The name of the station comes from nearby Birkenhead Park, one of the UK's first Victorian municipal parks. In 1850 its layout - created by Joseph Paxton - had a profound influence on visiting American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Eight years later he took inspiration from Birkenhead Park (and other green spaces like Derby Arboretum) to win a competition to design New York's new city park. The station was opened on 2 January 1888, as a joint interchange station between the Seacombe, Hoylake and Deeside Railway and the Mersey Railway. The station replaced the Wirral Railway's original terminus at Wallasey Bridge Road, which was close to the present-day Birkenhead North station. The station was an interchange between the Wirral Railway's line to West Kirby and the Mersey Railway's new line to Liverpool Central low level station. On the same day of opening, the Wirral Railway's new line to Wallasey Grove Road opened, which was extended to New Brighton later the same year. The station was built at the western portal of the Mersey Railway tunnel that ran into central Birkenhead and Liverpool's city centre. From its opening the station had two island platforms to facilitate across-platform transfer between the Mersey Railway and the Wirral Railway. The northern pair of tracks were used exclusively by Mersey Railway trains. The centre and southern pairs of tracks were available to the Wirral Railway.
Ticket office is step free. Access to the platform is via stepped ramps only. There is an induction loop, help points and lost property. The station is staffed, during all opening hours, and has platform CCTV. The island platform has a waiting shelter. There is a payphone, booking office and live departure and arrival screens, for passenger information. Wheelchair and pram access to the platform is possible, and also relatively easy, via the ramp-staircase. The station has no car park but there is secure cycle storage for 32 bikes and facilities to rent bikes as part of Merseyrail's Go Cycle scheme. Trains operate every 15 minutes (Monday to Saturday daytime) to New Brighton and West Kirby and every 5–10 minutes via Hamilton Square and the Mersey Railway Tunnel to Liverpool. At other times, trains run every 30 minutes to New Brighton and West Kirby, and every 15 minutes to Liverpool. Bus Connection Timetable.
Local Taxis 0151 201 1111
Connections: 110,118,119,207,410,411 (New Brighton), 208,216,218,219,418,419 (Woodside), 407,437 (Liverpool Cook St.), 92 (Birkenhead Circular), 118,119,218,219,418,419 (Millhead), 145 (Moreton), 217 (Woodchurch), 407 (Town Meadow), 437 (West Kirby).