Green light for town’s new station
PLANS to build a new £13million railway station on the line between Ormskirk and Liverpool have been given the green light.
The new Maghull North station will be built between the existing Maghull and Town Green stations on the Ormskirk branch of the Northern Line.
The ambitious scheme was given the go ahead by Liverpool city region chiefs.
It will be built just off School Lane in Maghull, with work expected to start in August next year.
Chair of Merseytravel, which oversees transport across the region, Liam Robinson said it also is hoped they will be able to “add a new station every five years or so”.
At a meeting of city region bosses on the city region combined authority the full business case was approved – although concerns were raised at the higher cost than originally thought.
The new station was originally estimated to cost around £7.37m but the report to the combined authority meeting now says “it is estimated that the cost will be £13m”.
Cllr Robinson said: “It is frustrating, because it was based on Network Rail figures and our bid for Growth Deal funds was based on this.”
But Cllr Robinson said: “The station has strong figures in terms of its business case, and this is the first of what we hope will be a new station every five years or so – that may sound slow, but in railway terms it’s actually quite fast.”
Facilities at the new station include:- will
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.
A 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 and, if 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 said: “This is a fantastic example of ensuring we have effective transport systems to reflect our growing residential communities, enabling greater connectivity around the region.”