Ellesmere Port

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Template:GBdot Ellesmere Port is an industrial town in the district of Ellesmere Port and Neston, Cheshire, England, which was founded, as the name suggests, as an outlet to the sea from Ellesmere, Shropshire and the Wales border area around Llangollen (via a canal then called the Ellesmere Canal). The town has a population of 64,100.

The Manchester Ship Canal joins the Mersey estuary north-west of Ellesmere Port at Eastham, but the town is also the northern terminus of the Shropshire Union Canal (which used to exchange goods with sea-going boats at what is now the boat museum). There are a number of tourist attractions - the Boat Museum, the "Blue Planet" aquarium and the McArthur Glen Cheshire Oaks outlet village. The town is primarily industrial, being dominated by a Shell oil refinery and an ICI chemical works, The town is also home to a car factory manufacturing the Vauxhall Astra.

Ellesmere Port has a railway station with frequent electric services to Liverpool and occasional trains to Helsby on the Chester to Warrington line, However there are now rumors that Ellesmere Port Railway Station will become a terminus with trains only running to Liverpool. It is also located at the interchange of the M56 and the M53.

Ellesmere Port was nearly included into the Merseyside borough of Wirral when that was formed in 1974. It was removed from the proposals before the Local Government Act 1972 had its first reading.

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