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Warrington Central railway station is one of two main railway stations serving the town of Warringtonmarker in the north-west of Englandmarker. It is located on the southern route of the Liverpool to Manchester Line (the former Cheshire Lines Committee route between Liverpoolmarker and Manchestermarker), 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 Quaymarker, which has services to Londonmarker, Birminghammarker and Scotlandmarker.

The Station building

The main station building faces away from the town and is of a classical style with some polychromatic 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 ever.

The station has a customer service office, toilets, waiting rooms, a newsagent, and early in 2009 a coffee stall started operating. Proposals were made in late 2009 for a new enlarged entrance.

Outside there is a car park and a taxi rank. The station is located close to Warrington Bus Interchangemarker.On Sundays the local authority car park opposite the station is free of charge.

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

Service Information

There are eight trains an hour passing through Central station (as it is known to locals).

Northern Rail operate two suburban stopper 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 non-stop service to Liverpool Lime Street and an hourly express service towards Scarborough via Leeds and York. There are also daily services to 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 Nottingham. Late services run to Nottingham only.

Services

Note on usage statistics

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 [185352]. 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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