This train station serves Atherton, a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan. It is also the nearest railway station to Leigh.
Services from this station include trains to Manchester Victoria, Rainford, Leeds, Wigan Wallgate, and Blackburn.
Station Facilities and Information
The station is a little dated, but it is staffed and does have a ticket office.
Other station facilities include a waiting room, ticket machines, toilets, platform lifts, and cycle parking. Electronic displays show live departure and arrival times.
There are two platforms:
- Platform 1: Trains towards Manchester
- Platform 2: Trains towards Wigan
A lift offers access to both platforms, ensuring wheelchair users and that those with mobility challenges can access trains.
In addition, the station has tactile paving along the entire length of both platforms. This feature is beneficial for visually impaired individuals, allowing them to navigate the platforms safely and with confidence.
These enhancements underscore Atherton Railway Station’s commitment to creating an inclusive environment for all travellers.
Location of Atherton Station, Parking, Onward Travel
Atherton Train Station is on Upton Road in Atherton (postcode M46 9RH). There’s a car park opposite the main station entrance. Parking is free for rail passengers.
The station is around 1/2 mile from Atherton town centre.
Buses stopping near the station include:
- 582 – Bus route from Bolton Bus Station to Leigh.
- 583 – Buses from Leigh to Tyldesley.
Adjacent stations on the line are Hag Fold and Walkden.
The station opened in 1888. It was initially named Atherton Central to differentiate it from Atherton Bag Lane (now closed).