Birkdale railway station

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For the railway station in Australia, see Birkdale railway station, Brisbane.
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Birkdale National Rail
Platform Canopies, Birkdale Railway Station (geograph 2993010).jpg
Location
Place Birkdale
Local authority Sefton
Coordinates 53°38′02″N 3°00′52″W / 53.6340°N 3.0145°W / 53.6340; -3.0145Coordinates: 53°38′02″N 3°00′52″W / 53.6340°N 3.0145°W / 53.6340; -3.0145
Grid reference SD330157
Operations
Station code BDL
Managed by Merseyrail
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.252 million
2005/06 Increase 0.256 million
2006/07 Increase 0.270 million
2007/08 Increase 0.286 million
2008/09 Increase 0.820 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.783 million
2010/11 Decrease 0.770 million
2011/12 Decrease 0.735 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.702 million
2013/14 Increase 0.915 million
2014/15 Increase 0.955 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Merseytravel
Zone D1
History
31 July 1848 Opened 56 chains (1.1 km) nearer Liverpool
1851 Replaced on present site as "Birkdale Park"[1]
Before 1910 Renamed "Birkdale"[2]
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Birkdale from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Birkdale railway station serves the Birkdale suburb of Southport, England. The station is located on the Southport branch of the Merseyrail network's Northern Line.

History[edit]

The first Birkdale station opened on the then new, single track Liverpool, Crosby and Southport Railway. This station was located at "Old Gilbert's", over half a mile nearer Liverpool than the present station.[3] The line was subsequently developed rapidly, being doubled and completed through to Liverpool. In 1851 this station was replaced by a wholly new, two platform station called "Birkdale Park" which formed the basis of the present day station. By 1910 it had been renamed plain "Birkdale". Both the later station and the original station building at what had evolved to be mapped as "Gilbert's Crossing" can be seen on the Edwardian OS 6" map.[4] The old station building was not demolished until 1965.[5] By 2012 Gilbert's Crossing was completely obliterated by housing. It was just south of the junction of Dunkirk and Dover roads.

The line became part of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (LYR), on 14 June 1855.[6] who took over from the (LCSR). The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway amalgamated with the London and North Western Railway on 1 January 1922 and in turn was Grouped into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923. Nationalisation followed in 1948 and in 1978 the station became part of the Merseyrail network's Northern Line (operated by British Rail until privatisation in 1995).

The signal box adjacent to the station, built in 1905, is a Grade II listed building.[7] Birkdale is the only station on the line that still has a signal box.[citation needed]

Services[edit]

Trains operate every 15 minutes throughout the day from Monday to Saturday and on summer Sundays to Southport to the north, and to Hunts Cross via Liverpool Central to the south. Winter Sunday services are every 30 minutes in each direction.

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Southport
terminus
  Merseyrail
Northern Line
  Hillside
towards Hunts Cross