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Written by Mark Bearton - 28 Oct 2004
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Location notes
Horwich is on the line from Preston to Bolton and Manchester and is about 5 miles North-West of Bolton. The station of Horwich Parkway is adjacent to the M61, a large retail park and Bolton Wanderers stadium.
Railway type and traffic
There is a regular passenger service on the line provided by classes 150/156/158 and 175 with a two hourly Voyager from Edinburgh. The line is also used as a diversionary route when the WCML is closed south of Preston for engineering.
Environment
The footbridge north of the station is quiet with only dog-walkers using it but due to the proximity of Bolton Wanderers stadium, Manchester Utd tops, etc, may be inadvisable. It would also be best to check if they are playing at home before going due to traffic congestion.
Road directions
Middlebrook Retail Park and Horwich Parkway station are well signposted from Junction 6 of the M61.

Horwich map co-ordinates
Parking
There is a car park at the station and also a very large car park at the retail park.
Public transport
Very well served by both buses from Bolton and twice hourly by train to Horwich Parkway.
Amenities
There is a pub near the station and an ASDA supermarket in the retail park.
Accommodation
There is a hotel also near the station adjacent to the Pub.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
Horwich

Googly map
Streetmap links
Horwich general view map
Horwich close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
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Photographic notes
There is a footbridge immediately north of the station which gives good views of trains heading towards Manchester especially dinner time to early afternoon. Late afternoon the sun starts to favour north bound trains heading through the station. The footbridge can be reached by the public footpath which goes through the station car park and out at the north end of it.
Links to photographs at this location

North West Railway Pictures - Horwich


General views - All photographs Mark Bearton unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking south


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