Warrington Central railway station

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Warrington Central National Rail
Warrington Central station - geograph.org.uk - 1082813.jpg
First TransPennine Express Class 185 Desiro unit no. 185140 calls at Warrington Central with a service from Liverpool Lime Street to Scarborough in December 2008
Place Warrington
Local authority Warrington
Coordinates 53°23′30″N 2°35′35″W / 53.3918°N 2.5930°W / 53.3918; -2.5930Coordinates: 53°23′30″N 2°35′35″W / 53.3918°N 2.5930°W / 53.3918; -2.5930
Grid reference SJ606885
Station code WAC
Managed by First TransPennine Express
Number of platforms 2
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 0.444 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.399 million
2006/07 Increase 0.969 million
2007/08 Decrease 0.869 million
2008/09 Increase 0.878 million
2009/10 Increase 1.007 million
2010/11 Increase 1.406 million
2011/12 Increase 1.526 million
2012/13 Increase 1.593 million
2013/14 Increase 1.661 million
Key dates Opened circa 1873 (circa 1873)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Warrington Central from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Warrington Central railway station is one of two main railway stations serving the town of Warrington in the north-west of England. It is located on the southern route of the Liverpool to Manchester Line (the former Cheshire Lines Committee route between Liverpool and Manchester), and is situated around halfway between the two cities. Central station is used by stopping trains between Liverpool and Manchester, and express services between Liverpool and the North East or between Liverpool and East Anglia.

The other station serving the town centre is Warrington Bank Quay, which has services to London, Birmingham and Scotland.


Warrington Central station in 2004

The main station building faces away from the town and is of a classical style with some polychrome brickwork. Most of it is rented out to small businesses, the booking office and other facilities having been relocated to a modern building at a lower level. From street level, passengers climb six steps or a short ramp to reach the booking office, and climb further steps to the platforms. Disabled passengers can now easily access both platforms as lifts were installed in June 2008, making Warrington Central fully accessible for the first time.

The station has a customer service office, toilets, waiting rooms, a newsagent and a coffee stall. The entrance building was enlarged and modernised in 2010–11.

Outside there is a car park and a taxi rank. The station is located close to Warrington Bus Interchange.

The adjoining Cheshire Lines Warehouse (a listed building) has been redeveloped as apartments, along with six new apartment blocks.


There are eight trains an hour passing through Warrington Central.

Northern Rail operate two suburban stopping services per hour to Liverpool Lime Street via Widnes and two suburban stopper services per hour towards Manchester Oxford Road via Irlam. Late services also terminate at Warrington from either Manchester or Liverpool.

First TransPennine Express operate an hourly service to Liverpool Lime Street via Liverpool South Parkway and an hourly express service towards Scarborough via Leeds and York. There are also daily services to/from Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Hull (all via Leeds). Late services run short to York only.

East Midlands Trains operate an hourly service to Liverpool Lime Street calling at Widnes and Liverpool South Parkway only and an hourly express service to Norwich via Sheffield and Nottingham. Late services run to Nottingham only.

Note on usage statistics[edit]

The apparent large increase in passenger numbers from 2005–6 to 2006–7 is largely due to a change in the way the statistics were compiled. See [1]. Passengers booking to/from "Warrington Stations" rather than a specific station were allocated differently between the two main Warrington stations with the result that usage at Central apparently increased at the expense of Bank Quay. Total passenger numbers at the two Warrington stations increased by about 8% between 2005–6 and 2006-7.

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Liverpool South Parkway   First TransPennine Express
North TransPennine
Sankey or
  Northern Rail
Liverpool to Manchester Line
  Padgate or
Widnes   East Midlands Trains
Liverpool – Norwich
  Manchester Oxford Road
or Birchwood