- Hamilton Square railway station
Infobox UK station
name = Hamilton Square
borough = Wirral
code = BKQ
pte = Merseytravel
zone = B1
usage0405 = 1.146
usage0506 = 1.239
usage0607 = 1.134
platforms = 3
years = 1886
events = Opened
Hamilton Square railway station (named on rail tickets as "Birkenhead Hamilton Sq") is situated near
Hamilton Squarein Birkenhead, Merseyside, England, on the Wirral Lineof the Merseyrailnetwork. It is an underground station, the platforms being reached by lifts from the surface.
Hamilton Square station was built by the
Mersey Railwayin 1886, on its original route from James Street stationin Liverpoolto Green Lane, later extended to Rock Ferry and Birkenhead Park. Just south of the station, the lines towards Rock Ferry and Birkenhead Park diverge; this junction was originally built as a flat crossing.
The Mersey Railway was electrified in 1903, as despite the journey being far quicker than travel aboard the
Mersey Ferriespassengers were not keen on travelling underground on steam trains due to the smoke from the coal-powered locomotives. The "Frequent Electric Trains" sign was erected on the outside of the station's large hydraulic lift-tower to publicise this.
In the 1970s, as part of the expansion programme of the Merseyrail network, a
burrowing junctionwas built at Hamilton Square so that trains heading towards New Brighton and West Kirby did not have to cross the path of trains coming from Rock Ferry. Along with the construction of the loop tunnel in the centre of Liverpool, this improved the capacity of the Wirral Line, allowing increased train frequencies. As part of this project, Hamilton Square gained a new platform (Platform 3) for New Brighton and West Kirby services, and the rest of the station was refurbished. The station now has a new [http://www.atoc-comms.org/dynamic/tocpress-story.php?toc=999917 'M to Go'] shop, which sells tickets and snacks, opened in 2007 in the main booking hall.
Trains operate every five minutes (Monday-Saturday daytime) to James Street and around the Liverpool city centre loop. In the other direction, trains operate every 15 minutes to each of New Brighton, West Kirby and Hooton. From Hooton, trains continue every 30 minutes to each of Chester and Ellesmere Port. At other times, trains operate every 30 minutes to each of the four destinations, giving a service every 5-10 minutes to Liverpool.
* [http://www.merseyrail.org/stations/?iStationId=32 Station information] from Merseyrail
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