PLANS to reopen Golborne railway station will be discussed in a public meeting next month.

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham will attend the meeting along with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) officers at Golborne Sports and Social Club.

It will be held at the Stone Cross Lane North venue on Tuesday February 18 at 7.30pm when the possibility of reopening the station at the former Railway Road site, which was last open in 1961, will be on the agenda.

The event will follow a meeting attended by Golborne and Lowton West councillors and Andy Burnham in October.

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Golborne councillors Susan Gambles, Gena Merrett and Yvonne Klieve with Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham

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A previous bid to open the station in 2008 was supported by Wigan Council and former Leigh MP Mr Burnham but funding was not secured for the plans.

Proposals to reconnect Golborne to the rail network comes following a surge of houses being built in the area which has increased traffic on the roads.

There is no direct bus service from the area to Manchester and there is limited public transport to the nearest railway station, Newton-le-Willows.

TfGM carried out undertake a feasibility study to see if the station could be re-opened with results due out later this year.

Mr Burnham is backing the campaign to improve public transport in the area and reduce road congestion and air pollution.