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Will A Double Track Fit Through Kirkby Station?

These pictures show Kirkby station.

It would be a very tight fit, without rebuilding the bridge.

January 17, 2022 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | ,


  1. Well it was previously double track (singled 1970), surely the passenger access to the western platform will be unnecessary once through running is instigated.

    Comment by Fenline Scouser | January 18, 2022 | Reply

  2. Merseyside has built some very clever affordable stations in recent years and whatever happens at Kirkby will follow this pattern. A single bi-directional platform would save a lot of money and avoid the reconstruction of the bridge. It would also be step-free, Look at the superb Soham, which is in another part of the country, where they know innovative design saves money.

    Comment by AnonW | January 18, 2022 | Reply

  3. Now developments for a Wigan – Liverpool service really cry out for a battery electric train.
    Some people got to this subject 10 years ago.
    The whole story of Kirby and Headbolt Lane is here

    Comment by fammorris | January 18, 2022 | Reply

  4. I grew up in St Helens and went to school in Prescot, and we had girls there from Kirby, and the Methodist circuit which my church was in included a church in Cantril Farm aka Kirby. One of the ministers used to regularly get the youth groups together. One way and another I knew quite a lot of nice people in Kirby. And some years ago when I was organising a school reunion I went to Kirby quite often to meet up with friends I had lost contact with. The people from there still call it Kirby. Where heck did that silly 2nd K come from. Whatever they do to the railway station, something which would help people from elsewhere to realise that the people from Kirby are mostly very nice people would be a good move. This reply is probably irrelevant, I have my booster on Sunday, today is Tuesday, and I feel very yucky.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | January 18, 2022 | Reply

    • It is Kirk-by. Kirk means church in Old Norse. Ending in “by” means a settlement. It is a settlement with a church. BTW, the Liverpool/Wirral area is full of Viking names.

      Comment by John | January 18, 2022 | Reply

  5. The track is singled at Fazakerly station to Rainford station – 6.5 miles. What was the track singled at this point causing a choke-point? It was singled before the full detailed design of Merseyrail came about. I can only think it was to make teh cost of the bridge over the M57 cheaper by making it single track.

    The bridge at Kirkby is wide enough for two trains. Trains will not be running though fast as they will be stopping at Kirkby.

    From Headbolt Lane to Kirkby will be twin track – work has just started. The rail bridge SE of Headbolt Lane will be expanded to double track. This can only be prep work to make all the line twin track again because of Merseyrail battery train expansion to Skem and Wigan – and to spread the financial load Once Skem has the go ahead, the bridge over the M57 may be twin tracked by adding another single track bridge, with the single track from Fazakerly to Rainford.

    Adding Wigan and Skem to the line giving a Liverpool Central to Wigan/Skem service will increase passenger take up for sure. More along the line will shop in Liverpool rather than Manchester.

    Manchester want their trams to use the Wigan-Manchester line. So Wigan will be an interchange, if it comes about. Manchester got rid of heavy rail to Oldham replacing the service with trams on the tracks.

    Comment by John | January 18, 2022 | Reply

  6. Another new station at Baltic Triangle near the city centre. Will be partially underground.

    Comment by John | January 20, 2022 | Reply

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      Comment by fammorris | January 20, 2022 | Reply

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