Olive Mount cutting

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Olive Mount cutting
Olive Mount railway cutting, Liverpool (1).JPG
The view towards Wavertree Technology Park railway station, with the junction to Olive Mount chord in the foreground.
Status Operational
Locale United Kingdom (Liverpool
North West England)
Coordinates 53°24′21″N 2°54′46″W / 53.4057°N 2.9127°W / 53.4057; -2.9127Coordinates: 53°24′21″N 2°54′46″W / 53.4057°N 2.9127°W / 53.4057; -2.9127
Stations 0
Opened 1830
Owner Network Rail
Number of tracks Double track with junction
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
The excavation of Olive Mount, four miles from Liverpool.

Olive Mount cutting is a 2 miles (3.2 km) sandstone railway cutting,[1] 4 miles (6.4 km) from Liverpool, along the railway to Manchester, which was opened in 1830.[2] The cutting is 80 feet (24 m) deep[3] and is situated between Wavertree Technology Park and Broad Green railway stations. The railway's engineer, George Stephenson, had hoped to avoid the problem of creating the cutting for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway by routing the line further north.[4] However, this plan was objected to by the Earl of Derby and the Earl of Sefton.[4] Originally, the cutting was only 20 feet (6.1 m) wide at the top, being widened in 1871.[5] The cutting was originally designed for two tracks, being widened to allow four tracks to enter Liverpool Lime Street, as traffic had heavily increased since the station was built.[6]


  1. ^ "Olive Mount". Spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  2. ^ "South Liverpool: Wavertree including Mossley Hill". Allertonoak.com. 2013-01-04. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Subterranea Britannica: Sites: Liverpool - Edge Hill Cutting and Tunnels". Subbrit.org.uk. 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  4. ^ a b "Historic Wavertree, Liverpool - The Olive Mount railway cutting". Wavsoc.awardspace.info. 2000-02-26. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  5. ^ Ashmore 1982, p. 166
  6. ^ "Olive Mount Cutting, 1881 - Photos - Our collection - National Railway Museum". Nrm.org.uk. 2013-02-28. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 


  • Ashmore, Owen (1982). The Industrial Archaeology of North-west England. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9780719008207. OCLC 8555887. 

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