Birkenhead Park railway station
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The station was opened on 2 January 1888, as a joint station between the Wirral Railway and the Mersey Railway. It replaced the Wirral Railway's original terminus at Wallasey Bridge Road (close to the present-day Birkenhead North station), becoming an interchange between their line to West Kirby and the Mersey Railway's new line to central Liverpool. On the same day, the Wirral Railway's new line to Wallasey Grove Road opened, which was extended to New Brighton later that year.
On 6 December 1922 an accident occurred at the station. The train heading to West Kirby, which was late, was leaving the station and collided with a train from West Kirby. There was one fatality and twelve people were injured. This was the only fatal passenger accident to occur on the Wirral Railway.
In 1903, the Mersey Railway to Liverpool was changed over from steam to electric trains. In 1938, the lines to West Kirby and New Brighton were electrified by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, allowing through services to central Liverpool, so the need to change at Birkenhead Park was removed. It was normal for the new LMS trains to operate the Liverpool to West Kirby route, and the older Mersey Railway trains to operate the Liverpool to New Brighton route.
From its opening the station had two island platforms, to facilitate across-platform transfer between the Mersey Railway and the Wirral railway. Mersey trains normally used the outer faces, and Wirral trains the inside faces, with trains of both companies shunting between arrival and departure. From the 1938 electrification of the Wirral lines, and the integration of both services, the additional facilities beyond a simple two-track through station became unnecessary, despite which the layout retained all four platforms, two in each direction, until the 1970s, with the outer platform faces hardly used apart from a handful of trains which were stored outside peak hours in the sidings which remained at all four corners of the station and outside the island platforms. In the 1970s there were a number of rationalisations to the layout, at one stage through trains used the outer tracks of the station while a bay platform was fashioned between these to allow a proposed Liverpool to Birkenhead Park extra peak hour shuttle service, which in the event was never started. The layout was then altered again to the current one, retaining the former southern island platform for all trains in both directions, with the former northern platform demolished and now heavily overgrown. There was also a small Mersey Railway electric car shed at the north-eastern end of the station, which held two 6-car trains. This was built on the level, with the tracks towards the tunnel to Liverpool dropping steeply alongside, and was also removed in the 1970s.
The station is staffed, during all opening hours, and has platform CCTV. The island platform has a waiting shelter. There is a payphone, booking office and live departure and arrival screens, for passenger information. Being easy for pedestrian access, the station doesn't have a car park. Wheelchair and pram access to the platform is possible, and also relatively easy, via the ramp-staircase. Though, as yet, platform access has not been modernised to the standard of that at Hooton.
Facilities nearby include a convenience store, post office, and several fast food restaurants. Bus services run along the road, outside the station, and along Park Road (100m towards the park).
Trains operate every 15 minutes (Monday to Saturday daytime) to New Brighton and West Kirby and every 5–10 minutes via Hamilton Square and the Mersey Railway Tunnel to Liverpool. At other times, trains run every 30 minutes to New Brighton and West Kirby, and every 15 minutes to Liverpool. These services are all provided by Merseyrail's fleet of Class 507 and Class 508 EMUs.
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