Image of exterior of Warrington Bank Quay train station.

Warrington’s rail transport aspirations remain on track following confirmation of Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) plans announced.


Following a statement made this afternoon in the House of Commons, NPR plans are being taken forward which includes government’s commitment to continue with and repurpose Phase 2B, also known as the Western Leg, of previous HS2 plans.

As part of this, Warrington Bank Quay looks set to play a central role in NPR plans. Taking account of local views, a low-level station at Bank Quay will be the primary option for the next stage of development for the route between Liverpool and Manchester.

This would give Warrington significantly more connectivity to Manchester Airport, Liverpool, Chester, North Wales, the wider North of England, and ultimately the West Coast Main Line via the existing ‘high level’ station.

This announcement follows years of dedicated work and lobbying by the council to ensure Warrington plays a prominent part in any NPR plans.

Warrington Borough Council’s Chief Executive, Professor Steven Broomhead MBE, said: “We warmly welcome today’s announcement which acknowledges the significant part Warrington has to play in taking Northern Powerhouse Rail plans forward. Today’s announcement isn’t just critical for Warrington, it is fundamental in helping to address regional and indeed national rail infrastructure limitations.

“Establishing a low-level station at Warrington Bank Quay will ensure that Warrington becomes better connected with the wider region and beyond, and is something we have been making the case for, for many years. There has been growing regional enthusiasm and consensus for making Warrington a focal point of connectivity for NPR and I’m pleased to see that those views and representations have been listened to.

“The plans put forward today also present significant regeneration opportunities around Bank Quay station. While we are working hard to seek further clarity on plans for the Warrington Western Link road scheme – which is an essential project which needs to be delivered to fully facilitate NPR – we are pleased to see from today’s announcement that Warrington is recognised as a critical location as part of rail plans for the region.”