Proposed Railway Stations in North West

There are a number of proposed railway stations in the north west of England. To find out the latest news and developments in the north west of England click here.


Located on the Stockport-Altrincham line.


Proposed railway station between Bidston and Upton on the Borderlands railway line towards Wrexham.

Carr Mill

Carr Mill would be located between St Helens and Garswood on the Liverpool-Wigan line.


Cottam Parkway

Funded through the Transforming City Fund bid and will be located between Preston and Blackpool.

Deeside Parkway

Located between Hawarden Bridge and Neston on the Borderlands line. The proposal gained funding to develop the proposal from the third rounds of the New Stations Fund.


Located on the Crewe-Liverpool line and expected to be located on the site of the station closed in 1994.



Headbolt Lane

New railway station that will shift the interchange between Merseyrail Electrics and Northern Trains services towards Wigan. It is expected that the new Battery Electric Multiple Units will enable the line between Kirkby and Headbolt Lane to be served without requiring third rail electrification.

Kenyon Junction



Midge Hall

North Docks (Bramley Moore)



Smithdown Road


St James (Liverpool)

Located just east of Liverpool Lime Street, the proposed station is expected to be given a different name to avoid confusion with Liverpool James Street. Options that have been consulted on include Liverpool Parliament Street, Liverpool Riverside and Liverpool Baltic.

Tarbock Interchange


Town Meadow

Located on the West Kirkby branch of the Merseyrail Electrics network between Meols and Moreton.

Vauxhall (Merseyside)

Sited on the northern branch of the Merseyrail Electrics network between Sandhills and Moorfields.


This station is supported by Wirral Council with the intention that it would serve the M53. The proposal has been linked to the electrification of the Borderlands railway line between Bidston and Wrexham. It would be located between Upton and Heswall.


Proposed Railway Lines

Ambergate – Chinley

Known as the Peak and Dales railway, this line would improve connectivity between Manchester and the East Midlands. Supported by Robert Largan MP (High Peak) and Nigel Mills MP (Amber Valley).

Burscough Curves

Boost connectivity between Southport and Preston/Ormskirk by restoring one or both of the Burscough Curves. Supported by Damien Moore MP and Rosie Cooper MP.

Canada Dock line (Liverpool)

Connects the Liverpool-Manchester line with Liverpool docks. Regular services would enable stations at:

  • Anfield
  • Tuebrook
  • Edge Lane

Clitheroe – Hellifield

Provide an enhanced service above the Sunday’s only Dalesrail service, connecting services on the Ribble Valley with the Settle & Carlisle Railway. This proposal could include a railway station at Gisburn.

Fleetwood – Poulton-Le-Fylde

There are various proposals to restore this rail connection including heavy rail, light rail and a heritage railway line. Potential stations could be opened at:

  • Fleetwood
  • Thornton Cleveleys

Keswick – Penrith

Restores the railway line connecting Penrith to Keswick. This has been supported by four MPs, Trudy Harrison MP, Dr Neil Hudson MP, Mark Jenkinson MP and John Stevenson MP.


The most likely route for reconnecting Leigh to the railway network would be a brand new link from the Manchester to Newton-le-Willows railway line. Another proposal is to reuse the formation that is now utilised by the guided busway.

Liverpool Airport

Heavy rail or light rail have been put forward for any connection to the rail network.

Liverpool Wapping Tunnel

This proposal would connect the Merseyrail Electrics Northern line to the east facing city lines that currently terminate at Liverpool Lime Street. A new station has been proposed near the universities and has been named Universities (Liverpool) and Knowledge Quarter.

Manchester Airport Western Link

Proposed route to open a western approach into Manchester Airport allowing a faster route towards Chester.

Middlewich line (Northwich – Sandbach)

Connecting Middlewich to the railway network.

  • Gadbrook Park
  • Middlewich

Rossendale – Manchester

Restore regular services between Rawtenstall and Manchester using the East Lancashire Railway. It was backed by Jake Berry MP and Sara Britcliffe MP.


Silloth is located on the north Cumbrian Coast and is currently bypassed by the Cumbrian Coast line, which runs seven miles inland at this point. Workington MP Mark Jenkinson raised this bid with the Railway Minister in February 2020.


Located north of Liverpool, Skelmersdale is expected to be served by extending the Merseyrail network from Kirkby towards Skelmersdale on a new formation.

Skelton Junction line

Linking the Manchester-Warrington line at Glazebrook with the Stockport line at Timperley, this line would enable the restoration of stations at Cadishead and Partington, plus the relief of the Castlefield corridor. The bid is backed by Kate Green, Graham Brady and Barbara Keeley.

Skipton – Colne

Connecting Skipton in the Aire Valley with Colne at the top of Pendle.

The number of railway stations that would be opened has not been decided but realistic options include:

  • Earby
  • Foulridge
  • Kelbrook Parkway

Stockport – Guide Bridge/Ashton Moss

Restore a regular service on the railway line that runs through Reddish South and Denton. Two options (possibly bids) with the first being a rail service connecting Stockport to Manchester Victoria. Second option would utilise light rail vehicles and a new chord at the north end of this railway line connecting into the Metrolink network near Ashton-under-Lyne. Supported by Andrew Gwynne MP.

Infrastructure Enhancements

Mid Cheshire line

This submission is for re-doubling of the Mid Cheshire line between Stockport and Altrincham and associated undefined station reopenings. This proposal is sponsored by Mary Robinson MP.

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