Meols railway station
Meols station sign outside entrance
|Number of platforms||2|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Meols from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Meols was one of the original stations on the Hoylake Railway, opening in 1866. The Hoylake Railway became part of the Wirral Railway in 1883, which subsequently became part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923. Through services to Liverpool began in 1938, when the line was electrified. The station was rebuilt to coincide with this.
In 1934 the signal box was closed and semaphore Intermediate Block Signals, controlled from Moreton and Hoylake boxes, were introduced, the only such signals on the Liverpool to West Kirby line. They broke the otherwise long distance between Moreton and Hoylake, the two signal boxes on either side. These semaphore signals remained until 1994 when the line was resignalled with colour-light signals. The station underwent refurbishment with work in 2010 which involved new glazing to the footbridge windows and staircase, redevelopment of existing buildings to provide enclosed passenger waiting shelters, a new passenger toilet and automatic entrance doors to the booking hall.
The station is staffed, 15 minutes before the first train and 15 minutes after the last train, and has platform CCTV. Each of the two platforms has a waiting room. There is a payphone, vending machine, booking office and live departure and arrival screens, for passenger information. The station has a free car park, with 62 spaces, as well as a 12-space cycle rack and secure indoor storage for 16 cycles. There is step-free access available only for the Liverpool-bound platform, for wheelchairs and prams.
In December 2014, it was announced that a lift would be installed at Meols station allowing access to both platforms. The lift was initially expected to be installed in 2016 though Network Rail currently expect the works to be completed by 2019 at the latest.
Current services are every 15 minutes (Monday to Saturday daytime) to West Kirby and Liverpool. At other times, trains operate every 30 minutes. These services are provided by Merseyrail's fleet of Class 507 and Class 508 EMUs.
A Merseyrail Class 508 arrives at Meols.
- "Network Rail -". webcache.googleusercontent.com. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
- Station Facilities for Meols Accessed 2013-12-18
- Meols train station facilities, Merseyrail Accessed 2016-12-15
- Pattinson, Rob (16 December 2014). "Meols train station to receive share of £60m government funding to improve passenger access". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
- Rigby, Emma (16 December 2014). "Lift to be fitted at Wirral station". Wirral Globe. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
- "Green light for access improvement at Wirral railway station". Wirral Globe. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
- "Wirral Line timetable" (PDF). Merseyrail. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-18.
- Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2014). Birkenhead to West Kirby. Middleton Press. figs. 44-47. ISBN 9781908174611. OCLC 885451764.
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- Station information for Meols railway station from Merseyrail
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
towards West Kirby
towards Liverpool Central