One of the main routes opened was from Chester to Walton Junction just south of Warrington in 1850 to link the Chester and Birkenhead Railway to the London and North Western Railway at Walton.
The BLCJR merged with the Chester and Birkenhead Railway in 1859 to become the Birkenhead Railway and was taken over by the London and North Western Railway and Great Western Railway in 1860 as a joint line. It survived as this joint railway until nationalisation in 1948 when it became part of British Railways.
The station on this line that was in the parish was Daresbury which opened when the railway did. There is a section on this station elsewhere on our website.
A good section of the Birkenhead Railway is now part of the Merseyrail Wirral line electrified from Birkenhead to Chester. Although the unnelectrified Chester to Warrington line is still regularly used by passenger trains, the number if freight trains has dropped in recent years, the only regular recent freight trains are log trains to Chirk and sand workings to Ellesmere Port.
The reopening of the Halton curve will give extra passenger trains, an hourly service to Liverpool Lime Street via Runcorn and Liverpool Parkway. It should reopen at the end of this year or early next year.