[Source: Paul Wright]

Date opened: By 19.10.1839.
Location: On the south side of Church Street (A573)
Company on opening: London & North Western Railway
Date closed to passengers: 6.1.1961
Date closed completely: 22.5.1967
Company on closing: British Railways (London Midland Region)
Present state: Demolished
County: Lancashire
OS Grid Ref: SJ606981
Date of visit: 2.12.2005

Notes: The station opened as Golbourne Gate and it was situated on what became the West Coast Main Line. The line had more humble beginnings opening on 03.09.1832 as a branch leading from the 1830 Liverpool and Manchester Railway at Parkside and running up to Wigan. Although the line opened in 1932 the station at Golborne probably didn't open till later. Not long after its opening the Station became known simply as Golborne.

Between 1888 and 1894 the line through Golborne by then part of the LNWR's main line to Scotland was quadrupled but there were only ever platforms on the slow line.

On 01.02.1949 after nationalisation the station was renamed Golborne South to distinguish it from its nearby former GCR namesake. Golborne South Station did not survive to the Beeching era closing on 6.2.1961. Goods traffic continued until 22.5.1967. Today bricked up gaps in the road bridge and the track alignment are the only evidence of the stations existence.

In 2004 Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive commissioned a station feasibility study into the viability of reopening the station at Golborne (South). In early 2005 Merseytravel expressed an interest in the Golborne station proposal and planned to launch a Golborne rail link bus service between the potential station site at Golborne and Newton-le-Willows station in Merseyside, in the hope of building a market for rail

See also Golborne North & Lowton


Golborne South Station c. 1910
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hoto from John Alsop Collection

Looking south from road bridge at the site of Golborne South Station in December 2005
hoto by Paul Wright

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[Source: Paul Wright]

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