Meols Cop railway station

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Not to be confused with Meols railway station.
Meols Cop National Rail
Meols Cop
On the platform.
Location
Place Blowick
Local authority Sefton
Grid reference SD356170
Operations
Station code MEC
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  26,821
2005/06 Increase 31,563
2006/07 Increase 38,906
2007/08 Increase 44,316
2008/09 Increase 57,192
2009/10 Increase 57,592
2010/11 Increase 62,442
2011/12 Increase 64,642
2012/13 Decrease 63,722
Passenger Transport Executive
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Zone D1
History
1 November 1887 Opened
1909 Electrified
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Meols Cop from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Meols Cop railway station serves the Blowick suburb of the coastal town of Southport, Merseyside, England. The station has an island platform and is served by Northern Rail's Manchester Victoria - Southport via Wigan Wallgate branch services, on which it is the last stop before the terminus. The station is unstaffed and passengers must buy their tickets on the train.

History[edit]

Meols Cop railway station opened on 1 November 1887, originally as part of the Liverpool, Southport and Preston Junction Railway. It is the only part of that line still in use, having replaced a section of the Manchester and Southport Railway.

The line through Meols Cop was electrified in 1909 by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, though the third rail was only used for access to the nearby carriage works after the 1964 closure of the Southport-Crossens service. The works, Meols Cop Electric depot, closed in 1970, and the third rail was lifted shortly afterward.

Services[edit]

There is an hourly service in each direction to Southport and Manchester Victoria (via Atherton) on weekdays & Saturdays, with a few peak hour and late evening trains to Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport via Bolton.

The station was closed on Sundays up until the December 2008 timetable change, but is now served hourly in each direction (to Stockport eastbound, with alternate trains continuing to Chester via Altrincham).

Community[edit]

The station is voluntarily maintained by the Friends of Meols Cop Station group. The group looks after the station by tending the gardens and keeping the station clean and tidy.[1]

A well-maintained platform.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Friends of Meols Cop Station www.southport.gb.com
  • Gell, Rob (1986). An Illustrated Survey of Railway Stations Between Southport & Liverpool 1848-1986. Heyday Publishing Company, ISBN 0-947562-04-4.

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Bescar Lane
Burscough Bridge on Sundays
  Northern Rail
Manchester-Southport Line
  Southport
Burscough Bridge   Northern Rail
Manchester Airport-Southport
  Southport
Disused railways
Kew Gardens
until 1907
  Liverpool, Southport and
Preston Junction Railway
  Southport Ash Street
until 1902
Butts Lane Halt
from 1907
St Luke's
from 1902
Trains reverse   Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Southport-Crossens electric service
  Hesketh Park
St Luke's

Coordinates: 53°38′46″N 2°58′30″W / 53.646°N 2.975°W / 53.646; -2.975