St Helens Junction railway station

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St Helens Junction National Rail
Station building, St. Helens Junction railway station (geograph 3818805).jpg
Place Sutton, Merseyside
Local authority St Helens
Grid reference SJ535932
Station code SHJ
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.260 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.252 million
2013/14 Increase 0.344 million
2014/15 Increase 0.359 million
2015/16 Increase 0.386 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Merseytravel
Zone A1
1833 Opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at St Helens Junction from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

St Helens Junction railway station is a railway station serving St Helens, Merseyside, England. It is in Sutton, 3 miles south-west of St Helens town centre. The station is on the electrified northern route of the Liverpool to Manchester Line, 12 miles (19 km) east of Liverpool Lime Street (on the former Liverpool and Manchester Railway). The station and all trains calling there are presently operated by Northern.


The station was first opened in 1833,[1] following commencement of operations on the main Liverpool - Manchester railway and was named "Junction" because it was located at the junction of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway with the former St Helens and Runcorn Gap Railway branch to the present St Helens Central. That route which opened on 21 February 1833 closed to passengers in 1965 (and completely in 1989), but the name remains. The station originally had three platforms - two through lines and a bay platform on the northern side of the main building which mostly dealt with local services (this is now part of the station roadway approach and car park arrangements).

To the west of the station on the south side of the line stood the London and North Western Railway tarpaulin factory, known locally as 'the sheeting sheds', access from Monastery Lane being provided by a footbridge known as 'the pudding bag bridge', a favourite location of trainspotters in the 1950s as the steam engines of westbound trains were being fired to climb the Sutton bank with its 2.5 km of 1 in 90 gradient.

The lines through the station were due to be electrified by December 2014[2] but the work was finally completed in early March 2015, 3 months behind schedule.[3] Some long distance services to Leeds, York and the North East that were lost when the Liverpool - York (and beyond) Transpennine trains that were diverted via Warrington Central and Manchester Piccadilly in 1989 will be regained as part of the new TransPennine Express franchise agreement, although the current TPX Liverpool to Newcastle service passes through St. Helens Junction without calling (first stop is Manchester Victoria).

Concern has been expressed that parking space at the station is inadequate given the present and potential number of rail users.[4] [5]

The station building was listed as a Grade II listed building on 14 October 2016. The reasons given were: its historic interest, representing a second generation of station buildings; its Classical design; its degree of survival, being relatively unaltered; and its group value with other listed buildings on the line.[6]


The station is staffed throughout the day (including Sundays), with the ticket office (on the eastbound-platform) open from 15 minutes before start of service until 23:50 each evening. There are shelters on each platform, along with customer help points, timetable poster boards and digital display screens to provide train running information. Step-free access is available to both platforms, though that for the westbound one requires staff assistance (as it is via a steep ramp and locked gate).[7] The two platforms are also linked by footbridge.


On Monday to Saturday daytimes, there are three trains per hour in each direction. Trains head west to Liverpool Lime Street and east to one of Manchester Victoria, Manchester Airport or Warrington Bank Quay, with an hourly service to each.[8]

The service to Manchester Airport calls only at Newton-le-Willows on its way to Manchester, with the Manchester Victoria trains serving all intermediate stations. The frequency drops to hourly during the evening, when most eastbound trains run to Manchester Victoria. Electrification has seen the introduction of 4-Car Class 319 electric trains on the Manchester Airport, Manchester Victoria and Warrington Bank Quay services.

Sundays see an hourly service in each direction to Liverpool and to Manchester Piccadilly & Manchester Airport but no direct service to Manchester Victoria.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wainwright, Stephen R. (2014). "An Illustrated History of Old Sutton in St.Helens, Part 29 (of 77) - Transport in Sutton (St.Helens)". Sutton Beauty & Heritage. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Electrification in the North". Network Rail. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  3. ^ First 319s run on NorthernRailnews; Retrieved 6 March 2015
  4. ^ Wilson, Anthony (24 October 2013). "Letters: The rail car park at Junction Station is too small". St Helens Star. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Historic England, "St Helens Junction Station (1437498)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 21 October 2016 
  7. ^ St Helens Junction station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 22 December 2016
  8. ^ Table 90 National Rail timetable, May 2016

External links[edit]

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Liverpool to Manchester Line
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Liverpool to Manchester Airport Line

Coordinates: 53°26′02″N 2°42′00″W / 53.434°N 2.700°W / 53.434; -2.700