Station Name: PEASLEY CROSS

 

[Source: Paul Wright]


Date opened: 1852 (first appeared in timetable)
Location: North of Sutton Road and Jackson Street road junction.
Company on opening: St. Helens and Runcorn Gap Railway
Date closed to passengers: 18.6.1951
Date closed completely: 18.6.1951
Company on closing: British Railways (London Midland Region)
Present state: Demolished - although the track has been lifted the ballast still remains.
County: Lancashire
OS Grid Ref: SJ523944
Date of visit: 30.5.2005
Notes: Peasley Cross Station was on the St. Helens and Runcorn Gap Railway which ran from St. Helens in the north to the banks of the Mersey at Widnes in the South, with no intermediate stations. On opening (21st February 1833) the line was owned by the St. Helens and Runcorn Gap Railway Company. It was absorbed into the LNWR in 1864. Initially the line

was goods only but local people asked for a passenger service with a horse drawn service being introduced between the junction and St. Helens.



From 1845 a number of gradients on the line that had precluded locomotive working were eased and at about this time Peasley Cross station was opened.

The line was always more heavily used by goods trains but over the years a steady service between St. Helens and Widnes developed latterly running to Ditton Junction where connections to Liverpool, Crewe, Manchester and even London could be made.

The service lasted until 16.6.1951 when Clock Face Station closed as a passenger station. On 1.11.1981 the line closed as a through route but the sections between Sutton Manor Colliery and St. Helens Junction remainedopen until 1986 and the mid 1990's respectively. Then the line
was cut back to a point just to the south of the site of Peasley Cross Station where a siding led into the Hays Chemical works. Trains continued to use the line through Peasley Cross until 27.9.2002.
Today nothing of the station remains but the track that is still in situ is the only remaining part of the historic Runcorn Gap Railway.

Tickets from Michael Stewart

To see the other stations on Widnes - St. Helens line click on the station name: Ann Street, Appleton, Farnworth & Bold, Union Bank Farm Halt, Clockface & Sutton Oak



The site of Peasley Cross Station in 1965
P
hoto by Bevan Price


The site of Peasley Cross Station looking north in May 2005
P
hoto by Paul Wright

The site of Peasley Cross Station looking south in May 2005
P
hoto by Paul Wright

 

1965

2002


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[Source: Paul Wright]


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