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The original train station, opened in 1871, was Bolton Trinity Street. It was all but demolished in the 1980s, although the iconic Victorian clock tower – a landmark in the town for over a century – was dismantled and rebuilt next to the modern-day Bolton station. Located in the centre of town, easing transport links to and from the town centre, the station was pivotal in increasing the tourism industry of Bolton, which rose from £371 million in 2012 to £394 million in 2013. People travel to Bolton drawn by its status as a hive of cultural activity; the Octagon Theatre and Bolton Museum and Art Gallery offer visitors intellectual escapism. The latter also houses many artifacts of the town’s textile industry, paying homage to Bolton’s cotton-spinning past and the 14th-century Flemish settlers that introduced the tradition of weaving to the locals.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:00 - 21:00
Saturday 06:00 - 21:00
Sunday 08:15 - 19:30
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes
staff can only assist passengers with mobility problems if they are using certain platforms. Please contact Customer Relations for further information
Customer help pointsUnavailable
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces99
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
platforms 3 & 4
Cycle storage notes<p>9 hoops and 15 lockers situated on platform</p>
Step-free accessPart of station
Step-free access notes

Level access through the ticket barriers to an overpass, and via large lift opposite the top of the steps, or down steps onto the platform. Lifts open for all services.

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

The entrance and ticket office are at street level, and the bus interchange and taxi rank, just yards from the door. Disabled toilets are located in the ticket hall. The station has four platforms. Platform 1,with its café, is used for trains heading north, and platform 3, for trains to Manchester. Platform 4 is used for trains mostly heading west.

Departures and arrivals from Bolton

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Bolton station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Blackpool NorthNorthern15:514Late
to Manchester AirportNorthern15:543On time
to ClitheroeNorthern16:001On time
to Blackpool NorthNorthern16:185On time
to RochdaleNorthern16:191On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Hazel GroveNorthern15:504On time
from Blackpool NorthNorthern15:533On time
from RochdaleNorthern16:001On time
from ClitheroeNorthern16:171On time
from Manchester AirportNorthern16:175On time
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