Positioned on the River Douglas, Wigan is a Lancashire own that is centrally located between Manchester and Liverpool city centres. Many commuters call Wigan home due its close proximity to these cities and its speedy train connection to London. Wigan flourished during the industrial revolution and today it is one of the major towns of Lancashire.
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Moving to Wigan
The population of Wigan is extremely varied and it is popular with those of all ages. For this reason, there are a multitude of different properties available and Wigan’s surrounding villages are also a great place to property hunt too.
If you are looking to buy in Wigan you will find a property on the spectrum of £40,0000 to £1 million. There is simply something to suit every taste and budget. In terms of rental opportunities, even modern one bedroom apartments start at as little as £375 pcm. Smaller houses tend to fetch around £495 and rise to £550 pcm for three bedrooms. Much larger properties, such as a four-bed detached, will set tenants back upwards of £800 pcm.
Schools in Wigan
There are countless primary schools in Wigan and where children attend usually depends on the catchment area. Therefore, if parents have their heart set on a specific primary school for their child, it is best to live as close as possible. Some of the most popular include St Mary and St John Catholic Primary, St Oswald’s Catholic Primary, Bickershaw CofE, Holy Family Catholic Primary and Standish St Wilfrid’s.
When it comes to secondary schools there are three which often top the tables. Standish Community High School, St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High and St Peter’s Catholic High often have waiting lists when it comes to admissions.
Transport Links Wigan
With the M6 and M58 in the west and M61 in the east, drivers are spoilt for choice when it comes to commuting to and from the town. Liverpool is just a 35-minute drive away in good traffic, whereas a stint on the M6 will often see a journey to Manchester taking 40 minutes.
Aside from the usual local and regional buses that serve large towns, Wigan also has two railway stations. Wigan North Western is the bigger of the two stations, boasting six platforms. Trains travel from this station to the likes of Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport, Liverpool Lime Street, Birmingham New Street, London Euston, Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley.
The other station is Wigan Wallgate. Typical Monday to Friday off-peak services include one train per hour to Manchester Airport (via Manchester Piccadilly), one to Blackburn, one to Manchester Victoria and one to Bolton.