Birkenhead North (BKN)

Birkenhead North is a stop on the Merseyrail Wirral Line close to Birkenhead North TMD. It is also close to the junction of the West Kirby and New Brighton branches of the Wirral Line.

Information
Type: National Rail
(Merseyrail Wirral Line)
Station code: BKN
Opened: 1888
Platforms: 3
The station was opened by the Wirral Railway in 1888 as Birkenhead Docks replacing the nearby Wallasey Bridge Road which had been the line's terminus up until then.

The station was renamed Birkenhead North in 1926 by the London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS). In 1938 the Wirral Railway, including at Birkenhead North, was electrified with the LMS third rail system [1].

Birkenhead North has retained three platforms since opening though one platform sees little use nowadays apart from trains in transit to and from the adjacent depot. In the 1970s services from Wrexham did come as far as Birkenhead North however since 1978 these services have terminated at Bidston. The station is now operated by Merseyrail and had a ticket office and over six hundred parking spaces as part of a Park & Ride service.
Merseyrail 507 005 and 508 138 cross at Birkenhead North

Main platform building, secure cycle storage is available

Merseyrail 508 127 heading South

Merseyrail 508 127

Looking down towards Birkenhead

Another view of 508 138

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Birkenhead to West Kirby (Middleton Press, 2014) Fig. 15