Waverton railway station

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Place Waverton
Area Cheshire West and Chester
Coordinates 53°09′58″N2°49′30″W / 53.1662°N 2.8250°W / 53.1662; -2.8250 Coordinates: 53°09′58″N2°49′30″W / 53.1662°N 2.8250°W / 53.1662; -2.8250
Grid reference SJ448636
Original company Grand Junction Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms Two
1 October 1840 First station opened
6 June 1898 Station resited
15 June 1959 Second station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railwaysportal

Waverton was the name of two former railway stations near the village of Waverton, Cheshire that served the Grand Junction Railway and later the Whitchurch and Tattenhall Railway.

Waverton, Cheshire village and civil parish in Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire, England

Waverton is a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It lies about 5 14 miles (8.4 km) south-east of Chester. It is almost continuous with the village of Rowton to the north west and that in turn is almost continuous with Christleton. According to the 2011 Census, the population of the parish was 1,587.

Grand Junction Railway early British railway company, active 1833–1846

The Grand Junction Railway (GJR) was an early railway company in the United Kingdom, which existed between 1833 and 1846 when it was amalgamated with other railways to form the London and North Western Railway. The line built by the company was the first trunk railway to be completed in England, and arguably the world's first long-distance railway with steam traction.

The Whitchurch and Tattenhall Railway was a railway line in Cheshire, which ran between Whitchurch and Tattenhall, where it joined the North Wales Coast Line at Tattenhall to terminate in Chester. It was built as part of the London and North Western Railway.



First station

The original station opened in October 1840, on the Crewe to Chester line built by the Grand Junction Railway. It was initially called "Black Dog", [1] after the nearby pub, before its name was changed to Waverton two years later. The station had a building and two side platforms. [2]

The Chester and Crewe Railway was an early British railway company absorbed by the Grand Junction Railway in 1840. The line was 11 miles (18 km) in length, the engineer was Robert Stephenson and the contractor for the work was Thomas Brassey. It was the absorption of this company that led the Grand Junction Railway to building its locomotive works at Crewe, which led to Crewe becoming a major railway town.

Side platform platform which only has one side facing a track at a railway station, tram stop, or transitway

A side platform is a platform positioned to the side of a pair of tracks at a railway station, tram stop, or transitway. Dual side platform stations, one for each direction of travel, is the basic station design used for double-track railway lines. Side platforms may result in a wider overall footprint for the station compared with an island platform where a single width of platform can be shared by riders using either track.

It was situated next to the bridge ( 53°9′45.41″N2°49′0.20″W / 53.1626139°N 2.8167222°W / 53.1626139; -2.8167222 (Waverton's first station) ) that carried the London to Birkenhead coach road (today A41). The station was closed in 1898, after the 1st Duke of Westminster had a new station built 0.43 miles (690 m) west of the original site. [2]

London Capital of the United Kingdom

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Birkenhead town in Merseyside, England

Birkenhead is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral in Merseyside, England. Historically in Cheshire, it is on the Wirral Peninsula, along the west bank of the River Mersey, opposite the city of Liverpool. In the 2011 census, the Parliamentary constituency of Birkenhead had a population of 88,818.

A41 road major trunk road in England

The A41 is a major trunk road in England that links London and Birkenhead, although it has now in parts been superseded by motorways. It passes through or near various towns and cities including Watford, Kings Langley, Hemel Hempstead, Aylesbury, Solihull, Birmingham, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton, Newport, Whitchurch, Chester and Ellesmere Port.

Second Station

This station, which opened on the day the first station closed, had two side platforms with matching buildings and canopies. It also had goods sidings. Passengers services ceased in 1959 and the station closed completely six years later. [3]

Siding (rail) type of railway track

A siding, in rail terminology, is a low-speed track section distinct from a running line or through route such as a main line or branch line or spur. It may connect to through track or to other sidings at either end. Sidings often have lighter rails, meant for lower speed or less heavy traffic, and few, if any, signals. Sidings connected at both ends to a running line are commonly known as loops; those not so connected may be referred to as single-ended or dead-end sidings, or stubs.

Today, only part of the eastbound station building remains. [4] The building on the former Chester-bound platform has been demolished. [3]

In 2018 Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire opened a bus depot on the former station site. [5]

Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire

Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire is a major operator of bus services in North West England. It is a subsidiary of the Stagecoach Group, and has its origins in the purchase of Ribble Motor Services in 1988 from the National Bus Company and Glenvale Transport in 2005. The head office of Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire is in Liverpool and was formed in 2011 following the merger of Stagecoach Merseyside and Ribble Motor Services which was the Chorley and Preston operations of Stagecoach North West.


Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Chester General
Line and station open
  London and North Western Railway
North Wales Coast line
  Tattenhall Road
Line open, station closed
Disused railways
Chester General
Line and station open
  London and North Western Railway
Whitchurch and Tattenhall Railway
Line and station closed

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  1. Oppitz 2003 , p. 33
  2. 1 2 "Station Name: WAVERTON (1st site)". Disused Stations. 2009-08-21.
  3. 1 2 "Station Name: WAVERTON (2nd site)". Disused Stations. 2009-08-21.
  4. Oppitz 2003 , p. 31, 33
  5. Chester bus depot shuts to make way for student housing Chester Chronicle 16 April 2018


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