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Written by Mark Bearton - 09 Jan 2005
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Location notes
The footbridge at Coppull is on the West Coast Main Line between Preston and Wigan.
Railway type and traffic
There are regular passenger services operated by Pendolinos on the London trains, Voyagers on the Birmingham trains, and class 142/150 and 156 units on the Liverpool trains.
There is a variety of freight services, with DB Schenker Coal, Departmental and Enterprise workings, Freightliner and DRS all making an appearance.
The footbridge is on the edge of a small estate and is relatively quiet.
Road directions
From the M6, Junction 27:
Turn west onto the A5209 towards Parbold before immediately turning right onto the B5250 towards Eccleston. Take the next right again onto Boundary Lane, which crosses the M6 and then turns sharp left parallel to it, then right again. Follow this road until its end. Turn left onto the A49 and continue for about a mile. Just after a right hand bend, turn right into Coppull Moor Lane. This road runs fairly straight until it crosses the Main Line. Turn left by the Waggon and Horses pub. Continue along here until you come to a large Caravan showroom on the left.

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Coppull map co-ordinates
Park your car opposite the showroom and the footpath leads along the southern side of this to the footbridge.
Public transport
Arriva service 362 operates every 15 minutes between Wigan and Chorley and passes through Coppull village. Alight near to the railway. If you alight on the eastern side of the line, take Lancaster Street to the south, turning right at the end onto Chapel Lane until you reach the Caravan showroom, the footpath being immediately after on the right.
If you alight on the western side of the line in the village, head south along South Road into the estate and keep to the roads as close to the line as possible. You will see the footbridge on the left beyond a playground.

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There are no toilets in the area. There are shops in Coppull Village.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.

Googly map
Streetmap links
Coppull general view map
Coppull close up map

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Photographic notes
The light is best here in an afternoon for south-bound trains. The catenary can get in the way slightly, but due to there only being two tracks now, it is easier to limit this.
Shots looking south are possible from the bridge and from the eastern side of the line over the fence, though these are invariably into the sun.

General views - All photographs © Mark Bearton unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking south

Fig 2 - Looking south

Fig 3 - Looking south

Fig 3 - Looking south

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