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Hadlow Train Station

Hadlow Road railway station in Willaston was a station on the single track Hooton to West Kirby
branch of the Birkenhead Railway.  The Birkenhead Railway, owned jointly by the Great Western
Railway (GWR) and London and North Western Railway (LNWR), opened a branch line from Hooton to
Parkgate on the 1st of October 1866, which included a station at Willaston. An extension to West Kirby
was completed twenty years later.  The main station building is on the eastbound platform towards
Hooton, whereas a smaller waiting shelter stands on the westbound platform towards West Kirby. At
the western end of both platforms was a level crossing with rather large gates; this was due to the
angle at which the road crossed the railway lines.

Although Hadlow Road railway station closed to passengers on the 17th September 1956 the track
continued to be used for freight transportation and driver training for another six years, before finally
closing on the 7th May 1962.  The tracks were lifted two years later.

The route gradually formed part of the 'Wirral Way' footpath and part of Wirral Country Park in 1973,
which was the first such designated site in Britain.  All of the station (excluding the westbound
platform) has been preserved to give an authentic 1950s look and a short section of track has been
relaid in front of the eastbound platform. The station is a Grade II listed building and can be visited
today for free.  
Hadlow Station 2009
The Signal Box
Weighing Machine
Hadlow Station
Gas Lamp
The Signal Box
The Signal Box
Hadlow Ticket Station
The Tracks