- Manchester to Southport Line
Manchester to Southport Line Overview System National Rail Status Operational Locale North West England Operation Owner Network Rail Technical Track gauge Standard gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) Manchester–Southport LineLegend Southport Merseyrail Northern Line Southport Central closed 1901 Southport Ash Street closed 1902 St Luke's Blowick to Preston Meols Cop Butts Lane Halt closed 1938 to Altcar Bescar Lane † New Lane † Burscough Bridge Burscough Curves Burscough Jct Preston–Ormskirk Hoscar † Parbold Appley Bridge Gathurst Manchester–Kirkby Line West Coast Main Line Wigan North Western Wigan Wallgate Liverpool to Wigan Line West Coast Main Line Ince † Hindley to Bolton via Westhoughton Daisy Hill Hag Fold Atherton Walkden Moorside Swinton to Bolton Salford Crescent to Liverpool Deansgate ( Deansgate-Castlefield) Salford Central † Manchester Oxford Road Manchester Piccadilly Manchester Victoria & Manchester Exchange (closed) Caldervale, Hope Valley & Oldham WCML, Huddersfield & Glossop
† NOT served by this line on Sundays
Starting at the city centre stations of Manchester Victoria (also serving Salford Central on the fringe of the City Centre) and Manchester Piccadilly (also serving Manchester Oxford Road and Deansgate). It runs in a north-westerly direction through the suburbs and centres of Salford and Wigan. It then proceeds in the same direction through the small rural villages of West Lancashire, before ending on the Irish Sea coast at the resort town of Southport.
- Southport - terminus, interchange for Merseyrail Northern Line services to south Sefton and Liverpool
- Meols Cop - suburban stop for eastern Southport
- Bescar Lane - village (cottage-style) stop for North Meols. Infrequent service.
- New Lane - village stop, also for Martin Mere. Infrequent service.
- Burscough Bridge - town stop, pedestrian interchange to Burscough Junction on Preston to Ormskirk branch line. Staffed station.
- Hoscar - village stop for Hoscar and Lathom. Infrequent service
- Parbold - for village of Parbold. Staffed station.
- Appley Bridge - suburban stop for Appley Bridge and western Wigan. Western boundary for TfGM ticketing zone
- Gathurst - suburban stop for outskirts of Wigan, serves the nearby village of Shevington
- Wigan Wallgate - main stop for town of Wigan, interchange for services to Kirkby, Bolton, Manchester Airport and Rochdale. Pedestrian interchange to Wigan North Western for national services to Birmingham, Glasgow and London.
- Ince - suburban stop for eastern Wigan. Infrequent service.
- Hindley - suburban stop for eastern Wigan. Interchange point for services to Bolton. Staffed station.
- Daisy Hill - suburban stop for Westhoughton. Staffed station.
- Hag Fold - suburban stop for Atherton. Staffed station. Infrequent service.
- Atherton - stop for town of Atherton. Staffed station.
- Walkden - stop for Walkden and Worsley. Staffed station.
- Moorside - suburban stop. Staffed station. Infrequent service.
- Swinton - stop for town of Swinton. Staffed station.
- Salford Crescent - main stop for city of Salford and the University of Salford, interchange for services to Bolton and Preston line and Ribble Valley Line services to Blackburn
- Salford Central - city centre stop serving the western fringes of Manchester city centre, the station lays just on the Manchester/Salford boundary, but Central Manchester is the area this station serves.
- Manchester Victoria - main stop for city of Manchester, and interchange for trans-pennine services and services to south Lancashire and Merseyside. Metrolink tram interchange to Manchester Piccadilly railway station for mainline intercity services.
There is ongoing feasibility into the conversion of parts of this line (Wigan - Atherton - Manchester) to operate as a Manchester Metrolink service with a higher frequency metro service for the Greater Manchester Boroughs of Wigan and Salford into the city centre. Southport and Kirkby services on this line would be diverted to operate through Wigan via Bolton and onto Manchester.
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