Station Name: WOODVALE


[Source: Paul Wright]

Date opened: 1.9.1884
Location: On the west side of Liverpool Road (A565)
Company on opening: Cheshire Lines Committee
Date closed to passengers: 7.1.1952
Date closed completely: 7.1.1952
Company on closing: British Railways (London Midland Region)
Present state: Demolished - Coastal Road runs through the station site.
County: Lancashire
OS Grid Ref: SD312108
Date of visit: 27.12.2005

Notes: Opened as part of the Southport and Cheshire Lines Extension Railway which ran between Aintree Central and Southport Lord Street in 1884 the station was named Woodville and Ainsdale until 1.5.1898 when it became Woodvale.

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.

Situated on an embankment Woodvale Station consisted of two platforms with wooden waiting facilities on each. Woodvale Station was renowned for its excellent floral displays.
The station closed to passengers on 1.1.1917 as a war time economy measure. It re-opened on 1.4.1919.

Woodvale did not survive long into the period of nationalisation closing entirely on 7.1.1952.
Today the station site is very much altered as the embankment has been removed to facilitate the start of the Coastal Road which runs along the route of the Railway to the site of Birkdale Palace.

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


Woodvale Station southbound platform c.1905
Copyright photograph from John Alsop collection

The site of Woodvale Station looking north west in December 2005
hoto by Paul Wright

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[Source: Paul Wright]

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