Plans for a new railway station in Maghull moved a step closer today (21st October) after the full business case was approved by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
The new Maghull North station will be located just off School Lane, between the existing Maghull and Town Green stations on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail’s Northern Line.
It is a key piece of infrastructure in the Sefton Local Plan, supporting demand from a new housing development which will include 370 homes, with more homes planned for the area in the near future. It will also offer relief for the existing station in the town.
Approval of the scheme unlocks £10.7m of funding allocated to the scheme through the Government’s Local Growth Fund (LGF), with further funding for the £13m scheme coming from Merseytravel and the Homes and Communities Association, which currently owns the land on which the station will be built.
The scheme forms part of the wider £340m investment by Network Rail and the Liverpool City Region in rail improvements over the next three years.
Facilities at the new station will include:-
· Staffed station building and ticket office.
· Passenger toilet.
· Passenger waiting facilities on platform
· Step-free access with lifts and a bridge to, from and between both platforms and the station building.
· 156-space car park with blue badge, motorcycle parking and cycle storage.
· Pedestrian and cycle routes from School Lane and Park Lane to the station and bus stops on School Lane.
· Future provision for electric vehicle charging points.
The planning application for the new station is now due to be submitted to Sefton Council, allowing members of the public the opportunity to comment on the plans.
A decision on planning approval is expected in January 2017. Should it be approved, work is due to start on site in August 2017, with the station opening planned for May 2018.
Cllr Rob Polhill, portfolio lead for transport and connectivity for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority “This is a fantastic example of ensuring we have effective transport systems to reflect our growing residential communities, enabling greater connectivity around the Liverpool City Region and beyond.”