|Managed by||Northern Trains|
|Classification||DfT category F1|
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
Blackrod railway station serves the village of Blackrod, England, 6.5 miles (10 km ) north west of Bolton railway station. It is just 1+1⁄4 miles (2.0 km) from the town centre of Horwich - closer than Horwich Parkway station.
It lies on the Manchester-Preston Line and is served by Northern Trains, who run local stopping trains between Manchester Victoria and Preston. Manchester Airport & Hazel Grove to Blackpool North expresses also serve the station at peak times. Despite its high passenger usage and the recent refurbishment (see below) the station is currently unstaffed. A drop in passenger usage in the year 2017/18 is largely due to industrial action and engineering works.
The station was opened on 4 February 1841 as Horwich Road by the Manchester and Bolton Railway. It was renamed Horwich and Blackrod, then Horwich Junction, then Horwich and Blackrod junction, and finally Blackrod in 1888 
Blackrod was once the junction for a short branch to serve the original Horwich station (closed to passengers on 27 September 1965) and Horwich Locomotive Works (sold in 1988, after which the line was closed and lifted). Until the 1980s, Blackrod had a poor frequency of service, but for many years it has been a popular commuter station.
The station had until recently a signal box, the only one on the entire Manchester to Preston route. This had outlasted the others as it acted as the 'fringe' to both the Manchester Piccadilly signalling centre and Preston PSB. The train description system used in the Preston installation was incompatible with that installed at Piccadilly so the signaller at Blackrod had to transfer train data manually from one system to the other as each one passed through his/her control area. A similar situation existed at Bromley Cross on the Bolton to Blackburn line, where the two control areas also overlap.
Network Rail announced in May 2012 that the box was due to be abolished in January 2013, with control passing to the Piccadilly signalling centre. This is part of a programme of signalling renewals associated with the planned electrification of the Manchester-Preston line (due for completion in 2016). The box was duly decommissioned on 10 February 2013 and subsequently demolished.
Over one million pounds' worth of improvements to the station (including the removal of the footbridge shown in the photo and its replacement with step-free access ramps) were completed in November 2012.
A ticket vending machine is in place for purchase of tickets or promise to pay coupons and for the collection of pre-paid tickets. Digital station information boards are in operation on both platforms along public announcements. Car parking is available. Both platforms have step-free access via ramps from Station Road. The signal box is not in use any more.
There is currently an hourly daytime service (including Sundays) to Manchester Victoria southbound and to Preston northbound.
Through services to Blackpool North northbound and to Manchester Piccadilly and beyond call at peak periods and in the evenings, when the Manchester Victoria service doesn't operate. On Sundays, there is an hourly all-day service to Blackpool North and Manchester Airport.
Saturday and Sunday services were replaced by buses most weekends from May 2015 until November 2018 due to the late-running electrification work on the route. Weekend services resumed on Sunday 11 November 2018 after the completion of the electrification engineering work.
It was announced by the Department for Transport in December 2009, the line between Preston and Manchester, on which the station is situated, will be electrified which should reduce journey times to Manchester by up to ten minutes. There have been many delays but completion is expected before December 2018.
Electric service commenced on 11 February 2019, initially utilising Class 319 electric multiple units.
A new timetable was introduced in May 2019 featuring new electric trains and shorter journey times; daytime services run hourly between Preston and Manchester Victoria with evening and additional peak services running between Blackpool North and Manchester Piccadilly and onwards to Manchester Airport or Hazel Grove. Initially all services utilised Class 319 electric multiple units. From December 2019, services between Blackpool North and Manchester Piccadilly and onwards to Manchester Airport or Hazel Grove and most Sunday services utilise Class 331 electric multiple units.
Saturday services will be similar to weekday services with all evening services after 22:00 extending to Manchester Airport.
Sunday services extend to Blackpool North with some early morning and late night services running to/from Manchester Airport.