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Just twelve miles north of Manchester lies Atherton Railway Station, a trim two-platform station that daily sees passengers for destinations all across Manchester. First constructed in 1888, the station was originally opened as Atherton Central to avoid confusion with the now-defunct Atherton Bag Lane. Today, Atherton Railway Station is the busiest station on the Manchester to Southport line, excluded Manchester itself and Wigan.

During the week, Northern operates two trains from Atherton for Manchester Victoria (one of which continues to Blackburn via Todmorden) and for Wigan Wallgate (continuing northbound for Southport or Kirkby) each hour. These services operate on an hourly basis in the evening and on Sundays. Tickets may be purchased from the ticket office or the self-service machine available in the booking hall. Platform-level waiting rooms are available for passenger use, as are digital information screens, timetable posters, an automated PA system, and step-free access during staffed hours.

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Departures and arrivals from Atherton

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Atherton station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to LeedsNorthern20:061Scheduled
to Wigan WallgateNorthern20:292Late
to BlackburnNorthern20:361On time
to Wigan WallgateNorthern20:532On time
to LeedsNorthern21:061On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Wigan WallgateNorthern20:061Scheduled
from LeedsNorthern20:282Late
from Headbolt LaneNorthern20:351On time
from BlackburnNorthern20:522On time
from Wigan WallgateNorthern21:061On time
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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