Until the Industrial Revolution, Runcorn was a small, rural town. By the end of the 18th century its position on the River Mersey and Runcorn canal was bringing revenue flooding in from import and export business, shipbuilding and engineering. Rail arrived in 1869, along with the Runcorn Railway Bridge crossing the Mersey a short distance down the line - with fast, direct contact with Liverpool and the rest of the country, the town's industrial development redoubled. The 20th century saw a shift towards chemicals and leather tanning, and the former remains pivotal to the town's economy today. The station itself lies on the Liverpool branch of the West Coast Main Line with hourly services to Liverpool Lime Street and London Euston. The station is a short walk from the picturesque canal and town centre, and Runcorn attractions include the Runcorn Bridge, the largest steel arch bridge in Europe; the Brindley arts centre; and The Halton Lea Shopping Centre.
Runcorn station is accessible on either side. The main entrance leads into the concourse, which has both ticket desks and machines, and onto platform 1 (towards Birmingham and London). There is direct access to platform 2 (towards Liverpool) from an alternative entrance on Holloway Road, and there's also a bridge between the two platforms with lifts for step-free access. Bike racks and public toilets, including easy-access facilities, are on platform 1.
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