Archive for the ‘Sunday Services’ Category


Countdown to more Sunday trains begins

October 15, 2017

The uplift in Sunday services promised in the new Northern franchise is coming into touching distance now as details of the new timetable – which starts on Dec 10th – have been published on the National Rail Enquires website.

Sunday trains were re-introduced to Walkden in May 2010 following a successful campaign by FoWS, but have been restricted to an hourly service in daytime hours. From December 10th this year the service leaps from 18 trains a day to 44, with a half-hourly service until 6pm, then hourly until 10pm.

The extended timetable will open up many more journey opportunities on a Sunday, and allow people returning from a weekend to Manchester Piccadilly or Airport to catch the train home to Walkden on a Sunday evening.

The full list of scheduled departures is below.

To Manchester:

0928, 0949 and then xx28, xx49 each hour until 1728, 1749

1828, 1928, 2028, 2128, 2228

To Wigan:

1029, 1100, 1129, 1159 and then xx29, xx59 each hour until 1729, 1759

1828, 1928, 2129, 2229

As previously reported on this blog, the increased intensity weekday and Saturday service has been postponed until May 2018 due to lack of rolling stock and delays to electrification schemes in other parts of the UK


Victoria closure – Sunday services diverted to Oxford Road

January 24, 2016

From today Victoria station will be closed for the next 12 Sundays for engineering work connected with the Ordsall Chord (the new piece of track that will allow trains to run directly from Victoria to Piccadilly via Salford Central and Deansgate).

Walkden’s hourly daytime service will continue to operate but starting and finishing at Oxford Road instead of Victoria.

Bus replacements will operate between Salford Crescent and Victoria for anyone needing to get to Victoria – but bear in mind connecting services from Victoria will also be affected by the closure.

As always we recommend checking National Rail Enquiries before you travel.


Extra trains for Christmas Saturdays

November 27, 2014

Northern Rail are laying on some extra services on Saturdays, and extra carriages on Sundays, in the run up to Christmas.

It took us a while to find the announcement but here are the details of 5 extra trains into Manchester on Saturday mornings, and 9 coming back in the afternoon and evening: Christmas Comes Early for Festive Travellers.

Meanwhile, Sunday trains appear to have been upgraded to 4 carriages: last Sunday all trains ran as 4 carriages, but even then some were “full and standing”.

This is undoubtedly extremely welcome news from Northern, and we applaud them for finding some extra carriages from their very stretched resources. However, such is the demand for train travel at this time of year we can only echo Northern’s warning that trains will be very busy and you may not be able to get on your preferred service – so make plans to travel a bit earlier if you can.


Bus replacements this Sunday 28th July

July 27, 2013

Due to engineering works between Atherton and Salford Crescent there will be no trains to or from Walkden tomorrow (Sunday 28th July). A bus replacement service will be running instead – click here for the bus replacement schedule.


Walkden line re-signalling update

July 13, 2013
One of the soon-to-be removed signals at Walkden in December 2010

One of the soon-to-be removed signals at Walkden in December 2010

Conversion of the Walkden line to full electronic signalling is nearing completion, with the system due to go live at the end of this month.

As previously noted on this blog, this will entail the closure of the historic signal box and removal of the picturesque mechanical signals, but will deliver a more reliable and efficient railway, and permit more frequent services along the line than are currently possible.

To facilitate final installation works the line will be closed on Sunday 28th July and a bus replacement timetable will operate: the timetable can be downloaded from Northern Rail here.



FOWS Update 27/01

January 27, 2013

Services through Walkden should now be back to normal following last week’s disruption due to the derailment near Salford Crescent. However, there are still bus replacement services on Sundays due to engineering work, and the emergency repairs to the track near Salford Central are still causing a diversion to westbound services which means they do not stop at Salford Central.

On a lighter note, we’re pleased that our planters and hardy plants appear to be holding up well in the snow!



Sunday Services to continue for the next 2 years !!!

April 21, 2012

Fantastic news for Walkden station users as yesterday Transport for Greater Manchester confirmed the service – which initially ran on a 2-year trial – will be continued until the end of the Northern Rail franchise (April 2014).

The decision was announced to the Metrolink and Rail Networks sub-committee at a meeting yesterday: the full minutes can be downloaded here, and includes the following:

The successful Atherton Line Sunday service consists of an hourly train in each direction between Manchester Victoria and Wigan Wallgate, approximately between the hours of 0900 and 1900.
TfGMC has now authorised funding until the end of the Northern Rail franchise (April 2014). Beyond April 2014, the contract for this service will need to be agreed with the new franchisee.
The agreement with DfT and the outcome of closer partnership working with Northern Rail have resulted in a significant reduction in costs.
This success has secured the future of a service that filled a major gap in Sunday rail provision, which is proving increasingly popular. Analysis of passenger count data shows an average of 740 passengers boarding trains at the six stations on the Atherton
line (Daisy Hill, Hag Fold, Atherton, Walkden, Moorside and Swinton) on Sundays between May and August 2010. 

FOWS would like to say a huge thank you to the councillors and officials at TfGM for their support of the Sunday service, and Northern Rail for working with TfGM to make a deal for running the service possible: it’s worth re-stating that Northern Rail’s franchise doesn’t require them to create new services, so we’re especially grateful that their management has chosen to support this highly valued local scheme.