10A
Warrington - Edgewater Park Eastbound Peak only No service Warrington, Knutsford Road, Latchford, Westy, Edgewater Park
11
Warrington - Lower Walton Circular Southbound 30 mins No service Warrington, Knutsford Road, Latchford, Westy, Loushers Lane, Gainsborough Road, Lower Walton, Warrington
12
Warrington - Lower Walton Circular Southbound 30 mins No service The reverse of route 11
13
Warrington - Whittle Hall Westbound 30 mins No service Warrington, Hood Manor, Chapelford, Whittle Hall
14
Warrington - Sankey Circular Westbound 30 mins See 15A Warrington, Hood Manor, Sankey Station, Lingley Green, Meeting Lane, Penketh Lane Ends, Warrington
15
Warrington - Sankey Circular Westbound 30 mins See 15A The reverse of route 14
15A
Warrington - Sankey Circular Westbound See 15 60 mins Warrington, Hood Manor, Meeting Lane, Lingley Green, Sankey Station, Hood Manor, Warrington
16
Warrington - Dallam Westbound 30 mins 30 mins
(on 16/20A/21A)
Warrington, General Hospital, Folly Lane, Dallam
16A
Warrington - Dallam Westbound 30 mins See 16/20A/21A As service 16, but serves Troutbeck Avenue
16X
Warrington - Dallam Westbound 30 mins No service Warrington, General Hospital, Folly Lane, Dallam
17
Connect17
Callands - Warrington - Birchwood East/westbound 30 mins 60 mins
(to Callands)
Warrington, Gemini, Callands, Westbrook, Old Hall, Warrington, Paddington, Fearnhead, Birchwood, Oakwood
17A
Connect17
Callands - Warrington - Birchwood East/westbound Infrequent See 17 As service 17, but additionally serves Birchwood Park
17C
Connect17
Callands - Warrington - Birchwood East/westbound Infrequent See 17 As service 17, but serves Birchwood Park instead of Birchwood Centre
18
Warrington - Callands Westbound 30 mins See 17 Warrington, Old Hall, Westbrook, Callands
19
Warrington - Leigh Northbound 60 mins 60 mins
(to Culcheth)
Warrington, Winwick, Croft, Culcheth, Glazebury, Leigh
20
The Pops
Warrington - Orford Circular Northbound 10 mins 60 mins Warrington, Winwick Rd, Orford Park Centre, Longford, Orford, Warrington
20A
Warrington - Orford Circular Northbound Early morning only 60 mins As service 20, but serves Warrington Hospital and Dallam instead of Winwick Road and Orford Park Centre
21
The Pops
Warrington - Longford Circular Northbound 10 mins 60 mins Warrington, Orford, Longford, Orford Park Centre, Winwick Road, Warrington
21A
Warrington - Longford Circular Northbound Early morning only 60 mins As service 21, but serves Dallam and Warrington Hospital instead of Orford Park Centre and Winwick Road
21X
Warrington - Longford Circular Northbound 30 mins No service Warrington, Orford, Longford, Winwick Road, Warrington
22
Warrington - Earlestown - Vulcan (most) Northbound 60 mins See 22A Warrington, Winwick, Newton-le-Willows, Earlestown, Vulcan (most)
22A
Warrington - Earlestown - Wigan (most) Northbound See 22 60 mins As service 22 to Earlestown, then most continue to Newton-le-Willows, Golborne, Abram, Platt Bridge and Wigan
25
Warrington - Gorse Covert Eastbound 30 mins See 26/27 Warrington, Ryfields Village (some), Orford, Orange Grove (some), Cinnamon Brow, Birchwood, Oakwood, Gorse Covert
26
Warrington - Gorse Covert Eastbound See 25 120 mins Warrington, Orford, Cinnamon Brow, Birchwood, Oakwood, Gorse Covert
27
Warrington - Gorse Covert Eastbound See 25 120 mins As service 26, but serves Fearnhead instead of Cinnamon Brow
28
Warrington - Leigh Eastbound 60 mins See 28A Warrington, Paddington, Padgate, Longbarn, Birchwood, Locking Stumps, Risley, Culcheth, Glazebury, Leigh
28A
Warrington - Leigh Eastbound Peak only 60 mins As service 28, but omits Birchwood
30
