We’re pretty hot on public transport here in Manchester, and now there could be a brand new train station added to the network in Golborne. Golborne in Wigan is a popular commuter area into Manchester, and now Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has opened the public consultation for the community to give their thoughts.
TfGM is working with Wigan Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to deliver the new Golborne train station, the city-region’s first new railway station in more than 20 years.
The public consultation on the proposed plans for Golborne train station is now open, allowing rail users, residents and businesses to give their opinions on the scheme to ensure that local views are considered before a final business case is submitted to government.
The consultation will gather views on the proposed design of the station facilities and its links to the local area, alongside people’s potential future use of the station. It will seek feedback on the following:
- Location of proposed new eastern access to Golborne town centre
- Facilities within the station
- Accessibility for all station users
- Car park improvements
- Walking, cycling and other active travel measures
The ambitious plans form a key part of the Bee Network – Greater Manchester’s vision for a joined-up London-style public transport system – and the scheme forms part of significant investment locally to support GMCA’s ambitions to make local rail an integral part of the Bee Network by 2030.
TfGM’s Head of Rail, Simon Elliott, said: “Greater Manchester’s exciting plans for Golborne station would vastly improve public transport connectivity for people in Golborne, Lowton and Leigh, as well as the broader borough of Wigan, bringing significant economic and environmental benefits.
“It also represents a crucial step forward in developing the Bee Network and realising our ambitions for local rail to form part of Greater Manchester’s integrated public transport system by 2030.
“I would encourage residents, businesses and rail users to respond to the consultation once it goes live. We are keen to hear the views from the local area.”
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “The first Bee Network buses under public control are already carrying passengers in Wigan and Bolton, with other areas across Greater Manchester joining by 2025.
“By 2030 we want local rail services to be part of the Bee Network too and having a new station Golborne will mean that people in the area will be able to enjoy the better connectivity and all the opportunities that would bring.”
Member of the public can have their say by visiting the consultation hub online here, and physical copies of the consultation will be available at a series of drop-in sessions, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0161 244 1000.
Public drop-in sessions will be held at:
Golborne Library on Wednesday 10 January between 10am – 1pm
Golborne Sports and Social Club on Wednesday 24 January between 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Parkside Sports and Community Club on Thursday 8 February between 6pm – 9pm