Saturday, 17 August 2013

125: Bolton - Preston

The 125 between Bolton and Preston is operated by Stagecoach, but the most useful publicity map showing all places served is that issued with the timetable by Transport for Greater Manchester. It is a high frequency service, with a turn-up-and-go frequency Mon-Sat daytimes and every half-hour evenings and Sundays. See the new timetable here. Click here to discover other bus routes in the North West.

The 125 starts off from stand M (after 1900 and all day Sundays) or U (before 1900 Mon-Sats) at Bolton's Moor Street Bus Station:

Before you leave Bolton, why not visit one of Bolton's attractions, which include The Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre?

To see the first part of the 125's route in detail, take a look at TfGM's Bolton bus map. That shows you the way the 125 takes to Horwich.


You're still in Greater Manchester here, just. Horwich itself is on TfGM's Wigan North map.

While in Horwich, why not try the town's top rated restaurant, Spice Valley? Horwich is also a great starting point for a scenic walk to Rivington Pike or Winter Hill.

After leaving Horwich, the 125 leaves Greater Manchester, so if you're travelling on a System One Daysaver ticket, this is as far as it gets you.


The next major stop is Adlington, where the 125 stops just a short walk from Adlington Railway Station.


We continue to Chorley, home of the cake, where the 125 serves not just a Bus Station, but an Interchange, adjacent to Chorley Railway Station.

Stop off in Chorley to visit Astley Hall. Click for other Chorley attractions.

Bamber Bridge

In Bamber Bridge, you can stop for a pint and/or some food at the well regarded Ye Olde Hob Inn. The 125 stops right outside!


The 125 terminates at Preston Bus Station, one of the biggest in the country.

There's plenty to see and do in Preston. Try the Museum of Lancashire or the Harris Museum. Click for other attractions in Preston.

Major bus routes connecting with the 125. Stagecoach Lancashire Dayriders can be used on the red routes. Green routes are operated by various other companies.

If not starting or finishing your day in Bolton, you can use TfGM's destination finder to see what other buses serve the bus station, then look up the current timetable for any bus route in Greater Manchester here
If arriving or leaving Bolton by train (the quickest and easiest way to/from Manchester), you can easily look up times here and rail fares here.

In Horwich, you can connect with Arriva 575 to and from Wigan. It also runs between Horwich and Bolton, but on a parallel route to the 125. It's not run by Stagecoach though, so unless you're travelling on a Greater Manchester System One ticket, you'll need to pay again to use the 575.

At Adlington, the 125 stops just a short walk from Adlington rail station. Timetable here, live departures here, departure list here and fares here.

From Chorley, buses run in many directions. Here's a map of Stagecoach services. All buses are listed on the Interchange's destination finder and stand list. Timetables for all buses in Lancashire can be found here.
Chorley rail station is right next to the Interchange. Click for live departures, departure list and fares.

Bamber Bridge rail station is useful for trains on the route between Blackpool South and Colne via Blackburn. Click for the rail timetable, live departures, departure list and fares.
Bamber Bridge is covered by Stagecoach's Preston route map, which also tells you where you can connect to with your Stagecoach ticket from Preston Bus Station.

From Preston Bus Station, major connecting routes and destinations with Stagecoach are: 113 Wigan, 2X Southport, 61/68 Blackpool, 40/41 Lancaster, 59 Blackburn.
Preston rail station is a short walk from the bus station. Click for live departures, departure list and fares. If you want to get the train back to Bolton, an adult single is £9.00


The cheapest day ticket that is valid for the whole 125 route is the Stagecoach Lancashire Dayrider at £7.40.

If you want to travel up into Cumbria, then you can with the £10.80 Explorer ticket.

If you're only going to be using the 125 between Bolton and Horwich and want to travel to or from anywhere else in Greater Manchester by bus, train, tram or a combination of the three, then a System One Daysaver (£5.20 for the adult off-peak bus only version) is for you.

The TfGM Wayfarer at £12.00 is valid on the 125 between Bolton and Chorley, plus it's valid on all buses, trams and trains across all of Greater Manchester, the Peak District and more. It's also valid on trains as far as Chorley. See the full zone map here. Watch out though, as Wayfarers cannot be bought on buses, only from Paypoint outlets and staffed rail stations in the zone of validity.

If you're only going to be travelling on the 125 between Preston and the Pines Hotel in Clayton Green,
then you can use a £4.40 Preston Mega Dayrider.

A Chorley Plus Dayrider at £4.50 is valid between Horwich and Walton Summit.

Full details of all of Stagecoach's Lancashire tickets and the zone's boundaries can be found here.

Plusbus tickets are valid on sections of the 125 in the relevant zones. Click for full details of the Plusbus tickets and zones for Bolton, Chorley and Preston.

All of the information in this post is correct at the time of writing, but please check the relevant links before travelling.

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