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Park Lane was the world's first goods terminus on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway serving the south end Liverpool Docks. The station was opened in 1830. Its initial name was Wapping Station.[1] The goods station was accessed from Edge Hill rail junction in the east of the city via the 1.26 miles (2.03 km) long Wapping Tunnel.

The goods station suffered from heavy German air raids during the Second World War, being mostly rebuilt after the conflict. The station along with the Wapping Tunnel was closed in 1972 and subsequently demolished. The tunnel remains intact.

Future proposals

The Kings Dock Arena is opposite the Wapping Tunnel's portal. There have been many calls to reuse the long tunnel giving a station serving the Kings Dock Arena and immediate docks on the old goods station site.

In August 2009, the Liverpool Daily Post reported that a new Merseyrail Light-rail tram-train link from Edge Hill in the east of the city to the Arena at Kings Dock near the city centre is also being considered. The Wapping Tunnel links the two locations.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Port Cities: - Building the Liverpool and Manchester Railway". PortCities Liverpool. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Tram link bid for Liverpool airport". Liverpool Daily Post. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Terminus   Liverpool and Manchester Railway
Wapping Tunnel
  Crown Street
Line and station closed