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Ellesmere Port railway station

Coordinates: 53°16′56″N 2°53′46″W / 53.2821°N 2.8962°W / 53.2821; -2.8962
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Ellesmere Port
Merseyrail National Rail
507007 at the station.
General information
LocationEllesmere Port, Cheshire West and Chester
Coordinates53°16′56″N 2°53′46″W / 53.2821°N 2.8962°W / 53.2821; -2.8962
Grid referenceSJ403764
Managed byMerseyrail
Transit authorityMerseytravel
Line(s)Hooton–Helsby line
Other information
Station codeELP
Fare zoneG1
ClassificationDfT category E
Key dates
1 July 1863opened as Whitby Locks
1 September 1870renamed Ellesmere Port
2018/19Increase 0.426 million
2019/20Increase 0.472 million
2020/21Decrease 0.179 million
 Interchange  167
2021/22Increase 0.376 million
 Interchange Increase 379
2022/23Increase 0.429 million
 Interchange Increase 3,894
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Ellesmere Port railway station is located in the town of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, England. The station was an intermediate through station on the Hooton–Helsby line. Now all passenger services terminate at the station from both directions. It is both a terminus of the Wirral Line, a commuter rail system operated by Merseyrail and of Northern Trains services to Warrington Bank Quay. Departures and arrivals of Merseyrail services are on platform 1 with departures and arrivals to Warrington Bank Quay on platform 2.



The station is situated on the branch of the Birkenhead Railway from Hooton to Helsby which opened in 1863. The station itself opened on 1 July 1863, as Whitby Locks.[1] It was renamed Ellesmere Port on 1 September 1870.[1] The station building is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]

Ellesmere Port became part of the Merseyrail network in 1994, when the line from Hooton was electrified by British Rail and through train services to Liverpool's city centre via Birkenhead commenced.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Long Term Rail Strategy document of October 2017, page 37, states that a trial of new Merseyrail battery trains will be undertaken in 2020, in view to extend the Wirral Line branch terminal to Helsby. If successful, Helsby will be one of the terminals of the Wirral line superseding Ellesmere Port.[3]



The station is staffed from Monday to Friday, between 06:05 and 14:00, and is unstaffed otherwise. The station has platform CCTV, a 109-space car park and a cycle rack with 10 spaces and secure storage for 14 cycles.[4] Each platform has a waiting shelter. There are live electronic departure and arrival screens, on the platform, for passenger information. There is a payphone, next to the entrance, on platform 1. The station has vending machines, within the station concourse, next to the booking office.[5] Platform 1, for Merseyrail services, can be accessed by ramp, for passengers with wheelchairs or prams. Platform 2, for Northern services, can be accessed by a passage alongside the staircase on Whitby Road.[6] Cross-platform access, within the station, is by staircase only.

Outside of the ticket office opening hours passengers must purchase tickets from the Ticket Vending Machine located on the platform. This machine can issue tickets to any destination on the rail network. Passengers failing to purchase a ticket will be liable for a Penalty fare if they board a Merseyrail service without obtaining a valid ticket.

In 2014 the station office buildings were improved on Platform 1, to include a new and improved ticket office, a new toilet, a new café and retention of most of the building's classic features and works.



Merseyrail Wirral Line services operate every 30 minutes each day (including Sunday) towards Birkenhead and Liverpool. Monday to Friday (except during the leaf-fall season in autumn), a few extra services run towards Liverpool in the morning and from Liverpool in the evening, giving a 15 minutes frequency in the peak direction only.[7] These services are all provided by Merseyrail's fleet of Class 507 and Class 777 EMUs.

As of May 2023, Northern Trains operates a limited service (two trains per day each way, Mondays to Saturdays only) to Helsby via Stanlow & Thornton and Ince & Elton.[8] No services stop at Stanlow, due to the poor condition of the station footbridge. The evening service from here continues beyond Helsby to Liverpool Lime Street via Warrington Bank Quay.

  • Platform 1 serves the westbound Merseyrail electric services.
  • Platform 2 serves the infrequent eastbound Northern Trains diesel train services to Warrington Bank Quay via Helsby.
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
TerminusNorthern Trains
Monday-Saturday only
(service suspended)

See also





  1. ^ a b Butt (1995).
  2. ^ Historic England. "Ellesmere Port Railway Station (1329997)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Ellesmere Port train station facilities, Merseyrail Accessed 2017-2-8
  5. ^ Station Facilities for Ellesmere Port Accessed 2014-01-30
  6. ^ "Google Maps".
  7. ^ Table 80 National Rail timetable, May 2023
  8. ^ Table 77 National Rail timetable, May 2023



Butt, R. V. J. (October 1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. OL 11956311M.

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