Built for the Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway Company the station is situated close to the busy town centre. The town is thought to have been founded by a viking called Orme around 840 AD. Whilst the town is surrounded by fertile fields, many growing the famous Ormskirk potatoes, other more unusual trades could be found.
In the early 18th century Ormskirk was home to several famous clock makers such as Webster and the Parkin brothers who were makers of the distinctive Lancashire lantern clock which were different to any other clocks in England at the time. At the highest point of the town sits the beautiful church of St Peter and Paul. The church, rich in architectural heritage, is one of only three churches in the country to have both a tower and steeple.
Ormskirk also has one of the oldest and most traditional street markets its Royal Charter granted in 1286 by Edward the first. The market trades on Thursdays and Saturdays and consists of over 100 stalls.
For a map of Ormskirk town centre click HERE.
In January 2009 work started to renovate the station buildings with the intention of bringing the outside back to its former Victorian glory and to develop the internal areas to meet the demands of the modern traveller. The design brief was given to Strzala Bright Seed Architects based in Manchester and the programme of works was carried out by Strategic Team Group, based in Stockport.
Funding for the project was a critical factor and a wide partnership was formed including: Lancashire County Council, Merseytravel, Railway Heritage Trust, West Lancashire Borough Council, NWDA, Network Rail through NSIP (National Station Improvement Programme) and the DfT through its Access for All programme.
The renovation of the station was completed in July 2009 and the newly refurbished station was opened on 31st July 2009 by The Hon Sir William McAlpine, Chairman of the Railway Heritage Trust. The project was entered into the 2010 National Community Rail Awards in the Station Development category and on Friday September 24th 2010 at a glitzy ceremony the project was awarded first prize.
SD 417084 – for a map visit www.streetmap.co.uk and enter the grid reference.
+ Staffed station
+ Ticket office (Mon – Sat 05:35 – 00:25), Sun 08:05 – 00:27)
+ Ticket Vending Machine
+ Regular service to Preston and Liverpool Central
+ Single platform
+ Waiting room (open during booking office hours)
+ Waiting shelter
+ Additional seating on Platform
+ Car park (80 spaces)
+ Cycle parking
+ Long Line Public Address
+ Bus station is 5 minutes walk – click here for bus timetables
+ Rail User Group – Ormskirk, Preston & Southport Travellers Association
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