Trains to Runcorn

How to get there, what to do and how to get home with Avanti West Coast.


Runcorn is a town of contrasts. It’s an industrial town, dominated for a century by the chemical plants and docks that run along its western banks of the Mersey; several industrial estates are home to a host of factories and offices, too. But the industrial areas are concentrated around the edges, leaving the main town green and domestic, with tree-lined streets, conservation areas and lots of wide open spaces. It was also one of the first New Towns in the UK, and these huge estates are where the majority of the population live.

Runcorn Station is just next to the Old Town and sits on the main line between Liverpool and Crewe. Immediately to the north, the track sits on the impressive railway bridge that was built in 1868 and crosses the Mersey between Runcorn and Widnes – all trains to Runcorn from Liverpool cross it. Next to the impressive steel arch road bridge that was completed in 1961, and that’s now accompanied by the equally spectacular Mersey Gateway bridge, completed in 2017.

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Popular Avanti West Coast trains to Runcorn

It’s easy to reach Runcorn by train from anywhere in Britain. Here are some times to give you an idea how long it will take.

Fastest Journey Times

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Fastest time

Liverpool to Runcorn

15 minutes

London to Runcorn

1 hour 53 minutes

Milton Keynes to Runcorn

1 hour 22 minutes

Rugby to Runcorn

1 hour 10 minutes

Things to do in Runcorn

If you love civil engineering, especially bridges, you could spend a day touring the town admiring the feats of construction. The Victorian railway bridge is a Grade II listed building, and although you can’t walk across it, you can admire the work from below. Right next to it is the 1961 steel arch bridge, which you can walk across, affording wonderful views of the Mersey from 25 metres above. Finally there’s the new Mersey Gateway bridge, a huge modern cable-stayed bridge that spans a much wider section of the Mersey between Runcorn and Widnes.

Runcorn Steel Arch Bridge

Runcorn, like much of Cheshire, sits on a huge expanse of sandstone, and it has been quarried in Runcorn since Norman times. Hundreds of local buildings are made of this stone, but also further-flung structures like Liverpool, Manchester and Chester Cathedrals and the docks in New York, USA. The quarrying stopped in the 1930s, and nature took over, which means there are now acres of lovely woodland walks, amazing views over Liverpool and some high quarried cliffs for rock climbing. There’s also a park, and the fantastic Esposito’s Deli where you can grab a coffee, a snack and a delicious ice cream.

Norton Priory was an abbey that had been largely forgotten about after being largely demolished by Henry VIII. It became a site of interest in the 1970s, when excavation started, and revealed walls, mosaic floors and a stunning crypt. There’s also an 18th century walled garden with all manner of plants, and a large woodland to explore.

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Runcorn Station Information

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Runcorn Station Information

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