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Ainsdale train station is located on Merseyrail’s northern Line and serves Ainsdale, linking it with Liverpool and the nearby Southport station. The station opened in 1848 as part of the Liverpool, Crosby and Southport Railway. Today, trains from Ainsdale depart every 15 minutes on weekdays and summer weekends. Winter Sundays have a half-hourly service.

Ainsdale itself is a residential area on the southern side of Southport. The Trans Pennine Trails and the Sefton coastal path both pass through Ainsdale, which is home to Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club, Ainsdale beach, and sand dunes which have been designated a nature reserve. 

The station has two platforms linked by a footbridge with access via steps and a ramp. Since 2007, it has been improved with the addition of passenger toilets, electronic information screens and automatic doors. Ainsdale train station also underwent extensive refurbishment during 2017 and early 2018 to improve accessibility for pushchairs and wheelchair users.  

Southport, to the north, is a train journey of just 12 minutes and, to the south, Liverpool Central is a 36 minute journey from Ainsdale.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Friday Saturday 05:32 - 00:27
Sunday 07:52 - 00:27
Ticket MachineUnavailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionUnavailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetUnavailable
ATM notes
Located outside the station
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Departure screens
Nearest station with more facilities

The nearest station(s) with more facilities than Ainsdale are:

  • Formby
  • Southport
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Friday Saturday 05:32 - 00:27
Sunday 07:52 - 00:27
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorMerseyrail
Car parking spaces56
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces40
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
adjacent to booking office
Cycle storage notes<p><span data-sheets-rawvalue="8 stand 32 secure">8 stands, 32 Secure cycle spaces</span></p> <p><span data-sheets-rawvalue="8 stand 32 secure">Apply for Free Secure Cycle storage access <a href="http://www.merseyrail.org/cycle">www.merseyrail.org/cycle</a></span></p>
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Car park and ticket office are step free. Interchange via level crossing.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesUnavailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

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Departures and arrivals from Ainsdale

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Ainsdale station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Hunts CrossMerseyrail16:071On time
to SouthportMerseyrail16:282On time
to Hunts CrossMerseyrail16:371On time
to SouthportMerseyrail16:582On time
to Hunts CrossMerseyrail17:071On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from SouthportMerseyrail16:071On time
from Hunts CrossMerseyrail16:282On time
from SouthportMerseyrail16:371On time
from Hunts CrossMerseyrail16:582On time
from SouthportMerseyrail17:071On time
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