Station Name: WARREN

[Source: Paul Wright]

Date opened: 16.8.1888 (first in timetable 11.88)
Location: On the north side of Links View
Company on opening: Seacombe Hoylake and Deeside Railway
Date closed to passengers: 1.10.1915
Date closed completely: 1.10.1915
Company on closing: Wirral Railway
Present state: Part of the platform was revealed during engineering work on the line between New Brighton and Grove Road between 20 - 22nd October 2006.
County: Cheshire
OS Grid Ref: SJ296937
Date of visit: 30.7.2005

Notes: Warren station was situated on the New Brighton Branch railway of the Saecombe Hoylake & Deeside Railway (SH&DR) which opened from Bidston to Wallasey on 2 January 1888 and through to New Brighton on 30 March 1888. The line had been authorised in 1886 and work had begun almost immediately. The New Brighton branch connected with the SH&DR Birkenhead and West Kirby line which had been extended to Birkenhead Park on 2 January 1888. At Birkenhead Park the SH&DR made an end on connection with the Mersey Railway which had an underground route that passed under the River Mersey connecting Liverpool and Birkenhead.

Warren station was located on the section of line between Wallasey (Later to become Wallasey Grove Road) and New Brighton on the east side of Sea Road over which the line passed on a bridge. The station was in an isolated coastal location surrounded by sand dunes. It appears that Warren was not complete when the section of line to New Brighton opened. It was inspected by Maj-General Hutchinson on 16 August 1888. He asked that certain alterations be made including the provision of an exit from the down platform, the installation of catch points on the down line and the repositioning of signals. He did however give permission for the station to open ahead of the alterations. The SH&DR completed the works by 27 September 1888 and reported the fact in a letter to Maj-General Hutchinson.

The New Brighton branch was built as a double track railway and Warren had two platforms. The main facilities were on the up platform (Birkenhead direction) in a single storey building. A simple waiting shelter was provided on the down platform (New Brighton direction). A barrow crossing linked the platforms.

Access to the station was via a path that linked it to Sea Road and to Warren Drive.

At the time of opening Warren was served by trains running between New Brighton and Birkenhead Park with some through coaches to Liverpool. Being in an isolated possition passenger numbers at Warren were low and despite the development of a golf course to the south of the station the service was reduced and most trains passed through without stopping.

The SH&DR became the Wirral Railway (WR) on 1 July 1891. From 1 June 1895 a service between New Brighton and Seacombe was introduced using a new branch that had opened from Seacombe Junction (on the New Brighton branch 34 chains to the north of Bidston East Junction) to Seacombe Ferry.

The December 1895 timetable showed Warren as having only two trains per day. In the up direction there was a 10.56am service to Birkenhead Park and in the down a 10.44am to New Brighton. This reflected how little used Warren was. For the rest of its existence the station mostly had one train each way per day but occasionally there was a full service. The WR closed Warren on 1 October 1915. The down platform was demolished shortly after closure.

Although Warren station was not a success the New Brighton branch was very busy from the day it opened as it served a popular seaside town which by the early 20th century was attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. In January 1923 the line became part of the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) who in 1938 electrified it allowing through services to run to Liverpool via the Mersey Railway. The up platform and building was demolished early in the electrification era leaving no trace of the station.

On 1 January 1948 the branch became part of British Railways London Midland Region and in the early 1970s it was branded as the Merseyrail Wirral Line.

In October 2006 engineering on the line exposed the foundations of Warren's up platform for a brief period.


See also: Seacombe & Railways at Bidston

Warren station looking east in the early years of the 20th Century.

Warren station shown on a 6-inch scale map from 1898. The close proximity to
the coast is clearly illustrated.

Warren station shown on a 25-inch scale map from 1898.

On this 25-inch scale map from 1924 Warren station is shown as disused. It had closed nine years earlier but the platforms and buildings were extant.

When this 25-inch scale map from 1935 was drawn the down platform at Warren had been demolished. A network of railways had also been laid out to the north of the station. They were temporary lines that had been laid to facilitate the building of a wide promenade on land reclaimed from the sea.

Warren station after closure in the 1920s. The New Brighton direction platform had been demolished by this time leaving only the former Birkenhead Park direction platform which is seen in the picture.

Warren station seen from the air in 1934.
Reproduced with the kind permission of Simmons Aerofilms Ltd

Warren station site looking east on Tuesday 12 April 1983 as a class 503 EMU passes on route from New Brighton to Liverpool Central.
Photo by Kev Smith from his Flickr photostream

The site of Warren Station in July 2005 - taken from the same viewpoint as the 1920s picture above. Looking east with a Merseyrail 507 en route to Liverpool from New Brighton.
Photo by Paul Wright

Part of Warren Station platform reveled during engineering work in October 2006
Photo received from Daniel Lamb BENG (Hons) AMIMechE Priciple Technical Officer
and Ian Birch Technical Officer, First Engineering, Hooton.







[Source: Paul Wright]

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