Sandhills railway station is
a railway station in Kirkdale, Liverpool, UK, located to
the north of the city centre on the Northern Line of the Merseyrail network. It was built by the
Crosby and Southport Railway Company and now stands at the
junction between the branch to Southport and the branch to Ormskirk and Kirkby.
The usage figures for the station underestimate the actual usage as
it is a busy interchange station. 71,953 interchange passengers are
recorded for 2004-5, but passenger statistics do not include
travellers using Saveaway or other multi-mode tickets. The two platforms form
a single island, overlooking the River Mersey on one side, and the former industrial area of
Commercial Road on the other.
It is also used by football
fans heading for Liverpool F.C.
and Everton F.C.
matches: a bus
service called Soccerbus runs between the station and the football
stadiums on match-days only.
Passengers have to walk up a ramp to reach the ticket office, then
through a subway and up ramps to reach the platform.
station was closed for refurbishment on 17 November, 2007, and
reopened on 7 July, 2008 - with the refurbishment still largely
incomplete - in order to cater for passengers travelling to
Birkdale for the
2008 Open Championship, and
Liverpool for the 2008 Tall Ships Race.
work at the station will be fully completed in early 2009.
opened in 1850 as an intermediate station when the Liverpool, Crosby and
Southport Railway was extended from its previous terminal at
Waterloo to Liverpool Exchange.
It became part of the Lancashire and Yorkshire
in 1904, who took over from the LCSR. The Lancashire
and Yorkshire Railway amalgamated with the London and North Western
on 1 January 1922 and in turn was Grouped
into the London, Midland and
in 1923. Nationalisation
followed in 1948 and in 1978
the station became part of the Merseyrail Network's Northern Line
(operated by British Rail
in 1995). The station had 4
platforms until it was rationalised in the 1970s.
An extensive refurbishment plan for the station was suggested in
2006 which involves the building of a completely new booking hall
and greatly improved facilities on the platform. A new overall roof
is under construction - originally intended to cover the entire
length of the platform, but now only covers approximately half. In
addition, the station's entrance will be moved from Sandhills Lane
to Dunes Way, a little used industrial road. This will allow a
dedicated bus-rail interchange point to be built, improving
transport beyond the station to localities such as Kirkdale, Anfield and Everton.
On 24 April 2007, improvement works to the
station at a cost of £6million were agreed. In November 2007, it
was announced that the station would be closed from 17 November
2007 until March 2008 for refurbishment. The refurbishment work was
extended until July 2008, when the station reopened in a partly
completed state. The full completion of the work at the station
will be finished in early 2009 and a second phase of works to
develop a bus turnaround facility in front of the station is
planned in 2010.
Off-peak service frequency is as follows:
During late evenings and on Sundays, frequencies are reduced to 2
tph on the Ormskirk and Kirkby lines. On Sundays, frequencies are
reduced to 2 tph beyond Liverpool Central to Hunts Cross. On winter
Sundays, frequencies are also reduced to 2 tph on the Liverpool
Central to Southport section, giving a total 6 tph from all lines
between Sandhills and Liverpool Central.
- The station is named after the road, Sandhills Lane, which the
main entrance is located on. There is no locality in Liverpool
named Sandhills, the lane taking its name from Sandhills, a large
house on the site of the station belonging to local solicitor and
property speculator John Shaw Leigh.