Trains to Wigan

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Wigan is a town in Greater Manchester, set on the River Douglas, 7.9 miles (13 km) south‐west of Bolton, 10 miles (16 km) north of Warrington and 16 miles (25.7 km) west‐northwest of Manchester. During the Industrial Revolution Wigan experienced dramatic economic expansion and a rapid rise in population. The town became famous for the porcelain manufacture and a major mill town and coal mining district dating 1450. Coal mining ceased during the latter part of the 20th century.

The town centre lies to the north of both of Wigan's railway stations. The streets of Wigan are home to a number of pubs, bars and restaurants. The major of the town centre is pedestrianized, with shops concentrated on two large indoor centres the Galleries and the Grand Arcade. The town centre is characterized by Wigan Pier located on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, that was made famous by George Orwell's 1930s book The Road to Wigan Pier. Since 1930s wharves and warehouses have redeveloped into a culture and heritage quarter. Those interested in the history of the town can visit the Museum of Wigan Life in the old library buildings, one of the places where Orwell researched his book. The town centre is served by two train station: Wigan North Western railway station and Wigan Wallgate. Wigan North Western railway station medium‐sized station on the West Coast Main Line. It is operated by Virgin and Northern train services. Whereas Wigan Wallgate station is about 110 yards (100 m) away, on the opposite side of the street named Wallgate, for services to Manchester, Southport and Kirkby. Wigan train station is equipped with six platforms served via a subway and stairs. Facilities at the train station include a ticket office open on weekdays, a vending machine in the ticket hall, toilets and waiting room. There are accessibility services, Wi‐Fi and CCTV security services in operation at this station.

The station is served by Virgin Trains and an hourly service to London Euston on the West Coast Main Line that continues northwards to Glasgow Central, with additional peak services terminating at Preston, Lancaster and Carlisle. The journey from and to London Euston is less than two hours. There is an hourly service calling at Warrington Bank Quay and London Euston. It is also served by Virgin's services from London Euston via Birmingham New Street to Glasgow Central and Edinburgh (alternate hours). Northern operates a half‐hourly service from Liverpool Lime Street, along the Liverpool‐Wigan Line via St Helens Central with a handful of services running to Liverpool via the Lowton Chord and Newton‐leWillows. There is also an hourly service from Liverpool which continues north along the West Coast Main Line to Blackpool. North Northern also operates one electric hourly services to Manchester Airport.

Northern Rail services are operated by a mix of Pacer and Sprinter units. Services southwards to London Euston via Birmingham New Street and northwards to Glasgow and Edinburgh are operated by either electric Pendolino trains or diesel Super Voyager units. Passengers travelling by train on peak hours are advised to purchase train tickets to Wigan in advance in order to secure a seat. Train tickets can be collected prior departure at the train station from vending ticket machines available at the departure station.

Wigan tourist attractions include the Bridgewater Canal that connects Manchester and Leigh. Another canal 127 miles long connects the cities of Leeds and Liverpool, crossing the Pennines. The museum of Wigan life is a heritage museum with over 30,000 artifacts dating from the Roman times. Trenchrfield Mill is an historic industry that offers live demonstrations of the steam engine that once powered it. Nature lovers are advised to visit Wigan Flashes Nature Reserve where waterfowls and birds life, 260‐hectare of protected land perfect for a family fun picnic outdoors.