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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.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:45 - 19:30
Saturday 06:30 - 19:30
Sunday 08:45 - 19:30
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Lost PropertyAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer Service notes

Customers are encouraged to approach a member of station staff for any customer information enquiry.

Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:15 - 23:45
Saturday 05:15 - 22:30
Sunday 08:15 - 23:45
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:15 - 23:45
Saturday 05:15 - 22:30
Sunday 08:15 - 23:45
Carpark nameStation Car Park Station Car Park 2
Carpark operatorVirgin Trains Virgin Trains
Car parking spaces179
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£225.00
Three Monthly£225.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces16
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
all platforms
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

lifts to platforms

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesUnavailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Opening Hours
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:00 - 20:00
Saturday 08:00 - 18:00
Sunday 08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00


Platform 1 - Access available from the station

Tickets Accepted

Virgin Business, First Open or Advance First tickets. You can only enter the lounge on the travel date shown on your ticket.


Dedicated business areas are fully equipped with telephone points, desks, fax photocopier and modem facilities, screens with updated train information.


Tea, coffee, soft drinks. 


Wi-Fi is available


Showers are not available

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.

Departures and arrivals from Runcorn

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Runcorn station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Liverpool Lime StreetWest Midlands Trains09:462On time
to London EustonAvanti West Coast09:541On time
to ChesterTransport for Wales10:041On time
to Birmingham New StreetWest Midlands Trains10:291On time
to Liverpool Lime StreetAvanti West Coast10:482On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from CreweWest Midlands Trains09:452On time
from Liverpool Lime StreetAvanti West Coast09:531On time
from Liverpool Lime StreetTransport for Wales10:041On time
from Liverpool Lime StreetWest Midlands Trains10:291On time
from London EustonAvanti West Coast10:482On time
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