Giant U Turn? Well a small one anyway as Hightown is saved from station closure during event

Little girl and her dog near the old Mersey Tunnel entrance during the last Giants tour of Liverpool.

I blogged about this only a few days ago and it seems that public pressure has brought about some concessions regarding the number of Merseyrail Stations that will close during the The Giants Spectacular in Liverpool in a couple of weeks time. But even with these limited concessions Merseyrail and the powers that be who are organising the event have managed to cheese off a lot of the travelling public by closing stations on the network.

Hightown is one station reprieved:-

Hightown Station

The BBC has the story on its web site – see link below:-

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-45627563

With thanks to Keith Page for the lead to this posting.

Altcar Rifle Station

I blogged about this former railway station just to the north of the present Hightown Station on Merseyrail’s Northern Line between Liverpool and Southport not so long ago. My previous posting is available via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2017/11/26/altcar-riffle-range-station/

I have now taken a photo of the remains of the former station’s platforms and it’s below. They can be clearly seen from the footpath/cycle path that runs from Hightown to Formby.

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Altcar Rifle Range Station

Yes there really was once a station serving the rifle range but it closed for good in 1921.

The Station was only a third of a mile north of the present Hightown Station (on the modern-day Merseyrail Liverpool – Southport line) and if my eyes were not deceiving me I am sure I could make out the brickwork of one of the platforms when I cycled by the site recently.

The station opened in 1862 and was called ‘Hightown Rifle Station’ but was renamed ‘Altcar Rifle Range’ in 1886.

A small narrow gauge munitions tramway ran from the station into the firing range.

I recently purchased a photo of the station and here it is:-

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And here’s a present day view looking north towards where Altcar Rifle Range Station would have been from the road over-bridge where North End Lane crosses the line above Hightown Station’s platforms:-