Atherton Train Station

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 Headbolt Lane, Wigan Wallgate, Blackburn, and Leeds.

View of Atherton Train Station from Upton Road
View from Upton Road

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
Platforms and canopy at Atherton Train Station
Platforms and canopy


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.

Car park at Atherton Train Station
Car park

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).


Map showing location of Atherton Train Station.

Map showing location of Atherton Train Station


Atherton Train Station

Address and postcode
Upton Road
Greater Manchester
United Kingdom
M46 9RH