Wigan has two main railway stations -- North Western for all longer-distance journeys (it's on the West Coast main Line) and some shorter ones, and Wallgate for the rest of the shorter journeys. It can get a bit confusing as to which one you're supposed to be at -- surely one day they'll try and merge the two -- but fortunately they're very close together and it's only about a 50 yard walk from one to the other. North Western is bigger and slightly more modern that Wallgate, although it could still do with a refurb; it has its own car park and taxi rank. It's not a bad station, but I couldn't go overboard about it.
You've got a choice of two main stations when travelling to/from Wigan - Wallgate and North Western. Directly across the road from each other, they tend to service two different areas of travel; North and South.
Due to recent trainworks seemingly affecting all my usual stations, I often find myself flitting between the two stations. At the moment, travelling to Manchester is easier from North Western, despite it really being the thoroughfare for trains going to London or Glasgow.
Dropping off and parking are both easy peasy, with parking available just next door and ample drop off space out front. Additionally, taxis are lined out front, so you'll be okay if you're coming into the station and don't fancy walking to your destination! Services within the station are standard; ticket booth or machine, stairs and lifts, and 6 platforms. There's a small coffee shop if you need some entertainment, and the staff are always happy to help - a London train was delayed and arrived a few moments before the Manchester service, and various announcements were made to ensure everyone was aware of this rather than depending on everyone seeing the sign change.
Not perfect by any means, but what can you really expect from a train station?
This is the station at the bottom of the hill not to be confused with Wigan Wallgate. This station is very old in feeling and has a good few platforms which go to all places, i often travel to Liverpool via this station and i have never had any problems should you want a sandwich or drink there is a shop, though it can be quite expensive. It goes to london also so it does get quite busy for the commuters and working population. A good station which always delivers what is to be expected from it. My station of preference
Wigan North Western railway station is one of the main railway stations in the centre of Wigan. This station has trains going all around the country at regular intervals. The station itself has a cafe selling hot drinks, sandwiches and other snacks, however prices can work out quite expensive. The price of train tickets can vary massivly, depending on how far in advance you book your ticket, this means that if you book your ticket early enough, you can travel to London from just £10 (asof 26 Nov 2008)
I rarely use the train station, however on all occassions I have been served professionally and politely by the ticket staff. The station is usually clean and tidy.
good place to get a train open 24/7 go there alot to get train to liverpool. on the platform there is a shop which sells sandwiches, drinks, snacks + more. wigan north western there are more virgin trains
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