Liverpool painting. May I Start, May I Finish. Painting of Mill Lane
First time I'd ever been here today, I didn't even know West Derby had had a station. I spent time on what is now the Liverpool Loop. That's one of the good things about this project, I'm getting to sit draw or paint parts of the city I've never visited before.
The Loopline was abandoned in 1964 by British Rail and became quite derelict until 1986 when plans were drawn up for its conversion to a walking and cycling route.
Construction began in 1988, and the final section to Aintree opened in 2000. The railway path provides a flat, well surfaced green corridor through the urban environment of east Liverpool, and forms part of the award-winning Trans Pennine Trail. The route takes the form of a woodland park which runs through rocky cuttings or high on embankments with wide views across the city.
There are many bus routes running across and parallel to the path and service frequencies are available from Merseytravel. There are local railway stations near to the route at Hunts Cross, Halewood, Broad Green, Rice Lane and Walton.
West Derby railway station was a station located on the North Liverpool Extension Line to the south of Mill Lane, West Derby, Liverpool, England, it opened on the 1st December 1879.
It closed to passengers on the 7th November 1960, it was used by freight trains until 1975, even though the tracks were not lifted until of early 1979. This station was about 2 miles away from Croxteth Hall which was the home of Lord Sefton.