Moreton (Merseyside) railway station

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Not to be confused with Moreton (Dorset) railway station.
Moreton National Rail
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A Merseyrail Class 507 at Moreton
Location
Place Moreton
Local authority Wirral
Grid reference SJ260906
Operations
Station code MRT
Managed by Merseyrail
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Decrease 0.731 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.676 million
2013/14 Decrease 0.543 million
2014/15 Increase 0.552 million
2015/16 Decrease 0.535 million
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Zone B1
History
1866 Opened
1938 Electrified
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Moreton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Moreton railway station is situated in Moreton, Wirral, England. The station is on the West Kirby branch of the Wirral Line, which is part of the Merseyrail network.

History[edit]

Moreton station opened for regular service on 2 July 1866, on the Hoylake Railway, between Hoylake and Birkenhead Docks.[1][2] By 1898, the station had a small signal box towards the eastern end of the westbound platform, and a siding to the south of the station.[3] West of the station, sidings for Moreton brickworks were added around 1903.[3][4] The signal box was replaced in 1932, and moved to the north side of the tracks beyond the eastern end of the platform.[5][6]

The platform buildings were replaced in 1938, rebuilt in an identical style to one at Hoylake.[7][8] Through electric services to Liverpool Central commenced on 13 March 1938, when the LMS electrified the lines from Birkenhead Park to West Kirby.[9][10] The service was provided by the then-new LMS electric multiple units. However, on Sunday mornings, the service was provided by the older Mersey Railway electric units which, up until that point, had only ever run from Liverpool to Birkenhead Park.[11]

Cadbury had a private siding adjacent to the station after 1956, although their freight trains had ended by 1971.[12][13] The 30-lever signal box closed on 17 September 1994, and was demolished on 13 November 1994.[13][14]

Facilities[edit]

The station has a booking office and a 34-space car park, a cycle rack for 4 cycles and secure storage for 20 cycles. The station is staffed, 15 minutes before the first train and 15 minutes after the last train, has departure and arrival screens for passenger information, and platform CCTV. Each platform has open-air seating, a waiting room and a payhone.[15]

Services[edit]

Current services are every 15 minutes (Monday to Saturday daytime) to West Kirby and Liverpool. At other times, trains operate every 30 minutes.[16] These services are provided by Merseyrail's fleet of Class 507 and Class 508 EMUs.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maund 2009, p. 10
  2. ^ Maund 2009, p. 7
  3. ^ a b Maund 2009, p. 121
  4. ^ Mitchell & Smith 2014, map XI
  5. ^ Maund 2009, p. 153
  6. ^ Mitchell & Smith 2014, fig. 39
  7. ^ Maund 2009, p. 164
  8. ^ Mitchell & Smith 2014, fig. 41
  9. ^ Gahan 1983, p. 63
  10. ^ Maund 2009, p. 166
  11. ^ Gahan 1983, p. 67
  12. ^ Mitchell & Smith 2014, fig. 42
  13. ^ a b Mitchell & Smith 2014, fig. 43
  14. ^ Maund 2009, p. 227
  15. ^ "Moreton train station | timetable | ticket prices & facilities". www.merseyrail.org. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  16. ^ "Wirral Line timetable" (PDF). Merseyrail. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 

Sources[edit]

  • Gahan, John W. (1983). Steel Wheels to Deeside - The Wirral Railway past and present. Birkenhead: Countryvise. ISBN 0-907768-70-9. 
  • Maund, T.B. (2009). The Wirral Railway and its Predecessors. Gloucestershire: Lightmoor Press. ISBN 978-1-899-88938-9. 
  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2014). Birkenhead to West Kirby. West Sussex: Middleton Press. ISBN 978-1908174611. OCLC 885451764. 

External links[edit]


Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Meols
towards West Kirby
  Merseyrail
Wirral Line
  Leasowe
towards Liverpool Central

Coordinates: 53°24′29″N 3°06′47″W / 53.408°N 3.113°W / 53.408; -3.113