Blackrod Station is a small station serving Blackrod, a small village near Bolton.
The station is unstaffed but well-kept and modern, benefiting from a million-pound improvement project in 2012. Station facilities include shelters, benches, customer help points, cycle racks and lockers. Electronic displays show live departures, arrivals, and timetable changes.
There is no ticket office here. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket machine. They can also be booked in advance online.
The station has two platforms:
- Platform 1 – For trains towards Preston and Blackpool.
- Platform 2 – For trains towards Bolton and Manchester.
Accessibility features include step-free access ramps to both platforms.
Blackrod Station Tour
The video below shows the key features of the station. It was shot in 2020.
Location, Parking, Onward Travel
The station is on Station Road in Blackrod, adjacent to the excellent Rivington Pub & Grill (formerly the Ridgway Arms). The station doesn’t have its own postcode. However, users of satellite navigation systems can use the pub postcode (BL6 5JF) to find it.
There’s a reasonably large car park next to the station. Parking is free for rail passengers. The station also has a drop-off zone and a small waiting area.
Buses from the station include the 575 from Bolton to Wigan. Stops on the route include Horwich, Blackrod, and Aspull.
History of Blackrod Train Station
The station opened in 1841. It was initially named Horwich Junction. The line here was electrified in 2019.