Port Sunlight railway station

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Port Sunlight National Rail
General view looking south.JPG
Location
PlacePort Sunlight
Local authorityWirral
Coordinates53°20′55″N 2°59′54″W / 53.3485°N 2.9983°W / 53.3485; -2.9983Coordinates: 53°20′55″N 2°59′54″W / 53.3485°N 2.9983°W / 53.3485; -2.9983
Grid referenceSJ336840
Operations
Station codePSL
Managed byMerseyrail
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 0.678 million
2015/16Increase 0.700 million
2016/17Decrease 0.659 million
2017/18Decrease 0.624 million
2018/19Increase 0.742 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTEMerseytravel
ZoneB1
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 Port Sunlight from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Port Sunlight railway station serves the Port Sunlight area of the Wirral, England, a model village built for the workers of the nearby Lever Brothers soap factory. The station is situated on the Chester and Ellesmere Port branches of the Wirral Line, part of the Merseyrail network.

History[edit]

Port Sunlight station is on the former Birkenhead Railway and opened as Port Sunlight Halt for workmen only on 1 May 1914. It became a public station (Port Sunlight) on 9 May 1927.[1] Direct train services to Liverpool began in 1985, when the line between Rock Ferry and Hooton was electrified; previously passengers for Liverpool had to change at Rock Ferry. Further electrification in early 1990s allowed electric train services to be extended, first to Chester in 1993 and then Ellesmere Port in 1994.

Facilities[edit]

The station is staffed, during all opening hours, and has platform CCTV.[2] There are toilets, a payphone, a vending machine and a booking office. There are departure and arrival screens, on the platform, for passenger information. Each of the two platforms has sheltered seating. The station does not have a car park, though there is roadside parking available. The station does have a cycle rack with 6 spaces, and a secure cycle locker with 60 spaces.[3] Access to the station booking office is by steep ramp. However, there is no easy access for passengers with wheelchairs or prams to the platforms, as this is by subway and staircase only.[4]

Services[edit]

Trains operate every 15 minutes between Chester and Liverpool on weekdays and Saturdays until late evening when the service becomes half-hourly, as it is on Sundays. Additionally there is a half-hourly service between Liverpool and Ellesmere Port all day, every day.[5] Northbound trains operate via Hamilton Square station in Birkenhead and the Mersey Railway Tunnel to Liverpool. Southbound trains all proceed as far as Hooton, where the lines to Chester and Ellesmere Port divide. These services are all provided by Merseyrail's fleet of Class 507 and Class 508 EMUs.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Private and Untimetabled Railway Stations by G.Croughton page 115
  2. ^ Station Facilities for Port Sunlight Accessed 2013-12-20
  3. ^ Port Sunlight train station facilities, Merseyrail Accessed 2017-02-19
  4. ^ Port Sunlight Station Plan Accessed 2013-12-20
  5. ^ "Wirral Line timetable" (PDF). Merseyrail. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013.

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