Moorfields railway station

Moorfields railway station
Moorfields National Rail
Platform 1 at Moorfields station
Place Liverpool
Local authority Liverpool
Coordinates 53°24′31″N 2°59′21″W / 53.4086°N 2.9892°W / 53.4086; -2.9892Coordinates: 53°24′31″N 2°59′21″W / 53.4086°N 2.9892°W / 53.4086; -2.9892
Grid reference SJ342907
Station code MRF
Managed by Merseyrail
Number of platforms 3
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage
2004/05 *  0.309 million
2005/06 * increase 0.384 million
2006/07 * increase 1.578 million
2007/08 * increase 2.082 million
2008/09 * increase 5.141 million
2009/10 * decrease 4.455 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Merseytravel
Zone C1
Original company London Midland Region of British Railways
2 May 1977 Low Level platforms opened
30 October 1977 Deep Level platform opened
National Rail - UK railway stations
* Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Moorfields from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
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Moorfields station is an underground railway station in Liverpool, England. It is situated on both the Northern and Wirral Lines of the Merseyrail network and is the only station on the network which has services to all other Merseyrail stations.



Shortly after the station opened in 1977

The station was built in the 1970s, partly as a replacement for Liverpool Exchange railway station, opening on 2 May 1977.[1] It is accessed via entrances at Moorfields and on the corner of Old Hall Street and Tithebarn Street (Old Hall Street being open only from 5.30am until 7pm on weekdays).

Services from the north which had previously terminated at Liverpool Exchange were diverted to Moorfields, and continued via a new tunnel to Liverpool Central, with some continuing south to Garston (later extending to Hunts Cross); these services form the Northern Line. At the same time, another new tunnel was built, carrying the Wirral Line in a loop from James Street via Moorfields, Lime Street, and Liverpool Central before returning to James Street; the Wirral Line platform opened on 30 October 1977.[1]

There are three platforms (two for the Northern Line and one for the Wirral Line) in two levels of tunnel. The Wirral Line platform is at a much deeper level; this is because the Northern Line tunnels pass over the Queensway road tunnel whilst the Wirral Line passes beneath it.

Passengers must, curiously for an underground station, go up an escalator from the Moorfields entrance to reach the ticket office - the station was originally intended to connect with a pedestrian walkway system, designed to separate pedestrians from traffic. Only a small section of the system was constructed in the 1970s and the scheme eventually fell by the wayside. From the ticket office, another escalator leads down to the main passenger tunnel which links the Northern and Wirral Line platforms and the Old Hall Street entrance. A new 'M to Go' shop opened at the Old Hall Street entrance in 2006, acting as a combined snack shop/ticket counter, with another new 'M to Go' shop planned for the main entrance of the station which could open later in 2011.

The usage of the station Monday to Friday is much greater than the statistics show, since they credit "Liverpool" passengers to Lime Street station, and do not include day or season ticket holders. The station is however significantly quieter at weekends, since it is primarily used by city centre workers and is less convenient for most of the city centre retail areas than Liverpool Central.


Northern Line

Northbound trains run every 15 minutes (Monday to Saturday daytime) to each of Southport, Ormskirk and Kirkby.

Southbound trains run every five minutes to Liverpool Central. Trains originating from Southport continue to Hunts Cross, every 15 minutes.

Wirral Line

Services run every 15 minutes (Monday to Saturday daytime) to each of New Brighton, West Kirby and Hooton. From Hooton, trains continue every 15 minutes to Chester and every 30 minutes to Ellesmere Port. These services give a combined frequency of five minutes around the loop and through the Mersey Railway Tunnel to Hamilton Square station in Birkenhead. At other times, trains operate every 30 minutes to each of the four destinations.


  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 162. ISBN 1 85260 508 1. R508. 

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Liverpool Central   Merseyrail
Northern Line
James Street   Merseyrail
Wirral Line
Lime Street

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