Map of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway
1829
 

Originally, the railway between Bolton and Kenyon was in two sections. The Act for the 7¾-mile long Bolton and Leigh Railway received the Royal Assent on the 31 March 1825 and the Act for the 2½-mile long Kenyon and Leigh Junction Railway received the Royal Assent on the 14 May 1829.

The Act for the 4½-mile long Warrington and Newton Railway received the Royal Assent on the 4 May 1829.

The Act for the 7-mile long Wigan Branch Railway between Wigan and Parkside/Newton received the Royal Assent on the 29 May 1830.