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.

Baguley

Located on the Stockport-Altrincham line.

Beechwood

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.

Coppull

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.

Ditton

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

Golborne

Grayrigg

Kenyon Junction

Lache

Ledsham

Midge Hall

North Docks (Bramley Moore)

Portsmouth

Shap

Smithdown Road

Speke

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

Tarporley

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.

Woodchurch

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.

Wythenshawe

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.

Leigh

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

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.

Skelmersdale

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.

3 comments

  1. I understand that one of the benefits of connecting Skipton to Colne is the usage of this new line for the Drax Power Station a much quicker route. Essential for passengers to travel between Manchester and Skipton.
    Track bed in only needs two bridges which is not insurmountable as been under Network Rail discussion long enough.

    1. Good morning Brian

      One of the benefits of a restored route between Skipton and Colne is that it could be used by Liverpool-Drax freight trains. The problem with this is that there are other pinchpoints that trains would need to tackle particularly around Leeds station. The paths released by the coal trains over the Settle and Carlisle have been used up to support changes to rail services. Our power generation sector is also relatively fast moving. We dropped coal very quickly and the coal trains that used to run across the country have virtually disappeared. I am not sure if the wood pellets currently supplying Drax have that much longevity.

      Using the existing corridor requires at least four major formation blockers to be managed. Bridges will be required across the River Aire near Skipton, across the Leeds-Liverpool canal at Foulridge and Vivary Way dual carriageway just north of Colne station. Something major (potentially a route diversion) will be required to cross the A56 at Earby as level crossings across a busy road will not be acceptable on a railway line developed today.

      It is a big project, requiring a substantial investment to restore a route that has not been used for more than five decades. It needs a really good business case and my personal impression is that it is not getting to that point when engaging national government.

  2. Yes a new station within the Liverpool Airport area is a must, thereby transforming the travel times and connectivity for passengers flying from /to the NWest and also connecting Speke to the city centre rather than using the bus service via Liverpool South Parkway approx 3 miles away.

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