Chairman Pip's Railway Thoughts

On the road to…Everton

Posted in Great Britain, On the road..., Other general stuff about railways by Chairman Pip on 13 May 2013

When there is more than one team from the same city in the same division, you get to know the routes to and from where you are to where they are. I’ve no doubt that, given there are six London clubs in this season’s Premier League, and that many fans will have been to all six by train, that people have come to know the various London termini quite well by now. However, this is as nothing when it comes to people travelling to see the two teams in the city at the end of the M62, because it isn’t just a case of travelling to the same city terminus…the proximity of the two of them means that they even share the same local station. Which is a bugger then that, because of a certain horserace putting the kibosh on my trip to the red half, I can’t simply copy the same post twice, and can only report back on my trip to Everton.

Date: 12th May 2013
Stadium: Goodison Park
Capacity: 40,157
Attendance: 39.475
Away Section: Bullens Road Stand
Score: Everton 2-0 West Ham United
Nearest station: Kirkdale
Local rozzers: Merseyside Police
Total Travel Cost: £78.00 (2 x Advance Singles, 1 x Weekend First, 1 x Soccerbus Train Return)

Rail journeys:
09:11 – New Cross to London Charing Cross (Southeastern Class 465/466 Networker)
Northern LineCharing Cross to Euston (1995 Stock)
10:15 – London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street (Virgin Trains Class 390 Pendolino)
13:55 – Liverpool Central to Sandhills (Merseyrail Class 507)
17:14 – Sandhills to Moorfields (Merseyrail Class 508)
18:48 – Liverpool Lime Street to London Euston (Virgin Trains Class 390 Pendolino)
Northern Line – Euston to London Bridge (1995 Stock)
21:43 – London Bridge to New Cross (Southeastern Class 465 Networker)

Station to Stadium: Goodison Park, much like its near neighbour on the other side of Stanley Park, is something of a trek for those favouring “shank’s pony”; the nearest railway station is Kirkdale, which is around a mile away through myriad side streets. This is why it’s a lot easier to take advantage of the shuttle bus service that operates from outside Sandhills station and drops you on Walton Lane at the Park End of the ground. Then it’s merely a case of a short wander (which is nice if it’s sunny, and rubbish if it’s raining) along the road to Bullens Street, and hey presto, the away turnstiles.

Anything else?: The “Soccerbus” scheme operated by Merseytravel is in place for both Everton’s and Liverpool’s home games, and run from the same railway station, Sandhills. Similarly, Kirkdale is the closest railway station for both Goodison Park and Anfield.

Sandhills station

Sandhills railway station

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  1. Claire said, on 14 May 2013 at 1:15 am

    I’m assuming Liverpool Central and Moorfields are easily walkable from Lime Street, are they? I think we actually travelled to and from Liverpool Central, didn’t we? And was Moorfields near that church? I think we passed it on one of our walks during our week there but I can’t be sure which station was where

    Sounds like a long day for you btw. I hope you didn’t get too tired.

    • Chairman Pip said, on 14 May 2013 at 7:56 pm

      No, we didn’t use Liverpool Central, beyond passing through it on the train to James Street. That’s about three minutes walk from Lime Street, while Moorfields is a little further (tookme about ten minutes). We passed Moorfields on the bus tour, which is where I saw the facade of the old Liverpool Exchange, and why I got off there (in order to take some pictures). Which church do you mean?

      It was tiring by the end, but then again it always is on a long away trip. No worse really than Sunderland.


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