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New Sunday Trains from Wigan to Manchester
Friday 21st May, 2010

New Sunday Trains from Wigan to Manchester
A typical 'walking distance' sign, at Hindley Railway Station - part of the council's strategy to promote alternatives to car use.

There’s no need to ‘mind the gap’ in train services to Wigan any more, because from this Sunday, there will be a brand new link into Manchester.

The service is operated by Northern Rail and funded by Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority (GMITA). Hourly trains running from Wigan Wallgate to Manchester Victoria starting at 9.17am, going via Hindley, Hag Fold and Atherton, with the last departure from Wigan at 5.17pm. Trains from Manchester Victoria start at 10.09am and run hourly to Wallgate until 6.12pm.

Former Mayor of Wigan Cllr Mark Aldred is a member of the GMITA and was a key supporter of this link into his own ward. Wigan’s new Mayor, Cllr Mike Winstanley, is also a member of GMITA and will be on board for the new train service this Sunday.

The service also brings trains to Hindley and, outside the borough, Walkden once again on Sundays, as the chair of GMITA and councillor in Manchester, Keith Whitmore, explains: “After detailed discussions with Northern Rail, we are pleased to be able to announce that we have agreed to fund Sunday rail travel on the Atherton line.”

There is already a Wigan to Manchester Piccadilly service, operating on a different line, which will remain. GMITA hopes that the effective doubling of Sunday services between Wigan and Manchester will benefit a widening group of rail travellers and make the wider region available via rail on a Sunday for the first time for passengers on this line. The message for the new service is ‘use it or lose it’.

Gillian Bishop, executive director of environmental services, says: “The council welcomes this new service and is keen to see it succeed. It will enable better access to leisure facilities and recreation, including attractive outdoor locations such as the Wigan Flashes and Borsdane Wood which are within minutes of local stations.”

Trains will operate for a trial period of 12 months. The service will initially be supported for one year and will then be reviewed to determine whether subsidies will continue beyond May 2011.
From Wallgate:

  • Wallgate dep 09.17 and hourly to 17.17

  • Hindley 09.22 and hourly to 17.22

  • Hag Fold 09.29 and hourly to 17.29

  • Atherton 09.31 and hourly to 17.31

  • Victoria arr 09.57 and hourly to 17.57

From Manchester:
  • Victoria dep 10.09 11.12 12.16 13.12 and hourly to 18.12

  • Atherton 10.35 11.35 12.39 13.35 and hourly to 18.35

  • Hag Fold 10.37 11.37 12.41 13.37 and hourly to 18.37

  • Hindley 10.45 11.45 12.49 13.45 and hourly to 18.45

  • Wallgate arr 10.54 11.54 12.58 13.54 and hourly to 18.54

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