Warrington and Newton Railway

Warrington And Newton Railway

Warrington and Newton Railway

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The Warrington and Newton Railway (W&NR) was an early railway company in England. It acted as a feeder to the original Liverpool and Manchester Railway (L&MR), providing services from those two cities to and from Warrington. It was surveyed and engineered by George Stephenson, and received its Act of Parliament on 4 May 1829.

The line opened on 25 July 1831 less than a year after the L&MR itself. The line ran for 4.5 miles (7.24 km) from a junction west of Newton-le-Willows with the L&MR at Newton Junction (now Earlestown) to the original Dallam Lane terminus in Warrington just north of the town centre, with a short south-western branch towards Bank Quay. A short south-eastern branch, provided for in its Act, was not opened until 1837.

The company had putative plans to extend north and south; effectively these were taken over by the newly formed Grand Junction Railway (GJR), to form part of the route from Birmingham to Liverpool and Manchester (via the L&MR) and northwards through Wigan. After much manoeuvering on both sides the W&NR agreed on 4 February 1835 to be absorbed by the GJR on the basis of a one for one share exchange and a guarantee of 4% interest until the GJR declared dividends. This was confirmed by Act of Parliament of 12 June 1835. An end-on junction was built on the present route around the west side of Warrington, and a new station was built slightly to the north of today's Bank Quay station.

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