Huyton railway station

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Huyton National Rail
Northern Rail Class 150, 150225, Huyton railway station (geograph 3818388).jpg
Northern Rail Class 150 heading to Liverpool in 2014
Location
Place Huyton
Local authority Knowsley
Grid reference SJ440906
Operations
Station code HUY
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 4 (3 in use)
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.393 million
2005/06 Increase 0.430 million
2006/07 Increase 0.426 million
2007/08 Increase 0.427 million
2008/09 Increase 1.189 million
2009/10 Decrease 1.150 million
2010/11 Increase 1.235 million
2011/12 Decrease 1.234 million
2012/13 Decrease 1.150 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Merseytravel
Zone C1/A3/C2/C3
History
1830 Opened
2010 Renovated
2015 Electrification and reopening of disused platforms
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Huyton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Huyton railway station serves the area of Huyton in Merseyside, England. The station acts as an interchange between the Liverpool-Wigan Line and the northern route of the Liverpool-Manchester Line which diverge soon after the station. It is one of the busier stations on these lines. The station is close to the shopping centre and bus station.

History[edit]

Huyton station was opened in 1830 as part of George Stephenson's Liverpool and Manchester Railway,[1] and as such is one of the oldest passenger railway stations in the world. The station was originally named as Huyton Lane Gate, then as Huyton Lane by 1839, and finally as Huyton around 1852.[2] The oldest surviving station buildings are from the LNWR period.[2] Until the 1970s, Huyton station had four platforms, but the two platforms on the northern side of the station (Platforms 3 and 4) were closed, and the track was lifted.

2010 modernisation[edit]

Almost £1 million was spent in modernising the station in 2010. The works include a new canopy on Platform 1, a new waiting shelter on Platform 2 and a new disability compliant toilet was also installed. Improvements also included updating the subway which provided better lighting, state-of-the-art CCTV and new seating areas.[3]

Liverpool to Manchester electrification[edit]

As part of the electrification of the Liverpool-Manchester Line, Platform 3 was brought back into use in time for the December 2014 timetable change.[4] This work also saw the station signal box closed and demolished as part of the associated resignalling scheme, which controlled the line between Roby and Rainhill (Earlestown line)/Prescot (Wigan line). The last few semaphore signals, which it formerly controlled, were removed in September 2012.

Future[edit]

Platform 4 is in the process of being re-instated,[5] as part of the improvements involved with the Liverpool to Manchester and Wigan electrification.

Facilities[edit]

Huyton is staffed and open for approximately 18 hours a day and is equipped with a booking office, a payphone and a vending machine. There is undercover seating on each platform, as well as customer help points and live departure and arrival screens. Recent improvements include lifts to the platforms and ramped walkways[6] from the subway, to allow step-free access to the platforms for passengers with wheelchairs or prams. Portable ramps are also available for access from the platforms to trains.[7] The station is close to Huyton bus station and the local shopping centre.[8] The station also has its own car park, a taxi rank and cycle racks.[9]

Services[edit]

The station is situated on the Liverpool to Wigan Line and Stephenson's Liverpool to Manchester Line, with the junction between the two lines being to the east of the station. The station has regular services, which involve approximately 20-30 minutes of travel, to Liverpool, Manchester and Wigan. There are 10 trains per hour passing through the station, all operated by Northern Rail or its subsidiary brand of Northern Electrics.

A Northern Electrics Class 319 at the newly-reopened platform 3, in 2015.
Whiston, Rainhill, Lea Green, St Helens Junction, Earlestown and Warrington Bank Quay
Prescot, Eccleston Park, Thatto Heath, St Helens Central, Garswood, Bryn and Wigan North Western
Whiston, Rainhill, Lea Green, St Helens Junction, Earlestown, Newton-le-Willows, Patricroft, Eccles and Manchester Victoria
St Helens Central, Wigan North Western, Euxton Balshaw Lane, Leyland, Preston and Blackpool North
Roby (4tph), Broad Green (4tph), Wavertree Tech Park (4tph), Edge Hill (4tph) and Liverpool Lime Street
1tph runs non-stop.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Huyton Timeline". Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "The Liverpool and Manchester". The 8D Association. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Bartlett, David (2009-12-01). "Revamp for Huyton train station". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Roby and Huyton Station Upgrade" (PDF). Merseytravel. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Roby and Huyton Station Upgrade" (PDF). Merseytravel. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Improving the railway at Huyton and Roby". Network Rail. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Huyton (HUY)". National Rail. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Huyton bus station" (PDF). Merseytravel. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Huyton Station Plan". National Rail. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
St Helens Central   Northern Rail
Liverpool-Preston/Blackpool
  Liverpool Lime Street
Roby   Northern Rail
Liverpool-Wigan Line
  Prescot
Roby   Northern Rail
Liverpool-Manchester line
  Whiston
Historical railways
Roby   Liverpool and Manchester Railway   Huyton Quarry

Coordinates: 53°24′36″N 2°50′35″W / 53.410°N 2.843°W / 53.410; -2.843