Golborne is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, in Greater Manchester. It lies 5.4 miles south-southeast of Wigan, 6.1 miles northeast of Warrington and 13.8 miles to the west of the city of Manchester. Combined with the neighbouring town of Lowton, it has a population of 24,041. (Source: Wikipedia.)

Passenger services to Golborne South station, situated on the West Coast Main Line between Warrington and Wigan, ceased in 1961 and the station closed completely in 1967.

Today, the only passenger trains passing through the site of the former station are a single evening Northern Trains service between Newton-le-Willows and Wigan North Western (see below), and Avanti West Coast services operating between London Euston and Glasgow / Edinburgh. This may hinder the proposed reinstatement of Golborne station – see Beeching Reversal – Reopening Golborne Railway Station on The Anonymous Widower website.

At peak times there is also a limited local service [from Newton-le-Willows] to Manchester Victoria and a single evening train to Wigan North Western via the Parkside West curve (a balancing service from there runs in the morning).

Source: Newton-le-Willows railway station – Wikipedia.
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Map showing location of proposed Kenyon Junction and Golborne stations

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The promoter (almost certainly Transport for Greater Manchester) of a scheme to reopen Golborne station submitted a proposal to the Department for Transport Restoring Your Railway Fund, Round 2. An award from this fund enables a scheme promoter to make progress towards developing a business case. At at 18 October 2020, the DfT has not yet announced the successful Round 2 submissions.
Scheme promoter: Transport for Greater Manchester (unconfirmed).
Sponsoring MP: James Grundy.
Supporters: Golborne and Lowton West ward councillors Susan Gambles, Yvonne Klieve and Gena Merrett; Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham will attend the meeting along with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) officers at Golborne Sports and Social Club. […] A previous bid to open the station in 2008 was supported by Wigan Council and former Leigh MP Mr Burnham but funding was not secured for the plans. […] TfGM carried out undertake a feasibility study to see if the station could be re-opened with results due out later this year. Mr Burnham is backing the campaign to improve public transport in the area and reduce road congestion and air pollution.

Source: Plans to reopen Golborne railway station to be discussed at public meeting, by James Mutch, on Leigh Journal website (January 2020).

Overview of Greater Manchester reopening schemes

Read about Gamesley station Read about the Rose Hill Marple – Hazel Grove line Read about Golburne station Read about Kenyon Junction station Read about the Altrincham – Stockport line Read about the Glazebrook Junction – Skelton Junction line Read about the East Didsbury – Stockport line Read about the Manchester Victoria – Ashton – Stockport line Read about the Oldham Mumps – Greenfield line Read about the Bury – Heywood – Rochdale line Read about the Bury – Rawtenstall line Read about the Bolton – Bury line Read about the Bolton – Radcliffe line Read about the Bolton – Walkden line

Further reading

Beeching Reversal – Reopening Golborne Railway Station, on The Anonymous Widower website

Case for Golborne Station to reopen is “very positive”, on Lowton and Golborne News website (August 2020)

Golborne South railway station – Wikipedia

Plans to reopen Golborne railway station to be discussed at public meeting, by James Mutch, on Leigh Journal website (January 2020)