Horwich Parkway is a small train station serving Horwich near Bolton. Close to Junction 6 of the M61 and boasting a large car park, it is a popular station for commuters working in Manchester.
The station also serves the Middlebrook retail and leisure park (shops, Hollywood Bowl, Vue cinema etc.) and the Toughsheet Community Stadium (the home ground of Bolton Wanderers – formerly known as the University of Bolton/Macron/Reebok Stadium).
Services from this station include trains to Blackpool North, and Manchester Airport.
Destinations easily reached from here include Manchester Piccadilly. This station is the busiest in North West England and offers onward travel to most UK cities.
The station offers a good range of facilities. The ticket office on Platform 1 is open Monday to Saturday. Staff can provide helpful travel tips and information regarding timetables, ticket booking and options, and journey planning.
Ticket machines are also available for those who prefer the convenience of self-service. Machines accept cash and card payments.
Electronic displays show live train arrival and departure times.
The waiting room offers comfortable seating for passengers waiting for their train. Furthermore, there are toilets and a baby changing area. CCTV is located throughout the station, providing extra security for passengers.
The station does not offer luggage storage, nor a shop or cafe. Middlebrook is nearby and boasts many shops and places to eat and drink.
Overall, the station offers good facilities to ensure passengers are comfortable and well-informed before departure.
Horwich Parkway is an accessible station providing step-free access to both platforms via ramps. Tactile paving runs along the entire length of both platforms.
The station car park also provides accessible parking spaces, allowing disabled passengers to park nearby and easily access the station.
Location, Parking, and Local Transport Information
Horwich Parkway Station is at Middlebrook in Horwich, Bolton (postcode BL6 6LB).
One of its main advantages is the ease with which it can be accessed from Junction 6 of the M61 motorway,
Middlebrook and the Toughsheet Community Stadium are within easy walking distance. Attractions at Middlebrook include the Vue Cinema and Hollywood Bowl. It also offers shops such as Asda and M&S.
The station offers a large car park with 250 spaces for travellers arriving by car. Parking is provided free of charge for railway users.
The station also provides bike storage stands. This facility enables people to cycle to the station, securely store their bikes, and then continue their journey by train.
There is a bus stop outside the station entrance. Local bus services from here include the 127 to Chorley via Blackrod and Adlington.
History of Horwich Parkway
The station opened in 1999, shortly after the opening of Middlebrook and the football stadium.
The railway line here was electrified in 2019.