Having posted about Aintree Central, Sefton & Maghull, Lydiate and Southport Lord Street Stations recently this is the concluding post about the stations in between Lydiate and Southport Lord Street.
Without the excellent Disused Stations UK web site and its contributors I suspect that there would be no central, easily accessible record of long lost railways and stations such as these on the Cheshire Line Extension Railway.
Please visit the site at:-
Our long forgotten journey starts after we have left Lydiate heading northwards into deepest rural West Lancashire.
To put the route in context here is a map with Aintree Central the starting point at the bottom middle.
Altcar & Hillhouse Station in 1954
Mossbridge Station in 1930
Woodvale Station in 1905
Ainsdale Beach Station 1951
Birkdale Palace Station in the early 1900’s
Drainage works have closed a section Sandy Lane, Lydiate between its junctions with Moss Lane and Blackhurst Road for the last few days and it remains closed today.
I have recently posted about Aintree Central Station (02/12/13) together with Sefton & Maghull (22/11/13) and Lydiate (28/11/13) Stations. Aintree was the starting point for the long gone Cheshire Lines Extension Railway to Southport. Here, via the link above, we have the holiday town destination of Southport Lord Street Station.
This fascinating site has some good photos and accurate historical facts.
We will have a look at the other stations between Lydiate and Southport in a future posting.
So what a new bus shelter, you might say. And you would be right had it not taken more years to get it installed than I care to remember. And it’s not just me that’s banging away at Merseytravel over recent years as I know that a number Maghull/Lydiate residents and Cllr. Jane Day of Maghull Town Council have raised the lack of a shelter at this rather exposed spot.
As a point of reference it is close to Wickes Aintree store on the A59 on the northbound carriageway. Getting the shelter installed here is an important move forward because anyone travelling by bus to Aintree’s Retail parks from Maghull and Lydiate needs to be able to keep dry as they wait for the bus home. For years they have not been able to keep dry so a big thank you to Merseytravel for putting the new shelter in. It may have taken too long as far as some folk are concerned but at least it is there now.
We have got used to Labour’s gung-ho approach to building houses; they seemingly will build any number anywhere in Sefton. Don’t worry about the Green Belt we can build houses on it. Don’t worry about high grade agricultural land we can grow houses on it!
Now they are even claiming the Thornton – Switch Island Link Road as an excuse to build houses as their Leader Cllr. Peter Dowd says of it, “Combined with new housing and employment opportunities in years to come, the road will encourage investment and improve the economic viability of the Borough for future generations.”
Sadly, those future generations will need the high grade agricultural land, that Labour seems so keen to concrete over, to feed themselves. Are there no environmental voices with Sefton Labour any more? They seem more like a branch of the House Builders Federation!
SATURDAY 14th SEPTEMBER 1957
Liverpool Tram 869 (Not the last tram) in Crich Tramway Village, Derbyshire. Photo from 2008
Members of the Public who wish to ride on the LAST TRAMCARS, which will leave the PIER HEAD between 5-30 p.m. and 6-0 p.m. on 14th SEPTEMBER, are invited to apply on POSTCARDS ONLY for not more than TWO TICKETS, to :-
The General Manager
LIVERPOOL CORPORATION PASSENGER TRANSPORT
24 HATTON GARDEN, LIVERPOOL, 3
CLOSING DATE – SATURDAY, 24th AUGUST, 1957
If more applications are received that seats available allocation will be made by BALLOT and those successful will be notified to COLLECT TICKETS (Price 1/- Each) covering journey from Pier Head to Bowring Park and Return to Edge lane Depot.
RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT may apply for ONE FREE TICKET ON TRAMCAR provided for them. Their POSTCARDS should be ENDORSED “EX L.C.P.T.”