Station Name: BICKERSHAW & ABRAM

 

[Source: Paul Wright]



Date opened: 1.4.1884
Location: South side of Bickershaw Lane (B5237)
Company on opening: Manchester Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway
Date closed to passengers: 2.11.1964
Date closed completely: 2.11.1964
Company on closing: British Railways (London Midland Region)
Present state: Demolished - a single surviving gate post is the only evidence of the station.
County: Lancashire
OS Grid Ref: SD618022
Date of visit: 3.1.2006

Notes: Bickershaw and Abram Station opened along with 6 other stations on the Wigan Joint Railway in 1884. The line had been the promoted by the Cheshire Lines Railway in 1874 as a branch from its main Liverpool to Manchester line at Glazebrook that would link it to the lucrative Lancashire Coalfields. Only the Manchester Sheffield and Lincolnshire constituent of the CLC remained interested in the concept and it was they who built the line which opened to goods services in 1879. When opened it connected to the main line at Glazebrook with an east to north curve which meant services could only easily go towards Manchester. In 1900 a west to north curve was put in to allow trains to head to and from Liverpool. The line became part of the GCR
and in 1923 part of the LNER but it was operated as part of the CLC system. The station was situated on the south side of a road overbridge and had two platforms.

Initially passenger services ran from Manchester Central to a temporary terminus at Wigan which was not replaced until the opening of Wigan Central in 1892. From 1900, when a west to north curve was put in at Glazebrook services started to run to Warrington Central. Monday to Friday services in 1903 saw the GCR run 8 trains to Manchester and 6 to Warrington
each day. Services increased under the LNER especially during the war years. However after 1945 the line went into decline and the last service was the Wigan Central to Irlam or Manchester Central service. Latterly some of these services where operated by DMU's until the end came on 1.11.1964. The line lingered on for goods services until 1968.

Today the road profile shows that a bridge once was located here but it has been filled in. The station site has also been re-profiled and only a solitary gate post survives.

To see the other stations on the Wigan Central - Glazebrook line click on the station name: Wigan Central, Lower Ince, Hindley South,
West Leigh & Bedford, Lowton St. Marys, Culcheth & Newchurch Halt.


Looking north from Bickershaw & Abram Station in the early 1950's
Photo received from Steven Buckley




Looking north from the site of Bickershaw & Abram Station in January 2006, taken from the same viewpoint as the picture above
P
hoto by Paul Wright

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[Source: Paul Wright]


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