Fazakerley railway station

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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 National Rail
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Fazakerley railway station in 2012
Location
Place Fazakerley
Local authority Liverpool
Coordinates 53°28′08″N 2°56′12″W / 53.4690°N 2.9368°W / 53.4690; -2.9368Coordinates: 53°28′08″N 2°56′12″W / 53.4690°N 2.9368°W / 53.4690; -2.9368
Grid reference SJ379974
Operations
Station code FAZ
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*
2011/12 Decrease 0.861 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.790 million
2013/14 Increase 1.062 million
2014/15 Increase 1.088 million
2015/16 Steady 1.088 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Merseytravel
Zone C1
History
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
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* 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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Fazakerley railway station is a railway station in Fazakerley, Liverpool, England. It is situated on the Kirkby branch of the Northern Line of the Merseyrail network.

History[edit]

The Liverpool and Bury Railway (L&BR) was authorised in 1845,[1] but while it was under construction, the L&BR amalgamated with the Manchester and Leeds Railway (M&LR) in 1846,[2] and the M&LR in turn was renamed the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in 1847.[3] The line opened on 20 November 1848;[4] one of the original stations was Simonswood.[5][6] This station was renamed twice: it had become Aintree by 1850,[7] and in March 1860 it took its present name Fazakerley[8] to avoid confusion with the nearby Aintree station on a different line,[6] which had opened in 1849.[9]

At the time of opening, the mileage of the station was 29 12 miles (47.5 km) from Bury.[6] but this has since been amended to 31 miles 31 chains (50.5 km) from Manchester Victoria via Wigan.[10]

To the north-east of the station is Fazakerley Junction, 30 miles 72 chains (49.7 km) from Manchester Victoria,[10] which is where the North Mersey Branch once headed westwards towards Gladstone Dock.[11] 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.[10] 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.[12]

Facilities[edit]

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.[13]

Services[edit]

During Monday to Saturday daytimes, there are trains every 15 minutes between Kirkby and Liverpool Central. In the evenings and all day Sunday, trains operate every 30 minutes.[14]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Marshall 1969, p. 129.
  2. ^ Marshall 1969, p. 130.
  3. ^ Marshall 1969, p. 65.
  4. ^ Marshall 1969, p. 132.
  5. ^ Butt 1995, p. 212.
  6. ^ a b c Marshall 1969, p. 133.
  7. ^ Butt 1995, pp. 212, 14.
  8. ^ Butt 1995, pp. 14, 95.
  9. ^ Butt 1995, p. 14.
  10. ^ a b c Yonge 2005, map 41A.
  11. ^ Marshall 1969, p. 160.
  12. ^ "Disused Stations - Rainford Junction Signal Box" Disused Stations; Retrieved 25 March 2016
  13. ^ "Fazakerley train station | timetable | ticket prices & facilities". www.merseyrail.org. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  14. ^ Table 104 National Rail timetable, December 2016

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Kirkby
Terminus
  Merseyrail
Northern Line
  Rice Lane
towards Liverpool Central