HALEWOOD TO SOUTHPORT
 

The Halewood to Aintree cycleway – part of the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT) – previously came to a dead stop at Fazakerley North Junction, as the result of a missing bridge (GR 366964) over Merseyrail's Liverpool Central to Kirkby line.

In 1999, the bridge was replaced and, more recently, the trail has been extended north through the short but illuminated Warbreck Road tunnel (A59) to the site of Warbreck station. It continues north through a cutting and under Merseyrails' Ormskirk line until, approaching the site of Aintree Central station, it leaves the Cheshire Lines Committee trackbed to join the former North Mersey branch at the bridge over Warbreck Moor (A59), the site of the former Racecourse station. The TPT follows the North Mersey branch east, eventually joining the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, which takes it to the final railway section from Maghull (not Ainsdale, as stated in Vinter's Gazetteer) to Southport.

Report by Ralph Rawlinson