St Helens Junction railway station
|St Helens Junction|
|Local authority||St Helens|
|Managed by||Northern Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|between 1833 and 1837||Opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at St Helens Junction from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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St Helens Junction railway station is a railway station serving St Helens, Merseyside, England. It is in Sutton, 3 miles south-west of St Helens town centre. The station is on the northern route of the Liverpool to Manchester Line, 12 miles (19 km) east of Liverpool Lime Street (on the former Liverpool and Manchester Railway). The station and all trains calling there are operated by Northern Rail.
The station was first opened in 1833, following commencement of operations on the main Liverpool - Manchester railway and was named "Junction" because it was located at the junction of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway with the former St Helens and Runcorn Gap Railway branch to the present St Helens Central. That route which opened on 21 February 1833 closed to passengers in 1965 (and completely in 1989), but the name remains. The station originally had three platforms - two through lines and a bay platform on the northern side of the main building which mostly dealt with local services (this is now part of the station roadway approach and car park arrangements).
To the west of the station on the south side of the line stood the London and North Western Railway tarpaulin factory, known locally as 'the sheeting sheds', access from Monastery Lane being provided by a footbridge known as 'the pudding bag bridge', a favourite location of trainspotters in the 1950s as the steam engines of westbound trains were being fired to climb the Sutton bank with its 2.5km of 1 in 90 gradient.
The lines through the station are due to be electrified by December 2014 and will likely regain the long distance services to Leeds, York and the North East that were lost when the Liverpool - York (and beyond) Transpennine trains were diverted via Warrington Central and Manchester Piccadilly in 1989.
Today, previously less important stations between Liverpool and Manchester (such as Rainhill) have greater patronage, as they serve much larger local areas of population, leaving St Helens Junction as one of the minor stations on the line, although concern has been expressed that this could be due to parking space at the station being inadequate for potential users.
On Monday to Saturday daytimes, there are three trains per hour in each direction. Trains head west to Liverpool Lime Street and east to one of Manchester Victoria, Manchester Airport or Warrington Bank Quay, with an hourly service to each.
The service to Manchester Airport calls only at Newton-le-Willows on its way to Manchester, with the Manchester Victoria trains serving all intermediate stations. The frequency drops to hourly during the evening, when most eastbound trains run to Manchester Victoria.
Sundays see an hourly service in each direction to Liverpool and to Manchester Piccadilly & Manchester Airport but no direct service to Manchester Victoria.
A Northern Rail Class 142 departs from the station
- Wainwright, Stephen R. (2014). "An Illustrated History of Old Sutton in St.Helens, Part 29 (of 77) - Transport in Sutton (St.Helens)". Sutton Beauty & Heritage. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
- "Electrification in the North". Network Rail. Retrieved 2013-03-10.
- Wilson, Anthony (24 October 2013). "Letters: The rail car park at Junction Station is too small". St Helens Star. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
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Liverpool to Manchester Line
Liverpool to Manchester Airport Line
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