The route closed in stages. In 1960 the line closed to passengers
between Aintree and Gateacre.In 1972 passenger trains to Gateacre
were withdrawn. Freight trains, however, continued to use the line
until 1979. The line has not been used since, and the
trackbed now forms part of National Cycle Network Route 62, the
Route of line today.
The line was planned to be re-opened and electrified as far as
Gateacre when Merseyrail was created but this never happened.
Historic Map showing some of the lines
to be reused
Hunts Cross junction with CLC Liverpool to Manchester