Rice Lane railway station
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A view of the ticket office, from the footbridge.
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|20 November 1848||Opened as Preston Road|
|14 May 1984||Renamed Rice Lane|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Rice Lane from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Rice Lane railway station is a railway station in Liverpool, England, located to the north of the city centre in the Walton district. It is on the Kirkby branch of the Merseyrail network's Northern Line.
The station was opened on 20 November 1848, and was known as Preston Road until 14 May 1984.
Trains operate every 15 minutes between Kirkby and Liverpool Central, and every 30 minutes at other times.
The station's name was changed in the 1980s not because of any changes in the road network, which had remained unchanged for over 50 years but because the name harked back to when it was opened in 1848. The station was built in open country side where the railway line crossed the Liverpool to Preston Turnpike Road "the Preston Road". With the coming of the railway, came residential development and commuting into Liverpool. Even then that part of turnpike road was called Rice Lane, after a local land owner.
In the 1980s the local Rice Lane Community Association persuaded Ken Swallow, the Director General of the local Passenger Transport Executive, that it would be sensible to have a station name that reflected the actual street name. Rice Lane Community Association sponsored the renaming of the station, and had a commemorative plaque erected, which sadly was stolen a few years later.
A Merseyrail Class 508 arrives with a service.
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- Station information for Rice Lane railway station from Merseyrail
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towards Liverpool Central
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