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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 agreed with the Canal and River Trust to redevelop Wigan Pier Quarter, just 10 minutes’ walk from Wigan North Western, as a retail and leisure destination.

The Council is also investing £1.3m to make Market Place the cultural and social heart of the town, to allow the hosting of public events and boost the night-time economy with family-friendly activities.

A new mixed use development at Westwood Park could create up to 1,000 jobs. The site will benefit from the integrated high speed station and from improved motorway access, putting into action the joined-up think that strategic transport hubs require.

Wigan Council is identifying additional new major employment sites to attract further high-quality jobs and investment.

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.