Friends of Hadlow Road Station


One of the issues raised through the Community District Plan consultation was of the need to improve Hadlow Road Station.  Consequently the  Residents’ Society has established an independent ‘Friends’ group which will work with Cheshire West and Chester Council to develop this local amenity.   Legal matters such as the constitution and relationship with the Council have been agreed and a committee has been formed.

The group has developed a list of  improvements that need to be done which can be seen by clicking here:Development list.  The group also holds regular community clear up days.  If you would like to become  involved, either as a  volunteer or committee member, please contact Chris Hampshire on 0151 327 4511.

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Volunteers get active during a clear up day

For brief videos of the work being done on the trolley, click here and here.

Did You Know?

  • The Hooton to West Kirby railway opened on 1st October 1866;
  • Passenger services stopped on 17th September 1956 but it continued to be used for freight until 7th May 1962;
  • The station is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building;
  • The Wirral Way, from Hooton to West Kirby is 12 miles long.

The Station Cafe 

On two Sundays each month, the Friends of Hadlow Road Station operate a cafe at the station where you can buy light refreshments, bacon butties and cake.  For details of the next opening, go to our home page.



Santa’s Grotto

The signal box is used as Santa’s Grotto each year.  Over 130 children meet Santa and his Elves through the afternoon.  Visitors also enjoy entertainment, along with face painting and traction engine rides.

To see an audio-visual of the 2016 event, click here.

To see an audio-visual of the 2015 event, click here.

Thanks to Martin Eves for the productions of the audio-visuals.

The next Santa’s Grotto will take place on Sunday 9th December 2018 from 12.30pm to 4pm.


150th Celebration 

On 1st October 2016, the Friends put on an event to celebrate 150 Years of the opening of the station.  The event was opened by Justin Madders MP and included visits by Victorian travellers, Mersey Morris Men and the Chester Brass Band.

To see an audio-visual of the event, click here.

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Signal Box Re-opening

The structural and safety work which has been required for some time to refurbish the signal box is now complete.  The Friends of Hadlow Road Station Society had a “re-opening ceremony” at the station on Sunday 27th September 2015. To see the audio visual of the event, click here.


To view minutes of meetings and updates, click on the links below:


4 June 2018 Minutes

26 March 2018 Minutes

5 February 2018 Minutes


4 December 2017 Minutes

2 October 2017 Minutes

7 August 2017 Minutes

June 2017 Update

2017 AGM minutes

3 April 2017 Minutes

13th February 2017 Summary Notes

6 February 2017 Minutes


Santa Grotto Learning 2016

28 November 2016 Minutes

26 October 2016 Event Sub-committee

12 October 2016 Events Sub-committee

3 October 2016 Officers Meeting

5 Sept 2016 Minutes

4 July 2016 Minutes

27 June 2016 Officers Meeting

2016 AGM Minutes

4 January 2016 Minutes


2 November 2015 minutes

7 September 2015 Minutes

29 June 2015 Minutes

2015 AGM Minutes

27 April 2015 Minutes

8 April 2015 Minutes

March 2015 Update

2 March 2015 Minutes

January 2015 Hadlow Road Station Review

To view other documents, click on the links below:

Funding requirements


Fire Risk Assessment

Child Protection Policy

Equality and Diversity Policy

Health and Safety Policy Risk Assessment

Vulnerable Adults Policy

Privacy Notice


  To keep up to date with activities at Hadlow Road Station, link into the facebook site by clicking here.