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Bolton railway station is the principal railway station in the town of Boltonmarker, Greater Manchestermarker, Englandmarker. It is located on the Manchester spur of the West Coast Main Linemarker and is managed by Northern Rail. The station is 11ΒΌ miles (18 km) north west of Manchester Piccadillymarker.

The station is also served by the Ribble Valley Line, a local line running north to Blackburnmarker and Clitheroemarker, services from Wigan Wallgatemarker, as well as an important point on the Manchester-Preston Line, used by commuters.

Recent timetables provide a convenient connection (although a platform change must be made which is not possible for wheelchair users) at Hindley (Wigan, Kirkby and Southport bound trains from Bolton) for certain stations on the Atherton line (Daisy Hill, Hag Fold, Atherton and Walkden).

The station was originally called Bolton Trinity Street to differentiate it from Bolton Great Moor Street stationmarker which closed in 1954. It was also known as "Bridgeman Street Station" and "Bradford Square Station".

The entrance and ticket office are at street level, at which there is a bus interchange. A walkway leads to the platforms which are in a cutting. The main island platform has a buffet.

The original main station building was demolished in the 1980s, but the Victorian buildings survive on the platforms. The clock tower was dismantled and rebuilt next to the new station.


The first station here opened as long ago as 1838 , when the Manchester and Bolton Railway completed its route from Salford Centralmarker (extended through to Manchester Victoriamarker in 1843). This line was then extended to Prestonmarker by the Bolton & Preston Railway in 1841. The route northwards to Blackburnmarker followed four years later, whilst the Liverpool and Bury Railway's arrival in 1848 gave the town links eastward to Burymarker & Rochdalemarker and westwards to Wiganmarker & Liverpoolmarker. These lines had all become part of the expanding Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway system by 1858.

The network of routes radiating from here have remained largely unchanged to this day, the one notable loss being the line to Rochdale which was closed on 5 October 1970 . Through trains to Liverpool ended in 1977 with the closure of Liverpool Exchange, but the line to Wigan remains open.

Trains to Manchester Piccadillymarker and beyond began running in May 1988 with the opening of the Windsor Linkmarker.


From 2005 into 2006, part of the station and its surrounding area underwent major refurbishment.The walkway between the ticket office and platforms was modernised along with the station lifts and stairs.

The Bolton Interchange which serves as a direct connection between Bus and Rail to certain districts of Bolton was rebuilt, incorporating a taxi rank. The bridge connecting Newport Street with the rest of the town centre was also rebuilt, along with a large arc, which is clearly noticeable in the Bolton skyline.

A proposal to refurbish the station toilets, waiting rooms, ticket office and platforms has been rejected several times due to lack of funds.


There are frequent services to both main Manchester stations provided by both Northern Rail and First TransPennine Express. Some of the services to Manchester Victoriamarker continue eastward to Rochdale, whilst those to Piccadilly mainly run to either Hazel Grovemarker or Manchester Airportmarker. There are three trains an hour to Wiganmarker for much of the day, with hourly extensions to Southportmarker plus two trains an hour to Blackpool Northmarker via Preston and an hourly service to Blackburn and Clitheroemarker (with extras at peak periods).

TransPennine Express also operate through services from here to Barrow-in-Furnessmarker (two-hourly), Windermeremarker (limited service), Glasgowmarker (three trains per day) and Edinburgh Waverleymarker (four trains per day). There was also a single service to and from Glasgow operated by Virgin Trains in the 2007-08 timetable, but this ended in December 2008.

Most routes have an hourly service on Sundays, although there is only a limited service to and from Scotland. Services on the Southport line run through to and (every second hour) to .



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