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First station after Liverpool on the Wirral Line, Hamilton Square is located on Hamilton Street, in Birkenhead. The square is nearby. As part of the 1978 works for Merseyrail, a new tunnel and platform 3 were constructed. This serves trains to New Brighton and West Kirby, and allows those trains to go under the Hooton/Chester/Ellesm,ere Port line and thus avoid crossing over and causing conflicting movements.
There used to be a second railway station here, Birkenhead Woodside, which closed in 1967. A bus station today sits on the site, which can still be clearly identified. With Hamilton Square station being nearby, little inconvienence was caused by Woodside's closure. The chester service was cut back to Hooton, though since 1994 eletrification, through running to Liverpool has recommenced.
To learn more about Birkenhead Woodisde, please visit the link on the disused station website
Railway type and traffic
Class 507's and 508's of the Merseyrail are the only trains you will see here. The station layout is as follows as well. Platform one is for all trains to Liverpool. Platform 2 is for Chester and Ellesmere Port trains. Platform three (dating from 1978) for New Brighton and West Kirby.
This is a bit away from Birkenhead Town Centre, but nevertheless, is still a popular area with the ferry terminal nearby. As in all areas, please keep your wits about you at all times. The station is staffed for all trains.
Follow signs for Birkenhead, and then look for brown signs reading 'Mersey Ferries Woodside Terminal' and/or 'Heritage Tramway'.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Hamilton Square map co-ordinates
There are two chargable car parks nearby. You could also leave your car in Birkenhead town centre, and travel from Conway Park to Hamilton Square by train.
Merseyrail trains from Liverpool run through the station every 5 minutes. The frequencies from the various branches during the day are West Kirby and New Brighton, every 15 minutes (30 minutes evening and Sunday), and Chester and ellesmere Port, 30 minutes (every day).
In addition, Woodside bus station (built on the site of the old Woodside train station, is just down the hill, although please note, the climb up to the rail station is steep.
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The station has toilets at platform level, near the tunnels. There is a cafe and toilets in the Mersey Ferries terminal, and there is a pub nearby. Birkenhead Town centre is a short bus or rail trip away, and Liverpool city centre is only 5-7 minutes by train.
For tourist information, visit the Visit Liverpool
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Hamilton Square is underground, and this station has lift access from the platforms to the surface. Tripods are banned, as is flash photography. The rumbling in a tunnel will be a warning of a train coming.
General views - All photographs © Robert Clarke unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west
A train ready to leave platform 2.
Fig 2 - Looking East
The train ready to enter the mersey railway tunnel.
Fig 3 - Looking east
From the 1977 built platform 3.
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