HINDLEY has been shortlisted as one of four North West rail stations that could take the prize of becoming the ‘The UK’s Best Loved Station’.

As part of the ‘World Cup of Stations’ organised by the Network Rail and the Rail Delivery Group, Hindley was one of 100 stations nominated by commuters across the country.

TV presenter Tim Dunn then whittled these down to 48 stations, which will be decided by voters on which area has the most loved station in the country.

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With Hindley shortlisted alongside Cheshire stations, Runcorn, Goostrey, and Birkdale in the North West category, the competition looks to shine a spotlight on the work of dedicated volunteers that support local stations.

Mostly due to the work of local community groups, nominated stations includes those that have become social hubs, those that support local businesses, those that educate or promote their local area, and those that have been made more sustainable

Despite currently being shut for rail electrification works, Hindley station has been improved and looked after by the 'Friends of Hindley Station' community group since 2006.

With voting opening online today (Wednesday, May 24), this year’s competition takes place during Community Rail Week (Monday 22 – Friday 26 May).

Leigh Journal: Hindley Station, on Ladies LaneHindley Station, on Ladies Lane (Image: Google Maps)

As Hindley and Goostrey are both Northern Rail stations, Chris Jackson, regional director for Northern, said: “Our stations are the very heart of the communities they serve and I hope the people of the Greater Manchester and Cheshire get behind Hindley and Goostrey as part of the ‘World Cup of Stations’ competition.

“Community Rail Week, in itself, is a great initiative that highlights the positive impact that stations like Hindley and Goostrey have on their local community.

“Whether it’s supporting local businesses, being used for a social space or making the local environment a better place by being more sustainable – these stations are helping to make a difference and it’s good to see that recognised.”

To vote on Network Rail's 'World Cup of Stations' competition, you can do so here.