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Blackrod railway station serves the village of Blackrodmarker, 6.5 miles (10 km ) north west of Bolton railway stationmarker, 1.5 miles (2 km) from the town centre of Horwichmarker - closer indeed than station.

It lies on the Manchester-Preston Line and is served primarily by local services run by Northern Rail. TransPennine Express services also serve the station at peak times. The station is currently unstaffed.


Blackrod was once the junction for a short branch to serve the original Horwich station (closed to passengers in 1965) and Horwich Locomotive Works (sold in 1988, after which the line was closed and lifted). Until the 1980s, Blackrod had a poor frequency of service, but for many years it has been a popular commuter station.

The station also has a signal box, the only one on the entire Manchester to Preston route. This has outlasted the others as it acts as the 'fringe' to both the Manchester Piccadillymarker signalling centre and Preston PSB. The train description system used in the Preston installation is incompatible with that installed at Piccadilly so the signaller at Blackrod has to transfer train data manually from one system to the other as each one passes through his/her control area. A similar situation exists at on the Bolton to Blackburn line, where the two control areas also overlap.


There is currently an hourly daytime service (including Sundays) to Manchester Victoriamarker southbound and to and northbound, with some Monday to Friday peak extras.

Services to Manchester Piccadillymarker and beyond ceased from the December 2008 timetable change, except for a small number of weekday peak period trains.


  1. BR Timetable 1973, table 96

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