This small train station serves Bromley Cross, a residential area in Bolton. It is a charming station with historic features, including a 19th-century signal box, station clock, and waiting room.
Services from this station include trains to Clitheroe, Rochdale, and Blackburn.
Station facilities include a staffed ticket office with limited opening times, where passengers can purchase tickets, inquire about travel information, and seek assistance. It has limited opening hours.
Electronic displays show live arrival and departure times. Printed train times are displayed on boards.
A ticket machine is available for passengers to purchase tickets or collect pre-paid and advance purchase tickets outside manned hours. Passengers can also buy tickets online.
It’s a small station, so there are no toilets or places to eat and drink here.
The station has two platforms:
- Platform 1 – For trains towards Bolton and Manchester.
- Platform 2 – For trains towards Blackburn and Clitheroe.
Each platform has shelters and seating.
Both platforms are fully accessible for disabled travellers, featuring step-free access. When station staff is available, they can assist passengers with disabilities.
Location and Parking
The station is on Chapeltown Road (postcode BL7 9AG), opposite Turton School and the former Railway pub.
The main station car park is relatively large and can accommodate over 70 vehicles. There’s also an overflow car park opposite the station, next to Turton School and Turton Sports Centre. Parking is free for rail users. Cycle storage is also available.
Jumbles Country Park is nearby. Exit the station on the eastern side to reach it and walk up Grange Road. This road takes you to the path on the reservoir’s western side. Alternatively, after a third of a mile, turn right and join the walk around Jumbles Reservoir.
The station is also close to the Last Drop Village. Turton Tower is just over a mile from the station.
History of Bromley Cross Train Station
Bromley Cross Train Station was opened in 1848 by the Blackburn, Darwen, and Bolton Railway. The first station building was a simple timber structure.
The current station building was built in 1859, a year after the railway became part of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. It was constructed with locally quarried sandstone.
Over the years, the station has undergone various changes, including platform height adjustments, goods yard expansions, and the addition of a waiting room.
The station clock was installed in the early 1900s and is still hand-wound weekly.
A road level crossing here closed in the 1960s. A pedestrian crossing over the tracks still stands.
The 1875 signal box, the 1859 station building, and the original low-level platform from 1848 were designated as Grade II listed in 2015, highlighting the station’s historical significance.
Today, Bromley Cross Train Station continues to serve as an essential transport hub, connecting the community with the rich heritage of the railway.