Warrington - Penketh Circular Westbound See 32A 60 mins Warrington, Liverpool Road, Penketh Lane Ends, Meeting Lane
30B
Warrington - Penketh Circular Westbound Infrequent See 30 As service 30, but 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
School service to Lymm High School Eastbound Infrequent No service Grappenhall, Lymm High School
40
School service to Lymm High School Eastbound Infrequent No service Stretton, Stockton Heath, Grappenhall, Lymm High School
40B
School service to Lymm High School Eastbound Infrequent No service Martinscroft, Hollins Green, Latchford Locks, Lymm High School
41
School service to Lymm High School Eastbound Infrequent No service Walton, Grappenhall, Lymm High School
Stanton Road, Lymm High School
41A
School service to Lymm High School Eastbound Infrequent No service Stanton Road, Lymm High School
42
School service to Lymm High School Eastbound Infrequent No service Grappenhall Heys, Appleton Thorn, Grappenhall, Lymm High School
42A
School service to Lymm High School Eastbound Infrequent No service Warrington, Knutsford Road, Lymm High School
47
Warrington - Lymm - High Legh - Knutsford Southbound Infrequent No service Warrington (some), Latchford (some), Grappenhall (some), Lymm, Broomedge, High Legh, Knutsford (some)
53
Collins Green - Burtonwood - Westbrook Northbound Infrequent No service Collins Green, Burtonwood, Gemini, Westbrook
62
Warrington - Runcorn - Widnes - Halebank Southbound 30 mins 60 mins Warrington, Walton, Moore, Murdishaw, Halton Lea, Runcorn, Widnes, Halebank
62A
Warrington - Runcorn - Widnes - Halebank Southbound Peak only See 62 As service 62, but serves Daresbury Technology Park instead of Moore
100
Warrington - Manchester Eastbound 60 mins 60 mins Warrington, Martinscroft, Hollins Green, Partington, Cadishead, Trafford Centre, Eccles, Salford, Manchester Shudehill
110
Warrington - Murdishaw Westbound 20 mins 30 mins Warrington, Penketh Lane Ends, Penketh, Widnes, Runcorn, Halton Lea, Murdishaw, (Whitehouse - peak only), (Windmill Hill - Sun only)
110
Warrington - Widnes Westbound 3 per hour No service Warrington, Penketh Lane Ends, Penketh, Widnes
329
Warrington - Saint Helens Northbound 30 mins 30 mins 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
CAT5
Cheshire Cat
Warrington - Lymm Southbound 120 mins No service Warrington, Stockton Heath, Cobbs Estate, Grappenhall, Thelwall, Statham, Lymm
7
Warrington - Liverpool Westbound 60 mins 60 mins Warrington, Penketh, Cronton, Huyton, Broadgreen, Edge Hill, Liverpool
CAT8
Cheshire Cat
Warrington - Appleton Thorn Southbound 120 mins No service Warrington, Stockton Heath, Cobbs Estate, Appleton Thorn
15E
Warrington - Sankey Westbound 60 mins No service Warrington, Hood Manor, Sankey Station, Lingley Green
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
22A
Warrington - Earlestown - Wigan Northbound 60 mins No service Warrington, Winwick Road, Orford Park Centre, Winwick, Newton-le-Willows, Earlestown, Newton-le-Willows, Golborne, Abram, Platt Bridge, Wigan
26E
Warrington - Cinnamon Brow Eastbound 60 mins No service Warrington, Winwick Road, Longford, Orford, Cinnamon Brow
27E
Warrington - Cinnamon Brow Eastbound 60 mins No service 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, Tannery Lane
110
Warrington - Widnes Westbound 2 trips No service Warrington, Penketh Lane Ends, Penketh, Widnes
Notes:
  • First buses are those leaving either Wilderspool Depot (in the case of Warrington's Own Buses) 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's Own Buses
  • 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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