Hoylake (HYK)

Hoylake is a stop on the Merseyrail Wirral Line West Kirby branch between West Kirby and Manor Road.

Type: National Rail
(Merseyrail Wirral Line)
Station code: HYK
Opened: 1866
Platforms: 2
Hoylake was opened in 1866 by the Hoylake Railway and was the initial Western terminus of the railway's line to Birkenhead Docks. The line became part of the Mersey Railway and the line extended to West Kirby. Later on the LMS took over and electrified the line through Hoylake in the 1938.

The station was also rebuilt in 1938 to an Art Deco style as were other stations on the route [1]. Originally the station was adjacent to a gas works (and accompanying sidings), it closed in 1954 [2] with coal sidings closing in the mid-1960s. The station also had a carriage shed and paint shop once but these were closed after the LMS take-over.

Nowadays Hoylake is part of the Merseyrail network with services every fifteen minutes between West Kirby and Liverpool Central. A level crossing is at the end of the platforms at the Western end of the station. Access between the platforms is via the road / level crossing or a footbridge. The station is staffed.
Merseyrail 507 017 arrives with a Liverpool bound train

A few second earlier 507 017 heads through the level crossing

View down the platform

Platform shelter

Main platform building

[1] Jonathan Cadwallader & Martin Jenkins, Merseyside Electrics (Ian Allan, 2010) p. 72
[2] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Birkenhead to West Kirby (Middleton Press, 2014) Map. XIII