Moorfields railway station

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Moorfields National Rail
Merseyrail Class 507, 507033, Moorfields railway station (geograph 4020388).jpg
A Merseyrail Class 507 at the Wirral Line platform
Place Liverpool
Local authority Liverpool
Coordinates 53°24′31″N 2°59′21″W / 53.4086°N 2.9892°W / 53.4086; -2.9892Coordinates: 53°24′31″N 2°59′21″W / 53.4086°N 2.9892°W / 53.4086; -2.9892
Grid reference SJ342907
Station code MRF
Managed by Merseyrail
Number of platforms 3
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.309 million
2005/06 Increase 0.384 million
2006/07 Increase 1.578 million
2007/08 Increase 2.082 million
2008/09 Increase 5.141 million
2009/10 Decrease 4.455 million
2010/11 Increase 4.637 million
2011/12 Increase 6.363 million
2012/13 Decrease 6.049 million
2013/14 Increase 6.541 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Merseytravel
Zone C1
Original company London Midland Region of British Railways
2 May 1977 Low Level platforms opened
30 October 1977 Deep Level platform opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Moorfields from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Moorfields station is an underground railway station in the city centre of Liverpool, England. The station is situated on both the Northern and Wirral Lines of the Merseyrail network. The station is the only station on the network having services to all other Merseyrail stations.


Shortly after the station opened in 1977

The station was built in the 1970s, as a replacement for Liverpool Exchange railway station, opening on 2 May 1977.[1] The station is accessed via entrances at Moorfields and on the corner of Old Hall Street and Tithebarn Street. The Old Hall Street entrance is open from only 5.30am until 7pm on weekdays.

Services from the north had previously terminated at nearby Liverpool Exchange terminus station. The newly created north-south crossrail Northern Line runs through Moorfields. Liverpool Exchange was closed and the line extended underground to the new Moorfields station. The line from the north continued through a new tunnel to Liverpool Central, continuing south to terminate at Garston. The line was later extended to Hunts Cross. At the same time, another new tunnel was built, carrying the Wirral Line in a loop from James Street via Moorfields, Lime Street, and Liverpool Central before returning to James Street; the Wirral Line platform opened on 30 October 1977.[1]

There are three platforms (two for the Northern Line and one for the Wirral Line) in two levels of tunnel. The Wirral Line platform is at a much deeper level to pass under the Queensway road tunnel

Passengers must, curiously for an underground station, go up an escalator from the Moorfields entrance to reach the ticket office - the station was originally intended to connect with a pedestrian walkway system, designed to separate pedestrians from traffic. Only a small section of the system was constructed in the 1970s and the scheme eventually fell by the wayside. From the ticket office, another escalator leads down to the main pedestrian tunnel which links the Northern and Wirral Line platforms and the Old Hall Street entrance.

The usage of the station Monday to Friday is much greater than the statistics show, since they credit "Liverpool" passengers to Lime Street station, and do not include day or season ticket holders. The station is however significantly quieter at weekends, since it is primarily used by people working in the business quarter and is less convenient for most of the city centre retail areas.

The station is due to be refurbished in 2015 as part of the £40 million investment from Network Rail to allow improvement works to take place at Merseyrail's underground stations, with the refurbishment of Moorfields costing £8 Million.[2] The station will close in parts. The Wirral Line platform closed on 13 April 2015 and will reopen on 2 August 2015. Northern Line Platform 2 will be closed from August 2015 - November 2015 and Northern Line platform 1 from January 2016 - April 2016.[3]


The first ever M to Go shop opened at the Old Hall Street entrance in 2006, acting as a combined snack shop/ticket counter, with another M to Go shop opened for the main entrance of the station in 2012.


Northern Line[edit]

Northbound trains run every 15 minutes (Monday to Saturday daytime) to each of Southport, Ormskirk and Kirkby.

Southbound trains run every five minutes to Liverpool Central. Trains originating from Southport continue to Hunts Cross, every 15 minutes.

Wirral Line[edit]

Services run every 15 minutes (Monday to Saturday daytime) to each of New Brighton, West Kirby and Chester. Services also run every 30 minutes to Ellesmere Port. These services give a combined frequency of five minutes around the loop and through the Mersey Railway Tunnel to Hamilton Square station in Birkenhead. At other times, trains operate every 30 minutes to each of the four destinations.[4] These services are all provided by Merseyrail's fleet of Class 507 and Class 508 EMUs.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 162. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Moorfields Closure 2015
  3. ^ Moorfields Closure
  4. ^ "Wirral Line timetable" (PDF). Merseyrail. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Sandhills   Merseyrail
Northern Line
  Liverpool Central
James Street   Merseyrail
Wirral Line
Lime Street