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HS2 will serve Wigan North Western station.

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HS2 creates a step-change in transport links for Wigan

From Wigan North Western station Birmingham will be just over half an hour away and London less than 90 minutes. To make the most of HS2 services, plans include better links to Wigan Wallgate station to improve interconnectivity with east-west rail to Manchester, Southport and Kirby.

HS2 Services in Wigan

Wigan North Western to:

  • London, HS2 time 91 minutes, current time 115 minutes
  • Birmingham, HS2 time 36 minutes, current time 82 minutes.

HS2 train times

Discover how HS2 will transform your journey

HS2 helping reduce overcrowding

By freeing up space on existing lines, for new local train services, passengers and freight, HS2 helps ease congestion and over-crowding. Travelling by train becomes a more convenient and enjoyable option for everybody, regardless of how far they’re going. Find out more about HS2 helping reduce overcrowding.

HS2 helping reduce carbon emissions

By freeing up capacity on our current railways, HS2 will help take hundreds of lorries off the roads every day as more freight can move to rail. This will improve air quality and help reduce carbon emissions.

HS2 will be a catalyst for Wigan businesses

High speed services will offer improved access to suppliers, skills and customers for local businesses. Wigan Council sees the new integrated high speed station as a focal point for regeneration in the town by raising Wigan’s profile and encouraging growth.

HS2 is integral to local plans to drive business growth

It will create jobs and secure investment years before it arrives. A 10 year masterplan has been developed which sets out the Council’s vision, plans and ambitions to ensure the future sustainability of Wigan Town Centre.

Significant work is already underway to put Wigan Town Centre on a more sustainable footing including investment into its highways; the A49 and M58 link roads will create a new route towards the Town Centre from the M6 and M58 reducing journey times.

This spans further with investment into the Innovation and Learning Quarter with improvements to Wigan and Leigh College, The University Technology Centre (UTC), Wigan Youth Zone and the Deanery High School means the area is appealing to our younger generation.

Private investment has been made to The Old Courts and we have a development partner on board to regenerate the former Wigan Pier buildings giving the town a much needed lift in cultural events, arts and boosting night time offer.

The purchase of The Galleries has meant that the Council have the opportunity to revitalise and redevelop Wigan Town Centre, to encourage new businesses and futureproof existing companies who have aspirations of growth.

In addition to this there is growing demand for more residential conversions and Wigan Town Centre has an abundance of buildings that could potentially be redeveloped to help drive forward new and original homes.

The Town Centre is ideally situated with good transport links, access to all major rail networks including HS2 and plans to ease traffic flow in and around the Town Centre.

91 North West businesses have already delivered work on HS2

Over 2,000 businesses across the nation have delivered work for HS2. Half of these are small and medium sized businesses and that number will grow as the pace of construction increases.