Fazakerley railway station
- This station was once named Aintree: for a guide to the various Aintree stations that have existed and their relationship to each other see Aintree Stations.
Fazakerley railway station in 2012
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
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|Original company||Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|20 November 1848||Station opens as Simonswood|
|by 1850||Renamed Aintree|
|March 1860||Renamed Fazakerley|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Fazakerley from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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The Liverpool and Bury Railway (L&BR) was authorised in 1845, but while it was under construction, the L&BR amalgamated with the Manchester and Leeds Railway (M&LR) in 1846, and the M&LR in turn was renamed the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in 1847. The line opened on 20 November 1848; one of the original stations was Simonswood. This station was renamed twice: it had become Aintree by 1850, and in March 1860 it took its present name Fazakerley to avoid confusion with the nearby Aintree station on a different line, which had opened in 1849.
To the north-east of the station is Fazakerley Junction, 30 miles 72 chains (49.7 km) from Manchester Victoria, which is where the North Mersey Branch once headed westwards towards Gladstone Dock. The branch has closed, but the junction remains as the point where the double track out of Liverpool becomes single track for the last few miles into Kirkby. The line eastwards was singled in May 1970, though through running beyond Kirkby (to Wigan Wallgate and Bolton) continued until the inauguration of electric operation in May 1977.
In common with most Merseyrail stations, it is staffed throughout the day - the street-level ticket office opens 15 minutes prior to start of service and closes at 00:25 each evening (including Sundays). At platform level, there are digital display screens, timetable posters and shelters on each side; a P.A system also provides automated train running information. The ticket office is linked to the platforms via a footbridge - this has a lift installed on each side to provide step-free access. The are cycle racks for 4 cycles and secure cycle storage for 20 cycles.
- Marshall 1969, p. 129.
- Marshall 1969, p. 130.
- Marshall 1969, p. 65.
- Marshall 1969, p. 132.
- Butt 1995, p. 212.
- Marshall 1969, p. 133.
- Butt 1995, pp. 212, 14.
- Butt 1995, pp. 14, 95.
- Butt 1995, p. 14.
- Yonge 2005, map 41A.
- Marshall 1969, p. 160.
- "Disused Stations - Rainford Junction Signal Box" Disused Stations; Retrieved 25 March 2016
- "Fazakerley train station | timetable | ticket prices & facilities". www.merseyrail.org. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
- Table 104 National Rail timetable, December 2016
- Butt, R. V. J. (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.
- Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687.
- Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-4352-1.
- Yonge, John (March 2005) . Jacobs, Gerald, ed. Railway Track Diagrams 4: Midlands & North West (2nd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. ISBN 0-9549866-0-1.
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- Station information for Fazakerley railway station from Merseyrail
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
towards Liverpool Central