A lot cleaner than the old station. By the late 60s it was badly run down.
Comment by DTease on 22nd April 2018 at 08:59
They should write under that 'Please excuse the state the town's in, we didn't have time to tidy up'
Comment by Bradshaws Girl on 22nd April 2018 at 09:08
Brilliant photo. For my sins I now live in St Helens and I love coming to Wigan on the train and seeing this sign from the top of the steps.
Comment by PeterP on 22nd April 2018 at 09:25
Unless the station as improved in looks the sign is apt pointing to the toilets.
Comment by Johnny on 22nd April 2018 at 09:39
A bit boring this sign!
Underneath should be written
"Home of the meat pie"
This would really make the thousands of visitors each year feel welcome!
Comment by Poet on 22nd April 2018 at 10:09
"Wom tut myet un perata pie " .
What would visitors make of that Johnny?
Comment by Philip Gormley. on 22nd April 2018 at 11:31
One man's meat ..., but surely white lettering on a maroon background would have been the choice of most rail users.
I wouldn't be surprised if someone at HQ had said "I know, sir, let's try black lettering on a white background, for a change."
The plain white panel seems to add chill to the ... welcome sign, above.
Comment by irene roberts on 22nd April 2018 at 12:35
I think "Hello and Welcome to Wigan" would have added a bit of friendliness and warmth, more in keeping with Wigan people. But at least we've been spared "Hi" or "Have a Nice Day", thank heaven!
Comment by Alb on 22nd April 2018 at 13:57
What a soulless place. Looks like that rail staff jobsworth is keeping his beady eye on you as if taking photos is a criminal act (well the way our world is going it soon will be). And it won't be long til they'll be rolling out those cattle herding style turnstile barriers here like every other station, so called to stop fare dodgers (what's wrong with having ticket inspectors doing their job?), so all that rail travel romanticism like you see in those old films where you see your loved one on the train before it departs will be a thing of the past, and instead we'll be made to suffer with ticket barriers, or worse to come, it'll be biometric scanners where it reads your fingerprints.
Then there's the CCTV. Its strange that the govt dosent have money to help the homeless, help people in property, etc, yet have money when it comes to the Orwellian agenda. I wouldn't use the toilets here as they have CCTV in them, well the last time I went in there.
Comment by britboy on 22nd April 2018 at 16:59
Welcome to Wigan
Home of the Pie Eaters
Comment by Veronica on 22nd April 2018 at 19:04
Welcome to Wigan
Home of Rugby .....,,and Mint Balls
Comment by Ticsmon on 23rd April 2018 at 19:19
'Home of Rugby'. Not according to the section of the OS map on the platforms.
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