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Helsby railway station

Place Helsby
Local authority Cheshire West and Chester
Grid reference
Station code HSB
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 4
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  47,764
2005/06 52,067
2006/07 57,412
2007/08 68,386
2008/09 71,638
2009/10 77,236
2010/11 79,790
2011/12 86,618
2012/13 83,952
2013/14 80,696
Key dates Opened 1863 (1863)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Helsby from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
UK Railways portal

Helsby railway station serves the village of Helsby in Cheshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade listed building.[1]


  • Facilities 1
  • Services 2
    • Public transport interchange 2.1
  • Trains 3
    • Passenger 3.1
    • Freight 3.2
  • Adopt-a-Station 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


There is a BT Payphone on Platform 1. Limited seating exists on Platform 1 and 2.[2]

The station has won numerous Best Kept Station awards.[3][4][5] A Customer Information System has been installed and is operational, allowing passengers to view departures and their calling points. If a train service is delayed, the CIS automatically shows the expected arrival time.

There is no disabled access to trains calling at this station due to the low platforms. Platforms for the Manchester and Ellesmere Port services can also only be reached by using the footbridge.[6]


The station is on the Chester to Manchester Line between Manchester Piccadilly and Chester. It has been operated by Arriva Trains Wales since 2005, but is unstaffed[7] requiring passengers to purchase tickets from the TVM Iocated on Platform 1 or the conductor, on board the train. The nearest station with additional ticketing facilities is Chester. Penalty Fares do not operate here.

There is a basic hourly service in each direction. Most westbound trains towards Chester continue to Llandudno (although connections are available at Chester for Holyhead and London). There is one service that runs to Bangor (late morning) rather than Llandudno. On Sundays the service operates between Chester & Manchester Piccadilly only, although on the same hourly frequency as during the week.[8]

Ellesmere Port branch trains stand at platform 3 and 4

The station is also the junction of the branch line to Ellesmere Port. This service sees four trains daily in each direction, (Monday - Saturday) - two in the early morning and another pair mid-afternoon. Two of these trains continue to Warrington Bank Quay. Northern Rail operates this service. (In the picture, the train on the right has arrived from Ellesmere Port). There is no Sunday service on this line.[9]

The summer Saturdays only Chester to Runcorn parliamentary train via the Halton Curve (operated by Northern) passes through the station but does not call.

Public transport interchange

Helsby has several bus links operated primarily by Arriva North West and GHA Coaches.

Route 21 operates between Chester and Runcorn hourly.[2] (Arriva NW*) (Monday - Sunday)
Route X30 operates between Chester and Warrington hourly.[2] (Arriva NW) (Monday - Saturday)
Route 36 operates between Runcorn and Ellesmere Port via Ince & Elton, twice hourly.[10] (GHA Coaches) (Monday - Saturday)

*On Sundays, service 21 is operated on behalf of Cheshire County Council by GHA Coaches. Services terminate at Frodsham and do not serve Runcorn.



Arriva Trains Wales operates Class 150, Class 153, Class 158 and Class 175 DMUs on its services, as the Chester to Warrington line is not electrified.

The services to and from Ellesmere Port are operated by Northern Rail. Northern use various types of rolling stock, including Class 142, Class 150 and Class 156.


Occasional freight trains run through Helsby. Freight services used to operate to Stanlow Oil Refinery and Quinn Glass, but these services no longer run. Regular freight workings still operate to and from Ellesmere Port, along with frequent freight services towards Chester (and onwards to North Wales).


The North Cheshire Rail Users Group has adopted this station and regularly ensure the station is clean and tidy. The station has won the "Best Kept Station[11]" six times, and the plaques commending this are fixed to the signal box located on the island platforms, (2 + 3).

See also


  1. ^  
  2. ^ a b c National Rail Enquiries - Station Facilities for Helsby
  3. ^ Best Kept Stations - Helsby
  4. ^ Helsby Station has been named "The Best Kept Station in Cheshire" at a glitzy awards ceremony Chester Chronicle news article 20-01-2011
  5. ^
  6. ^ National Rail Enquiries - Station Facilities for Helsby
  7. ^ National Rail Enquiries - Station Facilities for Helsby
  8. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 81
  9. ^ GB NRT 2013-14, Table 109
  10. ^
  11. ^ Stations

External links

  • Train times and station information for Helsby railway station from National Rail
  • North Cheshire Rail Users Group User group responsible for upkeep of Helsby station
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Frodsham   Arriva Trains Wales
Chester to Manchester Line
Frodsham   Northern Rail
Ellesmere Port to Warrington Line
Mondays-Saturdays only
  Ince and Elton

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