Ellesmere Port railway station

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Ellesmere Port National Rail
View from the footbridge, Ellesmere Port Railway Station (geograph 2987150).jpg
A Merseyrail Class 507 at the station.
Place Ellesmere Port
Local authority Cheshire West and Chester
Coordinates 53°16′56″N 2°53′46″W / 53.2821°N 2.8962°W / 53.2821; -2.8962Coordinates: 53°16′56″N 2°53′46″W / 53.2821°N 2.8962°W / 53.2821; -2.8962
Grid reference SJ403764
Station code ELP
Managed by Merseyrail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.218 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.215 million
2006/07 Decrease 0.158 million
2007/08 Increase 0.191 million
2008/09 Increase 0.222 million
2009/10 Increase 0.266 million
2010/11 Increase 0.291 million
2011/12 Decrease 0.275 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.239 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Merseytravel
Zone G1
1 July 1863 opened as Whitby Locks
1 September 1870 renamed Ellesmere Port
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Ellesmere Port from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Ellesmere Port railway station is located in the town of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, England. It is the terminal station of two lines on separate rail networks. The station is one of the termini of the Wirral Line of the Merseyrail network. The station is also the terminus of Northern Rail's Ellesmere Port to Warrington Bank Quay line.


The station is situated on the branch of the Birkenhead Railway from Hooton to Helsby which opened in 1863. The station itself opened on 1 July 1863, as Whitby Locks.[1] It was renamed Ellesmere Port on 1 September 1870.[1] The station building is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]

Ellesmere Port became part of the Merseyrail network in 1994, when the line from Hooton was electrified and through train services to Liverpool's city centre via Birkenhead commenced.


The station is staffed from Monday to Friday, between 06:05 and 14:00, and is unstaffed otherwise. The station has platform CCTV, a 109-space car park and a cycle rack with 10 spaces.[3] Each platform has a waiting shelter. There are live electronic departure and arrival screens, on the platform, for passenger information. There is a payphone, next to the entrance, on platform 1. The station has vending machines, within the station concourse, next to the booking office.[4] Platform 1, for Merseyrail services, can be accessed by ramp, for passengers with wheelchairs or prams. Platform 2, for Northern Rail services, can only be accessed by staircase. Cross-platform access, within the station, is also by staircase only. Platform access has not been modernised to the standard of that at Hooton.

There has been a recent experiment, on Saturdays, to see whether the booking office can justify being opened at the weekend. At other times, passengers may purchase tickets from the Ticket Vending Machine located on the platform. This machine can issue tickets to any destination on the rail network. Passengers failing to purchase a ticket will be liable for a Penalty fare if they board a Merseyrail service without obtaining a valid ticket.

Work is currently underway on improvements to the station office building on platform 1 which will include a new and improved ticket office, a new toilet, a new café and retain most of the building's classic features and works could be completed by late 2014.


Merseyrail Wirral Line services operate every 30 minutes each day (including Sunday) towards Birkenhead and Liverpool.[5] These services are all provided by Merseyrail's fleet of Class 507 and Class 508 EMUs.

As of June 2012, Northern Rail operates a limited service (four trains per day each way, Mondays to Saturdays only) to Helsby via Stanlow & Thornton and Ince & Elton, two of which continue to Warrington Bank Quay (one on Saturdays).[6]


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  1. ^ a b Butt (1995).
  2. ^ Historic England. "Ellesmere Port Railway Station (1329997)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Ellesmere Port train station facilities, Merseyrail Accessed 2014-01-30
  4. ^ Station Facilities for Ellesmere Port Accessed 2014-01-30
  5. ^ "Wirral Line timetable" (PDF). Merseyrail. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  6. ^ "Northern Rail timetable number 15" (PDF). Northern Rail. 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. Liverpool to Manchester Airport and Warrington Bank Quay via Earlestown (includes Helsby to Ellesmere Port) 


Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Overpool   Merseyrail
Wirral Line
Terminus   Northern Rail
Ellesmere Port to Warrington Line
Mondays-Saturdays only
  Stanlow and Thornton