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Gathurst station is on the outskirts of the town of Wigan, Greater Manchester. The semi-rural Gathurst is a recently refurbished two-platform station on the Southport line 2¾ miles north west of Wigan Wallgate station. The station also serves the nearby village of Shevington, indeed until 1973 was named Gathurst for Shevington.

The station also had exchange sidings served by a narrow gauge railway that ran from Gathurst across the River Douglas valley on a steel viaduct to the nearby ICI explosives factory at Shevington. Some remnants of the narrow gauge system can still be seen if you look closely.

Gathurst is close to the River Douglas and the Leeds Liverpool canal and is very well placed for good walking.


Gathurst Station
Gathurst Road
Greater Manchester

Grid Reference

SD 541071 – for a map visit and enter the grid reference.


Northern (DOHL)


+  Unstaffed station
+  Ticket Vending Machine
+  Hourly service to Southport, Bolton & Manchester (more frequent in peak)
+  Shelters on platforms
+  Additional seating on platforms

Other Information

+  Rail User Group – Ormskirk, Preston & Southport Travellers Association
+  Friends of Station group – contact


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Guided walks commence 6 June 2021. Posted 18.05.21

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Network Rail help clear vegetation. Posted 18.05.21

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