Weekdays services from Walkden have changed little in recent years but from May 2010 an hourly Sunday service has operated from Walkden to Wigan and Manchester.
Monday to Friday services to Manchester start at around 6.30am and - after a couple of peak hours with slightly more frequent trains - settle into a regular pattern of two trains per hour in each direction.
In the evenings services drop to one train per hour in each direction, with the last train out of Manchester leaving sometime after 11pm (currently 11.20pm).
In December 2012 evening services were re-timed in consultation with FOWS to improve connections at Manchester Victoria.
There is no longer a summer-only additional through service to Blackpool from Walkden.
All westbound services from Walkden run to Wigan Wallgate and during the day continue to either Kirkby (where passengers can change for connections to Liverpool) or to Southport via Burscough. In the evening, all westbound trains terminate at Wigan.
All trains east from Walkden run to Salford Crescent, Salford Central and Manchester Victoria where the majority terminate. There are occasional services that continue forward to Rochdale or Todmorden; these are useful where they coincide with travel plans but are generally not frequent enough to be particularly useful.
Click on the following links for more information to help plan your journey to or from Walkden.
Northern Rail's Southport to Manchester Timetable (18 May 2014 - 5 Oct 2014)