Northern has announced that passengers in Warrington can boast of having the newest station in the North thanks to the opening of Warrington West.
The £20.5m station was funded by Warrington Borough Council, the Department for Transport, developer contributions and Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership. The station is now providing passengers with links to Warrington Central, Liverpool and Manchester.
Additionally, Northern’s brand new trains are operating at this station and means passengers can now travel directly to Manchester Airport.
Work began on the station in January 2018 and includes:
- Four trains an hour, one limited stop and one stopper – two heading to Warrington Central and Manchester and two in the opposite direction to Liverpool.
High quality, easy access for cyclists and pedestrian station users.
- Now fully open, the station has been handed to Network Rail and will be managed by Northern alongside other stations in the town
Warrington West has benefited from £4.2m of Department for Transport’s New Stations Funding, and £6.5m from the Local Growth Deal.
What did the officials say?
Chris Jackson, Regional Director at Northern, said:
“We’re delighted to be managing this fantastic new station on behalf of our customers in Warrington.
“Warrington West is now an integral part of our infrastructure and will provide a vital link not only to Warrington town centre, but to other major towns and cities. And with our brand new trains operating direct to Manchester Airport, Warrington West also provides a link to the rest of the world.”
Phil James, managing director of Network Rail’s North West route, said:
“The opening of Warrington West station is another key milestone in the Great North Rail Project, a cross-industry effort to transform train travel for passengers across the North of England.
“We have worked closely with Warrington Borough Council to support this new station. Access to the railway and improved links are vital to create new opportunities for passengers and help boost local, regional and national economies.”
Warrington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for transportation, highways and public realm, Cllr Hans Mundry, said:
“Warrington West station is an important part of our ongoing work to invest in our transport infrastructure, increase sustainable travel choices, reduce the need to travel by car and make sure our borough is a well-connected, business-friendly place.
“Residents and commuters in west Warrington are now benefiting from a first-class, modern and accessible train station, providing excellent links with Liverpool, Manchester, Warrington town centre and Birchwood, as a key employment area. I’m delighted that the station is now officially open.”
Thomas Edgcumbe, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty’s Regional North and Midlands business, said:
“We were delighted to join with our partners to celebrate this key milestone, the success of which is testament to the capability of our expert teams who consistently deliver high quality infrastructure improvements.
“This multi-transport facility is an important scheme, procured through Scape’s Civil Engineering and Infrastructure framework, which will significantly benefit rail users in Warrington by reducing road traffic and improving links in the borough to nearby major UK cities.”
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