The first Birkdale station opened on the then new, single track Liverpool, Crosby and Southport Railway. This station was located at "Old Gilbert's", over half a mile nearer Liverpool than the present station. The line was subsequently developed rapidly, being doubled and completed through to Liverpool. In 1851 this station was replaced by a wholly new, two platform station called "Birkdale Park" which formed the basis of the present day station. By 1910 it had been renamed plain "Birkdale". Both the later station and the original station building at what had evolved to be mapped as "Gilbert's Crossing" can be seen on the Edwardian OS 6" map. The old station building was not demolished until 1965. By 2012 Gilbert's Crossing was completely obliterated by housing. It was just south of the junction of Dunkirk and Dover roads.
The line became part of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (LYR), who took over from the (LCSR), on 14 June 1855. The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway amalgamated with the London and North Western Railway on 1 January 1922 and in turn was Grouped into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923. Nationalisation followed in 1948 and in 1978 the station became part of the Merseyrail network's Northern Line (operated by British Rail until privatisation in 1995). The signal box adjacent to the station, built in 1905, is a Grade II listed building. Birkdale is the only station on the line that still has a signal box.
Trains operate every 15 minutes throughout the day from Monday to Saturday and on summer Sundays to Southport to the north, and to Hunts Cross via Liverpool Central to the south. Winter Sunday services are every 30 minutes in each direction.
Birkdale station is fully accessible. Although a footbridge links platforms, both platforms can be accessed via a level crossing. Staff are on hand to assist those passengers requiring it. There is an induction loop, help point, and lost property. The station is staffed, during all opening hours, and has platform CCTV. There is a booking office and live departure and arrival screens, for passenger information. There is a telephone and toilet facilities. There is car parking for 90 cars, secure cycle storage for 24 cycles and cycle racks for a further 26 cycles. A footbridge links both platforms but both platforms can be accessed without steps via the level crossing. Bus Connection Timetable.
Local Taxis 01704 535 050, 01704 531 000, 01704 537 777
Connections: 15A (Birkdale to Marshside), 49 (Woodvale to Crossens), X2 (Liverpool to Preston)