Work has begun this week on the construction of a new railway station at Maghull North, which will give increased travelling options to rail users in the area.
The new Maghull North station will be located just off School Lane adjacent to the former Ashworth Hospital site, between the existing Maghull and Town Green stations on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail’s Northern Line.
The station is a key piece of infrastructure in the Sefton Local Plan, supporting demand from an adjacent 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.
Facilities at the new station will include:-
Staffed station building and ticket office with 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 new station, which will be operated by Merseyrail, is expected to be open to the public in May 2018.
The £13m scheme is being funded through the Government’s Local Growth Fund (LGF), Merseytravel and the Homes and Communities Association, which previously owned the land on which the station will be built. It will form part of the wider £340m investment by Network Rail and the Liverpool City Region in rail improvements over the next three years.
Network Rail are undertaking the scheme on behalf of Merseytravel, using the contractor Buckingham Group. Initial work has begun on clearing the vegetation on the existing railway cutting to allow construction work to begin.
To help progress the work further, Network Rail require two weekend “possessions”, which will see the closure of the railway between Maghull and Ormskirk on the weekends of 27-28th October and 4-5th November.
A rail replacement bus service will be in place during this period. A further possession will be required towards the end of the year, with full details to be confirmed nearer the time.
More details on the scheme can be found on the Merseytravel website at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/MaghullNorth. Information about the wider Network Rail investment and Liverpool City Region investment can be found at www.keepliverpoolmoving.com.
Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel said: “The start of work on the new Maghull North station is fantastic news for the local area.
“The new station is a prime example of our Long Term Rail Strategy being put into practice. The facilities at the new station will give local residents more travel options and play a big part in helping the on-going development of Maghull. We look forward to seeing the facilities open next year.”
Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Merseyrail's managing director, said: "The opening of another station on the network is testament to the surge in popularity of our railway, as an increasing number Liverpool city region residents become aware of how easy and convenient it is to travel on Merseyrail.
“With more houses being built close by, we are confident that Maghull North will soon be seen as an essential amenity within this expanding community"
Martin Frobisher, Network Rail’s London North Western route managing director, said: “With passenger figures set to double during peak periods by 2043, the upgrade to the railway across Merseyside is vital to transform train travel for passengers in the future.
“We’ve worked closely with our colleagues across the transport industry, and the Liverpool City Region, over the past two years to build a robust plan to keep passengers on the move during our upgrade.”
Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member Locality Services, said: "Now that Planning permission has been granted, it is great to see work commencing on this important piece of infrastructure promoting public transport in Maghull.”
"Not only does the new station provide some of the infrastructure needed to support our Local Plan, it also complements other transport schemes like the improvements to junction 1 on the M58 and the A59 making Sefton even more accessible.
"I look forward to the scheme progressing with the station planned to open next year."