Has Euxton Balshaw Lane ever had direct Manchester services?

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  1. Gathursty

    Gathursty Established Member

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    Euston Balshaw Lane is just South of the junction where Manchester bound trains leave the West Coast Main Line. As a result it must be one of a small number of train stations in the North West that don't have a services to Manchester (ignore Merseyrail).

    I know it is on Liverpool-Preston/Blackpool North services and has been since forever but has it ever had a service to Manchester?
     
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  3. stephens

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    You mean Euxton (pron. Ex-ton) Balshaw Lane.
     
  4. Gathursty

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    Predictive text!!! Please can a Mod correct the typo thanks. Of course I mean Euxton near Chorley.
     
  5. Ianno87

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    *Might* have had some when Chorley tunnel was blockaded in August 2008.

    But as a regular, normal service? No
     
  6. Mutant Lemming

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    When it was Balshaw Lane Euxton there were services from Manchester Exchange
     
  7. Ianno87

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    Good point- hadn't considered the pre-1997 incarnation!
     
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    There's actually now an hourly service to Manchester Airport that stops at Leyland, then passes through the platforms at Euxton (as opposed to using the fast lines); presumably there just isn't the demand for a direct service.
     
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    Perhaps it is meant to go via Bolton in future?

    Edit: then it would no longer pass through Euxton Balshaw Lane.
     
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    Done but for future reference, go to Thread Tools at the top of the thread, then Edit Title

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  11. scrapy

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    There is probably around equal demand for Manchester and Liverpool but not enough demand for a half hourly service. Whilst not always as convenient Manchester passengers can change at Wigan. The station catchment area is similar to that of Buckshaw which has 3 trains an hour to Manchester.
     
  12. Ianno87

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    Agreed - people bound for Manchester just railhead to Buckshaw, Chorley or Horwich Parkway. Big car parks and 3 trains and hour.
     
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    Everything between Prescot and Bryn inclusive. Runcorn (main), Acton Bridge, Hartford and Winsford. Ormskirk to Croston inclusive, Lostock Hall to Mill Hill inclusive. Morcombe and Bare Lane, Colne through Burnley Barracks, Upton through Neston, Dalston through Askam, plus Wetheral and Armathwaite through to where you consider the North West to End.

    Ps I forgot the obvious, Moss Side through Blackpool South.

    So not an inconsiderate number in total.
     
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    You missed what will be, by far, the closest examples in Reddish South and Denton.
     
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    You would have thought the railway, which serves the station, would know that. When the 319s were introduced the auto-announcement pronounced it as Euston with an x. That was changed but the auto-announcement at Preston is still wrong.
     
  17. stephens

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    Yes. I have heard the incorrect auto-announcement and it sounds awful!
    You would think they would try and get the basics right.
     
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    I know some of the Barrow/Windermere to Manchester Airport trains used to go that way in First North Western days however I don't think any stopped at Euxton Balshaw Lane. This is not to say there have never been any Manchester services stopping there.
     
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    Barrow/Windermere were routed via Wigan between about 1995 and May 1998, at which point they were routed via Chorley* instead. Thus there was only about 6 month overlap with modern Euxton Balshaw Lane being open (only served by Blackpool-Liverpool).

    *Simultaneous to the hourly Southport-Manchester-Chester becoming hourly Southport-Manchester Airport for the first time, thus the Wigan-Airport link no longer needed to be provided by Barrow/Windermere services.
     
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    I alighted from a 185 there ex Man Picc during the 2014(?) Chorley blockade.
     
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    North West trains Blackpool to London service with class 158's served Balshaw Lane in the 1990's. So you could get a train from Euston to Euxton.
     
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    Who is the woman now at Preston pronouncing it "Yuxton"? Is it Anne?
     
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    I believe so. She seems to have a problem with Buckshaw parkway too - she just says it dead funny.
     
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    Buck-SHAW! Parkway :lol:
     
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    Thats the one - its almost like she is unsure that its actually a name of something when she starts to realising it is when she finishes :D
     
  26. MDB1images

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    During the Chorley blockade some TPE Blackpool North to Manchester Airport services was booked to call(can't remember the exact year).
     

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