Garston (Merseyside) railway station

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Garston (Merseyside)
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A Class 507 unit at Garston (Merseyside) railway station
Place Garston
Area Liverpool
Coordinates 53°21′26″N 2°53′41″W / 53.3572°N 2.8946°W / 53.3572; -2.8946Coordinates: 53°21′26″N 2°53′41″W / 53.3572°N 2.8946°W / 53.3572; -2.8946
Grid reference SJ405848
Original company Cheshire Lines Committee
Pre-grouping Cheshire Lines Committee
Post-grouping CLC
London Midland Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
Annual rail passenger usage
2004/05 *  190,778
2005/06 * Increase 222,247
2006/07 * Decrease 42,886
1 April 1874 (1874-04-01) Opened as Garston
17 April 1972 Closed
2 January 1978 Reopened as Garston (Lancs)
1979 Renamed Garston (Merseyside)
10 June 2006 (2006-06-10) Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
* Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Garston (Merseyside) from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Garston station was a railway station in the Garston district of Liverpool, England. The station was located on the Northern Line of the Merseyrail suburban rail network. The station was closed in 2006 when it was replaced by Liverpool South Parkway, which is a combined bus and rail interchange. The proximity of the stations was so close the platforms of South Parkway nearly merged onto the Garston station's platforms.


A 1913 Railway Clearing House map showing (left) railways in the vicinity of Garston

The station was opened on 1 April 1874 by the Cheshire Lines Committee.[1] It was served by local services between Liverpool Central, Warrington and Manchester, and also to Aintree Central on the North Liverpool Extension Line.

In 1960 the passenger service to Aintree was cut back to Gateacre. In 1966 services from Manchester were diverted to Liverpool Lime Street, leaving Garston with just the Gateacre-Liverpool train. This service continued until 17 April 1972, when Garston station closed[1] along with the line from Liverpool Central.

In 1978 the former CLC route through Garston was partially reinstated as part of the electrified Northern Line of Merseyrail, and the station reopened on 2 January 1978[1] as a single platform terminus for services from Kirkby. Prior to the 1972 closure, the station had been named simply Garston, but upon reopening in 1978, it became Garston (Lancs), which was changed in 1979 to Garston (Merseyside).[1] In 1983 services were extended further south to Hunts Cross and Garston once again became a through station with two platforms. In 1984 services were diverted to run to Southport instead of Kirkby.

In 2004 work began on a combined rail-bus interchange at Liverpool South Parkway. The new station's proximity to Garston rendered the old station surplus to requirements. Garston closed on 10 June 2006 and Liverpool South Parkway opened the following day.

The station was demolished soon after closure and no trace remains as of 2013.[2]


At the time of closure, trains operated to Southport via Liverpool Central to the north, and Hunts Cross to the south at 15 minute intervals, Monday-Saturday daytimes. During evenings and all day Sundays, the frequency was every 30 minutes.

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Line and station open
Northern Line
  Hunts Cross
Line and station open


  1. ^ a b c d Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 101. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ "Disused Stations - Garston"Disused Station; Retrieved 10 May 2016

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