Green light for town’s new sta­tion

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Advertiser Farming - BY LIAM MUR­PHY liam.mur­phy@trin­i­tymir­ @Vis­iter

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.”

The new sta­tion will be just off School Lane in Maghull

The sta­tion would have 156 park­ing spa­ces. In­set, Mersey­travel chair Liam Robin­son

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