Southport railway station

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This article is about the railway station in Southport, England. For the American railroad station, see Southport (Metro-North station).
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Southport
Location
Place Southport
Local authority Sefton
Coordinates 53°38′49″N 3°00′07″W / 53.647°N 3.002°W / 53.647; -3.002Coordinates: 53°38′49″N 3°00′07″W / 53.647°N 3.002°W / 53.647; -3.002
Grid reference SD338171
Operations
Station code SOP
Managed by Merseyrail
Number of platforms 6
Live arrivals/departures and station information
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  1.550 million
2005/06 Increase 1.582 million
2006/07 Increase 1.669 million
2007/08 Increase 1.681 million
2008/09 Increase 3.095 million
2009/10 Decrease 2.950 million
2010/11 Decrease 2.886 million
2011/12 Decrease 2.675 million
2012/13 Decrease 2.496 million
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History
22 August 1851 Opened (as Southport Chapel Street)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Southport from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Southport railway station serves the town of Southport, Merseyside, England. It is at the end of one of the branches of the Northern Line of the Merseyrail network, and at the end of the Manchester-Southport Line. The station and services to Liverpool and Hunts Cross are run by Merseyrail, and Manchester services are operated by Northern Rail.

History[edit]

The Liverpool line was originally built in 1848 by the Liverpool, Crosby and Southport Railway to a temporary station at Eastbank Street, about half a mile short of the current terminus. The current station opened as Southport Chapel Street on 22 August 1851, and became the terminus for all trains in 1857, when passenger services were transferred from the adjacent Southport London Street.[1]

From 1882 the West Lancashire Railway to Preston Fishergate Hill operated from Southport Derby Road (later known as Southport Central) outside Chapel Street Station.

In 1884, another line from Southport to Liverpool was opened: the Cheshire Lines Committee's (CLC) North Liverpool Extension Line from Liverpool Central to Southport Lord Street. The West Lancashire Railway sponsored the Liverpool, Southport and Preston Junction Railway to provide a connection to the CLC line, joining it at Altcar and Hillhouse. These lines ultimately proved uncompetitive, however, and the Southport services were withdrawn in January 1952.[2]

In July 1897, both the West Lancashire and the Liverpool, Southport and Preston Junction Railways were absorbed into the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L&Y). The L&Y had a large terminus at Southport Chapel Street and could see no sense in operating two termini at very close proximity. On 1 May 1901 the L&Y completed a remodelling of the approach lines to Southport Central to allow trains to divert onto the Manchester to Southport line and into Southport Chapel Street Station. Southport Central was closed to passengers and it became a goods depot eventually amalgamating with Chapel Street depot.[3] It survived intact well into the 1970s.

The Preston line was closed to passengers on 7 September 1964,[4] although a small section to Hesketh Park station was used for freight until 1967. This line had its electric local services to Crossens and its through steam services withdrawn on consecutive days immediately before the official closure date - the only such route to suffer that fate during the Beeching-era closures. Nowadays, the towns of Southport and Preston are linked only by the (largely dual-carriageway) A565 and A59 roads.

At its largest, Chapel Street station had eleven regular platforms and two excursion platforms. Now six truncated platforms are in use (platforms 1-3 for Liverpool trains & 4-6 for Manchester), the rest having been demolished and the land used for car parking. In the 1970s the former terminal building was replaced with a shopping centre. Platform 7 was originally going to be saved and used as an excursion platform for when mainline specials were to visit the resort but this failed and it too was demolished along with platforms 8, 9 & 10.

Remains of the signal box, carriage & wagon works & sub station are still visible today but planned for demolition in the future as surplus to requirements.

The sidings next to the former South Curve still remain today but are not much used.

Facilities[edit]

Two Merseyrail Class 507 units stand in Platforms 2 and 3.
A Northern Rail-liveried Class 156 stands in Platform 5.

The main entrance to this staffed station is located on the pedestrianised Chapel Street, one of Southport's main shopping areas. The car park immediately next to the station is reserved for taxis and staff only, but a large pay car park further along London Street is available for general public use.[5]

A new M to Go shop opened in 2007, incorporating a ticket office, and the station itself underwent a £3.5m renovation project which included a renewed roof, new lighting, glazed screens, floor tiles and toilets plus a retail unit.[6] Ticket barriers are in operation at this station.

Services[edit]

Merseyrail[edit]

Monday to Saturday, trains depart every 15 minutes towards Hunts Cross via Liverpool Central.

Less trains operate on Sundays, with the frequency reduced to one service every 30 minutes, except during the summer, where the service is increased to 4 trains per hour. 2 of these additional services terminate at Liverpool Central, with the remaining two continuing further towards Hunts Cross.

Merseyrail services can only utilise the electrifed platforms numbered 1, 2 or 3.

Northern Rail[edit]

The Monday to Saturday service pattern generally sees 1 train per hour (tph) operate towards Manchester Victoria via Atherton and 1 tph towards Manchester Airport via Bolton and Manchester Piccadilly. Since mid-May 2014, on weekdays only, one late afternoon service continues beyond Manchester Victoria towards Leeds via Stalybridge and Huddersfield.

On Sundays, throughout the year, the typical service pattern is 1 tph to Stockport via Bolton and Manchester Piccadilly, with services continuing either to Hazel Grove or Chester via Altrincham.

Northern Rail services normally depart from platforms 4, 5 or 6, although services can also use platform 3 if required.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gell, Rob (1986). An Illustrated Survey of Railway Stations Between Southport & Liverpool 1848-1986. Heyday Publishing Company, ISBN 0-947562-04-4.
  2. ^ Marshall, J (1981). Forgotten Railways: North West England. David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd, Newton Abbott. ISBN 0-7153-8003-6; p 80
  3. ^ Disused Stations - Southport CentralDisused Stations; Retrieved 2013-11-18
  4. ^ Marshall, J (1981). Forgotten Railways: North West England. David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd, Newton Abbott. ISBN 0-7153-8003-6; p.152
  5. ^ Station facilities at Southport station, National Rail. Retrieved 9 June 2008.
  6. ^ "Station transformation well under way", Network Rail, 6 November 2007. Retrieved on 8 May 2008.

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