Station Name: MOSSBRIDGE


[Source: Paul Wright]

Date opened: 1.9.1884
Location: On the south side of Moss Lane
Company on opening: Cheshire Lines Committee
Date closed to passengers: 1.1.1917
Date closed completely: December 1928
Company on closing: Cheshire Lines Committee
Present state: Demolished
County: Lancashire
OS Grid Ref: SD330083
Date of visit: 27.12.2005

Notes: Opened on the CLC Southport to Aintree line in 1886 the station was named Barton and Halsall until 1.8.1894 when it became Mossbridge.

The line was designed to give access to the lucrative holiday market at Southport as an alternative to the L&Y route. From the beginning the line was served by trains from Liverpool Central and from Manchester the former following a circuitous route that could not hope to compete with the direct Liverpool Exchange to Southport Chapel Street Route.

The Station consisted of two platforms with its main facilities being located on the northbound platform. A simple shelter was provided for Southbound passengers.
The station closed to passengers on 1.1.1917 as a wartime economy measure and it never re-opened.

Today the only clue to there ever having been a station here is an approach road that down from Moss Lane and some building debris hidden in the undergrowth.

Today the route of the line through the station site forms part of the Cheshire Lines Path which is itself part of the Trans Pennine Trail cycleway and footpath between Southport and Hull..

For stations on Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway click on the station name: Southport Lord Street, Birkdale Palace, Ainsdale Beach, Woodvale, Altcar & Hillhouse, Lydiate, Sefton and Maghull & Aintree Central

Mossbridge Station looking south east in 1930

The site of Mossbridge Station in July 2008 taken from the same viewpoint as the picture above
hoto by Dave Whittle

Looking north west from the site of Mossbridge Station in December 2005
hoto by Paul Wright




[Source: Paul Wright]

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