Chorley railway station


Chorley railway station serves the town of Chorley in Lancashire, England. Since 2004 it has been linked with Chorley Interchange bus and coach station. It is on the Manchester–Preston line.

National Rail
General information
LocationChorley, Chorley
Grid referenceSD586175
Managed byNorthern Trains
Other information
Station codeCRL
ClassificationDfT category D
2017/18Decrease 0.663 million
2018/19Decrease 0.567 million
2019/20Increase 0.698 million
2020/21Decrease 0.160 million
2021/22Increase 0.493 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

History of the stationEdit

The current railway station is a modern version from the 1980s that was built on top of the original station. The level of the old platforms can be seen under the existing station's two platforms which are connected by underpass. The initial station was opened on 22 December 1841 by the Bolton and Preston Railway (which later became part of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway) and was subsequently served by the Lancashire Union Railway between St Helens, Wigan North Western and Blackburn from 1869. Passenger trains over this route (between Blackburn & Wigan) were however withdrawn in January 1960. Further work was done in 2016 and 2017 in connection with the electrification of the line between Euxton Junction and Manchester.

The level crossing at the south end of the station was removed and the signal box was moved to the Ribble Steam Railway at Preston .[1]

Current station facilitiesEdit

Platform to platform connection is via a stepped subway. Wheelchair users may exit the station and use the sloped public footpath subway (Chorley FP 32) immediately to the south, this emerges at the foot of the Railway Pub, access is then via an entry off Friday Street.

There are no toilets on the station and the nearest ones are in the bus station across the road. Chorley's rail services provide a link for the commuters of Lancashire to Preston, Manchester and Bolton.

A chargeable railway car park is available to the south of the station with car parking tickets available for purchase from the station ticket office.

Ticket purchase & collection machines are available, two on Platform 2 (Manchester bound), and two in the ticket office. The ticket office is staffed 0625 - 1900 on weekdays, 0625 - 2100 on Saturdays and 0830 - 1900 on Sundays.[2]

It was announced by the Department for Transport in December 2009, the line between Preston and Manchester, on which Chorley is situated, would be electrified[3] which would reduce journey times to Manchester by up to ten minutes. Timetabled electric services began with the May 2019 timetable, training and introductory services had been running from February 2019.


All trains that stop at Chorley station are operated by Northern Trains[4]



From 26 July to 7 September 2008, the service provision to and from the station was limited due to major engineering work taking place to the north; this was to improve drainage in a cutting and remove a long-standing speed restriction. A rail replacement bus service operated to and from Preston, whilst many trains were diverted via Wigan. This period of disruption was blamed for the decline in passenger usage shown in the figures shown above.

The direct Scottish service had been reduced at the December 2013 timetable change, when most trains were diverted via Wigan to join the newly electrified line over Chat Moss.[5] A small number of peak services still operated via Chorley using Class 185 diesel multiple units thereafter, but these ceased at the December 2014 timetable change.[6]

First TransPennine Express used to run the service from Manchester Airport to Blackpool North, but this was passed on to the new Northern franchise on 1 April 2016.

Saturday and Sunday services were replaced by buses on most weekends from May 2015 until November 2018, due to the late-running electrification work on the route.[7] Weekend services resumed on Sunday 11 November 2018, after the completion of the electrification engineering work.

Renovation and electrificationEdit

Chorley railway station undergoing electrification work on 27 August 2018

From June to October 2016, as part of the Manchester-Preston electrification scheme, the station has been renovated and the trackbed lowered slightly to accommodate the overhead wires. The subways roofs were also replaced; both platforms have been rebuilt and extended to accommodate longer trains. During the rebuild, a temporary platform 1 was installed south of the former level crossing with access from the car park and no passenger trains called at weekends; services were again diverted via Wigan.

The badly-delayed electrification work on the route saw further timetable alterations and rail replacement buses at weekends since the May 2018 timetable change. Some northbound trains now terminate at either Buckshaw Parkway or Preston instead of running through to Blackpool, whilst weekend engineering possessions saw buses replacing trains until November 2018.[7]

The first electric train to run through the station was a Virgin Pendolino, on a test run during the night of 13 December 2018[8]

Electric trains, serving the station, commenced on 11 February 2019 utilising Class 319 electric multiple units.


  1. ^ Ingy The Wingy (9 August 2009), Chorley Level Crossing Frame, retrieved 28 February 2020
  2. ^ "Northern Trains – Chorley station". Northern. Archived from the original on 13 December 2022. Retrieved 13 December 2022.
  3. ^ "Rail Electrification Gets Green Light" The Guardian news article 9 December 2009
  4. ^ Table 102 National Rail timetable, December 2022
  5. ^ Network Rail - WCML Route Utilisation Strategy Archived 1 October 2012 at the Wayback MachineNetwork Rail
  6. ^ GB eNRT December 2014 Edition, Table 82
  7. ^ a b Manchester - Bolton - Preston route improvement works Archived 30 July 2018 at the Wayback Machine Northern website news article; Retrieved 2 August 2018
  8. ^ MCIJ, Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons). "Pendolino is first electric train through Bolton". Retrieved 3 March 2020.

External linksEdit

  • Train times and station information for Chorley railway station from National Rail

Construction of flying arches on YouTube

Preceding station     National Rail   Following station
Northern Trains
Northern Trains
  Historical railways  
Line open, station closed
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Bolton and Preston Railway
Line and station open
Disused railways
Line and station closed
  London and North Western Railway
Lancashire Union Railway
  White Bear
Line and station closed
53°39′11″N 2°37′37″W / 53.653°N 2.627°W / 53.653; -2.627