|Original company||Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Cheshire Lines Committee|
|Post-grouping||Cheshire Lines Committee|
|1 September 1884||Station opened as "Woodville & Ainsdale"|
|1 May 1898||Station renamed "Woodvale"|
|1 January 1917||Station closed|
|1 April 1919||Station reopened|
|7 January 1952||Station closed completely|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain|
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Cheshire Lines Committee
The Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway (SCLER) opened the station on 1 September 1884 as Woodville & Ainsdale, though one source refers to it as "Woodvale and Ainsdale". It was renamed Woodvale on 1 May 1898. The station was built on an embankment crossing Liverpool Road and was well known for its floral displays on both platforms.
Run down and closure
The station first closed in 1917, along with all other stations on the extension line, as a World War I economy measure.
The station was reopened on 1 April 1919, and continued in use until 7 January 1952, when the SCLER was closed to passengers from Aintree Central to Southport Lord Street. The line remained open for public goods traffic until 7 July 1952 at Southport Lord St., Birkdale Palace and Altcar & Hillhouse Stations. Public goods facilities were ended at Woodvale, Lydiate and Sefton & Maghull stations on the same date as passenger services (7 January 1952*) and there were never any goods facilities at Ainsdale Beach station to begin with. A private siding remained open at Altcar & Hillhouse after 7 July 1952, finally closing in May 1960. The very last passenger train to run on the SCLER was a railway enthusiasts' 'special' between Aintree and Altcar & Hillhouse railways stations on 6 June 1959.
- On the subject of railway station or line 'closing dates', the official day of a closure is always given as the Monday following the date of last trains run. As this is almost always a Saturday, if 7 January 1952 (Monday) is given as the date of closure, this means the actual last day of services was Saturday, 5 January 1952. This is proven by last day tickets which bear the 5 January date.
The track bed was later utilised to support what is now the Coastal Road, which runs from Woodvale to Southport.
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
Line and station closed
|Cheshire Lines Committee
Line and station closed
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