North West O Gauge Modellers
O Scale North West Model Railway & Trade Show at the Leigh Sports Village
1. Leigh Sports Village
The O Scale North West Model Railway & Trade Show is held in the Sports Hall which is in the Leigh Sports Centre, which is part of the Leigh Sports Village.
The Leigh Sports Village is a multi-use sports, retail and housing development located just to the south west of Leigh Town centre and is accessed from the A579, Atherleigh Way and by pedestrian routes from the town and surrounding area.
2. Going By Car
The easiest way to get to the Leigh Sports Village is to use the M6, getting off at Junction 23 and head east towards Manchester on the A580 East Lancs Road til you get to the lights at the junction with the A579. Turn left here and head North until you reach the roundabout at the entrance to the Leigh Sports Village bear right and go past the Marston's pub which is on the left. Carry on past the Leigh Centurians Rugby Football Ground which should also be on your left. The Morrisons is on your right and the Holiday Inn is in front of you. The Leigh Sports Centre for the Show is the building further on the left, beyond the Rugby Ground. Park up where you want, preferably near to the Sports Centre. The public entrance to the Sports Centre is on the side furthest from the Rugby Ground . Go in and dog leg to the right around the desk and walk down the hallway. The entrance to the Sports Hall is then on the right where your money will be taken. Traders or exhibitors should keep on going around to the far side of the Sports Centre, furthest from Morrisons where there is an loading/unloading area with easy access into the Sports Hall.
From the M60 it is also more difficult. Wikipedia says there is no access at J14 to the A580 when going clockwise around the M60. So approaching this way you have the choice of either using J13 and heading for the A580, either up the A575 Walkden Road or go via Boothstown and then turn left on the A580 towards Liverpool, then right at the A579. Or go on to J15 which takes you up the M61. Take J4 off the M61, go south to the A6 Salford Road, then west for a short way to the A579, head south, going through Atherton and approach the Sports Village from the North.
Approaching anticlockwise on the M60, get off at J14 and head west for Liverpool till you meet the A579.
This is before you get to Leigh itself and the Sports Village is on the right. It is well sign posted and there will be extra yellow & black NWOGM signs.
If you use a SatNav - the address is Leigh Sports Village, Sale Way, Leigh, Lancashire WN7 4JY.
3. Public Transport.
If arriving by bus. the bus station in Leigh is in King Street. If you decide to walk from here, the south end of King Street crosses the Bridgwater Way and becomes St Helens Road which continues in a southerly direction, just to the east of the Sports Village. It looks like Scofield Street makes a good cut through which brings you out at the back of the Rugby Ground. Have a good look at the Google maps given above.
There is no railway to Leigh. Different people have different ideas about the best way to get to Leigh on public transport.
The nearest main line railway station is Manchester Piccadilly. There is a bus service every hour from Manchester Piccadilly Gardens (Plaza) to Leigh but apparently it makes approx. 53 stops en route and is not recommended.
The best way to get from Manchester Piccadilly to Leigh is to use a local train service and then a bus service. The nearest railway station to Leigh is Newton-le-Willows. This looks to be the best route but, some say the best way is via Bolton or Wigan town centres. Another way is via Salford Crescent. From one of these places get the bus to Leigh Town Centre, then the bus out to the Sports Village or walk this last stage. Do ask the local natives for help. They are generally quite sociable and will give help when asked.
I don't propose to put up specific bus or train information on here until we are nearer the show time as it may be subject to change and you may have your own preference. Here are some useful websites. You may have your own other favourite website, please use use that instead. All websites below should link you though by clicking on the website address:
To get to Manchester Piccadilly there is the National Rail website - http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ Type in your local station/postcode in the from box and then type "man" in the to box, click on Manchester Piccadilly, then put in the date and time needed.
Some prefer the Traveline website - http://www.traveline.info/ Type in your start place name or postcode and the postcode for the Sports Village given above. Put in the date and time and click Lets Go. A selection of options for travel will appear.
An alternative is the Rome2rio website - https://www.rome2rio.com/ Again you need to type in place names or post codes and this time a map will appear with optional methods of travel given.
And finally here is the Transport for Greater Manchester Route Finder for buses - http://www.tfgm.com/route-explorer/Pages/rx/index.html Type in where you intend to start your bus journey from and the postcode for the Leigh Sports Village. Put in the date and time and click on the search button for details of the buses.
The Premier Inn at Haydock is nearby with great rates on rooms: http://www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/HAYSTO
For Google Maps - click here.
For the latest road traffic news in the Manchester area - click here.