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Written by Robert Clarke - 10 Jun 2015
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Location notes
Hunts Cross is an area in South East Liverpool, which is near two big employment areas; the Jaguar factory at Halewood, and the Liverpool Airport near Speke, along with the headquarters of B&M Bargains, also at Speke.
Hunts Cross takes its name from the Hunts Cross, an ancient stone cross located on the crossroads near the station. In a 1960's road widening scheme, the stone cross had to be moved to the corner of Hillfoot Road and Speke Road, to allow the former to be widened. Local legend says Dick Turpin was a former resident!
To find the Hunts Cross, come out of the station and cross the road, turn left and head down towards the traffic lights, with a Natwest Bank on your right. Follow this road round, and the Hunts Cross will soon be visible.
The station itself is located on the Northern Line of Merseyrail, and well as the city line, which itself is formed of numerous passing through trains, along with an hourly stopping service from Warrington to Liverpool Lime Street.
Railway type and traffic
The station has three platforms. Platform three is served by Merseyrail Electrics, on the Southport - Hunts Cross service, which runs every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes evening and Sunday. These are formed of class 507 or 508 trains. Platform two is also electrified on the 3rd rail principle, but Merseyrail trains only serve this if platform three is not available.
Platforms one and two are served only by an hourly train service provided by Northern rail, using Pacers or class 150 units, from Liverpool Lime Street to Warrington Central. A more substantial stopping service to the likes of Birmingham, Manchester and beyond is provided from Liverpool South Parkway, one stop along on the Merseyrail.
These other trains will pass through non stop, and mainly consist of class 156 and 158 units of Northern, and class 185 trains of Trans Pennine Express.
The line has little freight on this section. However, the Jaguar car plant is nearby, as are freight sidings at Speke. Allerton depot, used by Northern, is also located nearby, so you may get trains going to and from it ECS.
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Environment
Hunts Cross has a quiet village type atmosphere, despite there being a major road junction near the station! The area is quite well populated and feels safe. The station itself is covered by CCTV, and is staffed for all trains.
The station has a modern ticket office, the old building now a pub and restaurant.

Important: The departure indicators on the platforms only refer to the Merseyrail Electrics service, and not to any other train. For departures times of all trains, refer to the station posters on the platform, or the departures screen in the ticket office.
Road directions
The station is located just off the main road junction, on Speke road. Look for a pub, which is the old station building, as the car park is located near here.

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Parking
There is a small car park in the station, but if this is full, you can park for a short while in the nearby Hunts Cross shopping centre, which is basically a small parade of shops.
Public transport
Merseyrail runs every 15 minutes (30 minutes evenings and Sundays) from Southport and central Liverpool. If coming in from another station not on Merseyrail, if the train does not call at Hunts Cross but does call at Liverpool South Parkway, alight there, and then proceed to platform 5, the platform for the Merseyrail trains to Hunts Cross.
The station and surrounding area are well served by Arriva bus routes; indeed Arriva has a depot in nearby Speke. To get train and bus times, visit Mersey Travel.

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Amenities
The station has a toilet on platform 2/3, which can be accessed by intercom. The local area has a pub and restaurant, as mentioned above. There is a small shopping parade as well. Come out the station, turn left, and then at the junction, left again. Among shops in the area is a branch of the Co-operative Food. A Shell petrol station, as well as a few banks, are all located in the area as well.
Accommodation
None in the immediate area. Try Visit Liverpool.
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Photographic notes
The station is in a cutting, with a couple of overbridges. So views can be restricted, and the fact the station is in a cutting can also affect lighting.
There is little street noise to affect videos.


General views - All photographs © Robert Clarke unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 1 - Looking east

Shows a view looking towards Liverpool South Parkway, and was taken from the buffer stops on platform three. Also note the disused platform four is just visible, a reminder that this was once a service that, until 1972, carried onto to Gateacre, long since closed.

Fig 2 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking west

Taken from platform two, and is looking towards Halewood.

Fig 3 - Looking west


Fig 3 - Looking west

Taken from the top of the ramp up from Platform three, and is looking towards Halewood, the next station east on the city line.

Fig 4 - Looking east


Fig 4 - Looking east

Taken from platform 2, and is looking towards Liverpool South Parkway. This view shows the nearby overbridge, and also the third rail into this platform. Also note the pub building on platform one; until 1984, the building was the station building. It closed when a new booking office opened.

Fig 5 - The Hunts Cross, how the area gets its nam



Fig 5 - The Hunts Cross, how the area gets its nam


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