Horwich Parkway
National Rail
Horwich Parkway seen prior to electrification
LocationHorwich, Bolton
Grid referenceSD643091
Managed byTransport for Greater Manchester
Other information
Station codeHWI
ClassificationDfT category F1
Original companyRailtrack
Key dates
2 July 1999 (1999-07-02)Station opened
2015/16Decrease 0.600 million
2016/17Increase 0.639 million
2017/18Decrease 0.580 million
2018/19Steady 0.580 million
2019/20Increase 0.673 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Horwich Parkway is a railway station serving the town of Horwich and Middlebrook near Bolton, in Greater Manchester, England. Located within the historic county of Lancashire the station is 16+14 miles (26.2 km) north west of Manchester Piccadilly on the Manchester to Preston commuter line. The station is close to Junction 6 of the M61 motorway which adds to its convenience as a park and ride railway station. It has digital information displays.

Rail services are operated by Northern Trains. Horwich Parkway opened on 2 July 1999. It is the only railway station owned and managed by TfGM. A ticket office was built in 2007 and car parking provision has been expanded on several occasions. A wind turbine was built in 2012 and the station is powered by green energy. Horwich Parkway is the railway station for the University of Bolton Stadium, home of Bolton Wanderers F.C. and the Middlebrook shopping, leisure and business complex.

Passengers visiting Horwich should be aware that the town centre of Horwich is much closer (1¼ miles) to Blackrod, the next station on the line.

On 1st February 2021, management of the station was transferred from Northern Trains to Transport for Greater Manchester.


The station has a ticket office on Platform 1, which is open Monday-Saturday 06:20-19:35. A ticket vending machine is in place for purchase of tickets or promise to pay coupons when the ticket office is closed and for the collection of pre-paid tickets. Digital station information boards are in operation on both platforms. Car parking is available adjacent to the ticket office.


The station in 2018, following completion of electrification works.
The station in 2018, following completion of electrification works.

Northern Trains: there are three trains per hour Monday to Saturdays, northbound to Preston with two extending to Blackpool North and southbound to Bolton, with trains running either to Manchester Airport/Hazel Grove via Manchester Piccadilly or Manchester Victoria (though direct trains to the latter cease after 20:00).[1]

The delayed electrification work on the Manchester to Preston line (running two years behind schedule) led to a temporary reduction in service frequency here from the start of the summer 2018 timetable, along with regular weekend engineering blockades and replacement buses in place of the scheduled train service.[2] Weekend services resumed on Sunday 11 November 2018 after the completion of the engineering work after more than three years of regular weekend possessions.

On Sundays there are two trains per hour to Blackpool North and one per hour each to Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria.

First TransPennine Express used to run the service from Manchester Airport to Blackpool North but this was passed on to the new Northern franchise on 1 April 2016.

Electric service commenced on 11 February 2019 utilising Class 319 electric multiple units.[3]

See also

Further reading


  1. ^ Table 82 National Rail timetable, May 2019
  2. ^ Manchester - Bolton - Preston route improvement works Archived 30 July 2018 at the Wayback MachineNorthern website news article; Retrieved 2 August 2018
  3. ^ McDonnell, Seamus (14 February 2019). "First electric trains are a 'new dawn' for Bolton commuters | The Bolton News". The Bolton News. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
Preceding station
National Rail
Following station
Blackrod   Northern Trains
Manchester-Preston Line
Chorley or Blackrod   Northern Trains
Blackpool North - Hazel Grove
Chorley   Northern Trains
Blackpool North - Manchester Airport
(limited service)

Coordinates: 53°34′41″N 2°32′24″W / 53.578°N 2.540°W / 53.578; -2.540