Trains to Warrington

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The market town of Warrington is set on the banks of the River Mersey. It was transformed during the Industrial Revolution, which was designated thanks to its growth to a New Town in the late 1960s. Warrington town centre is packed with shopping and entertainment options, including Golden Square shopping centre that offers major high street stores, independent shops, cafes and restaurants. To the southeast of the centre there are some pedestrianized shopping streets such as Bridge Street and Buttermarket Street, as well as Warrington Retail Market, with over 200 stalls featuring regional produce, clothing and local crafts.

The Cultural Quarter of Warrington is located to the south of the town centre, close to Palmyra Square and Warrington Bank Quay Station. The Cultural quarter offers the Parr Hall concert venue and the Pyramid, which stages comedy shows, plays and dance. The Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, which shares a building with Warrington Central Library are also located in the Quarter. Visitors travelling to one of the town’s famous attractions are suggested to travel and purchase train tickets to Warrington in advance to secure the best seats, avoid traffic and travel safely.

Warrington offers an array of tourist attractions designed for the entire family, such as Gulliver’s World, a kid’s theme park with rides and activities. Walton Hall, a lavish Elizabethan ‐Style hall with ornamental gardens, a kids’ zoo and café and a picnic area for families. Norton Priory is a museum with a walled garden set in a woodland, tracing 900 years of history. Sankey Valley Park offering natural features to its visitors, including canals, wetlands and green expanses.

Warrington is a Rugby League town, and local heroes the Warrington Wolves play at the modern Halliwell Jones Stadium situated to the north of the town centre. Warrington Wolves play in the Super League, a competition than runs from February to October. The atmosphere at the stadium is always electric. Rugby fans travelling by train to watch Rugby League games are advised to purchase train tickets to Warrington in advance to benefit from cheap train fares. 

Warrington Central railway station is one of the two principal railway stations serving Warrington. It is located on the southern route of the Liverpool to Manchester Lines as it is located approximately in halfway between the two cities. Central station is served by diesel stopping trains between Liverpool and Manchester, and diesel express services between Liverpool and the North East of England or between Liverpool and East Anglia. The Central station has no electrified lines it is therefore only being served by diesel trains.

The second station serving the town centre is Warrington Bank Quay which is instead served by electrified lines such as the West Coast Main Line with express services to London Euston, Birmingham New Street and Scotland and Liverpool Lime Street.

Passengers arriving at Central station find a classical style building characterized by some brickwork. Shops and a ticket office can be found in the lower level. Passengers arriving at the station are required to six steps or a short ramp to reach the ticket office and climb further steps to the platforms. Disabled passengers can now easily access both platforms with as lifts. The station offers passengers a customer service office,  toilets, waiting rooms, a newsagent and a coffee stall. Right outside the train station there is a car park, taxi and a bus stop serving Warrington Bus Interchange services.

The following train lines operate at Warrington Central: Virgin Trains, Northern, TransPennine Express and East Midlands Trains. Virgin Trains offer regular services to London Euston operated by a Virgin Pendolino, calling at London Euston only. Virgin also offer an hourly train to London Euston via Birmingham New Street calling at Crewe, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International. Virgin offers hourly services to Glasgow central too, offering additional services during peak time.

There are two train services run by TransPennine Express runs an hourly service to Liverpool Lime Street via Liverpool South Parkway and an hourly express service towards Scarborough via Leeds and York. Arriva Rail North operates services to and from Manchester Airport as well as a regional express service between Manchester, Chester and North Wales. It also operates late evening services to Manchester and Liverpool.

East Midlands Trains also serve Liverpool Lime Street calling at Widnes and Liverpool South Parkway, and an hourly express service to Norwich via Sheffield and Nottingham. Late services are directed to Nottingham only.