Westhoughton Train Station

This small station is one of two serving the Westhoughton area of Bolton (the other is Daisy Hill Train Station).

In recent years, the Friends of Westhoughton Station has transformed it into one of the most attractive train stations in North West England. The volunteer group has cleared away rubbish, planted flower beds, and installed ornaments, statues and artwork. It’s well worth visiting to see the improvements that have been made.

Services from this station include trains to Southport, Manchester Oxford Road, and Stalybridge.

Station master and flower beds at the entrance to the northern platform of Westhoughton Train Station
Station master and flower beds at the entrance to the northern platform

Station Information and Facilities

The station is unstaffed and has no toilets or luggage storage.

Train tickets can be purchased from the self-service ticket machines. Electronic screens offer live arrival and departure times. 

The station has two platforms:

  • Platform 1: Manchester and Bolton platform
  • Platform 2: Wigan platform

There are no shops or food and drink outlets at the station. Shops can be found nearby on Church Street.

Other station facilities include passenger shelters, benches, and cycle racks.

An upgrade and electrification to the railway line, including a Westhoughton Station upgrade, is scheduled for completion in 2024. These improvements should cut journey times and improve the reliability of services.

Video Tour

Video tour of Westhoughton Train Station


The station does not offer good accessibility. Access to both platforms is limited. Platform 1 can only be accessed by steps. Platform 2 can be reached by a ramp, but it is quite steep.

No staff are available at the station to assist.

Westhoughton Train Station, Bolton
Westhoughton Train Station

Location of Westhoughton Train Station, Onward Travel

Westhoughton Station is situated on Church Street. It is around 1/3 mile north of Westhoughton town centre.

The car park is accessed from Trackside Approach (postcode BL5 3NG), a side road just north of the station entrance.

Car park at Westhoughton Train Station in Bolton
Car park
Platform at Westhoughton Train Station - Friends of Westhoughton Train Station
A friendly greeting on the southern platform

Several buses stop near the station, linking the station to Westhoughton town centre and other areas. They include:

  • 520 – Bolton Bus Station to Westhoughton.
  • 516 – Horwich to Leigh – Stops include Middlebrook, Wingates, Westhoughton, Daisy Hill and Atherton.

There is no taxi rank here. Taxis must be booked in advance.

Adjacent stations on the line are Bolton and Hindley.


Map showing location of Westhoughton Train Station.

Map showing location of Westhoughton Train Station


Westhoughton Train Station

Church Street, Westhoughton
Greater Manchester
United Kingdom