Hightown railway station

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Hightown National Rail
Hightown Railway Station (geograph 2994454).jpg
Location
PlaceHightown
Local authorityMetropolitan Borough of Sefton
Coordinates53°31′30″N 3°03′25″W / 53.525°N 3.057°W / 53.525; -3.057Coordinates: 53°31′30″N 3°03′25″W / 53.525°N 3.057°W / 53.525; -3.057
Grid referenceSD300036
Operations
Station codeHTO
Managed byMerseyrail
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 0.312 million
2014/15Increase 0.317 million
2015/16Decrease 0.314 million
2016/17Decrease 0.308 million
2017/18Increase 0.311 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTEMerseytravel
ZoneD2
History
Key datesOpened 1848 (1848)
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Hightown from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Hightown railway station serves the village of Hightown in Merseyside, England. The station is located on the Southport branch of the Merseyrail network's Northern Line.

History[edit]

Hightown opened in 1848 as an intermediate station on the Liverpool, Crosby and Southport Railway (LCSR).

It became part of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (LYR), on 14 June 1855,[1] which had absorbed the LCSR. The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway amalgamated with the London and North Western Railway on 1 January 1922 and in turn amalgamated with other railways to create 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).

In 2002, the station won the Arriva Trains Merseyside ‘Best Kept Station’ award. A plaque is displayed at the entrance of the Ticket Office.

In February 2019, as part of the Merseyrail platform upgrade works, both of the platforms were raised in preparation for the British Rail Class 777 METRO units, coming into operation in 2020.[citation needed]

The station is staffed, from 15 minutes before the first train until 15 minutes after the last train.

Platform 1 (Southbound) has a waiting room, ticket office, cycle storage and a photo booth, whilst Platform 2 (Northbound) has a shelter, a payphone and cycle storage. There are live dot-matrix departure screens, for passenger information and platform CCTV on both platforms. The platforms are linked via a stepped bridge but both may be accessed via road.[2]

Services[edit]

Northbound trains operate to Southport, and Southbound trains to Hunts Cross via Liverpool Central.

On mondays to Saturdays there are four trains an hour throughout the day in each direction; on Sundays there are two per hour.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Awdry, p. 88
  2. ^ "Hightown train station". www.merseyrail.org. Retrieved 15 February 2017.

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Formby
towards Southport
  Merseyrail
Northern Line
  Hall Road
towards Hunts Cross