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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.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:10 - 23:20
Saturday 06:10 - 23:20
Sunday Closed
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetUnavailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer help pointsUnavailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorGMPTE
Car parking spaces64
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces11
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes<p>4 stands and 7 lockers</p>
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Level access through the ticket hall, along a footbridge (19 paces), turn left and down 28 steps, through a waiting area with seats onto platform. Or, via a lift to the left of the steps. Lift available 06:10 to 23:45 Monday to Saturday. Closed Sunday.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesUnavailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable

Find station details and facilities information for Atherton. Also find live train departures and arrivals for Atherton station, helping you to plan your next journey.

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 LeedsNorthern20:09On time
to Wigan WallgateNorthern20:18On time
to BlackburnNorthern20:36On time
to Wigan WallgateNorthern20:412On time
to Manchester VictoriaNorthern21:081On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Wigan North WesternNorthern20:09On time
from LeedsNorthern20:17On time
from Kirkby (Merseyside)Northern20:36On time
from Manchester VictoriaNorthern20:412On time
from Wigan WallgateNorthern21:081On time
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