MP welcomes new station – but calls for no disruption
SEFTON Central MP Bill Esterson has welcomed the start of work on a new Merseyrail station on the Ormskirk to Liverpool rail line, but said Network Rail must keep its promise to be “good neighbours” to the local community.
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.
The new transport hub is due to open in May next year.
The station, which is predicted to bring up to £13m of economic benefits to the area each year and ease pressure on the well-used network, will have step-free access to both platforms and a 156-space car park and cycle storage.
In future, provision for electric vehicle charging points is also planned.
Mr Esterson said: “Maghull North station is a very welcome investment in infrastructure and will bring jobs to the area and make commuting and travelling easier for the people of Maghull.
“But this may cause disruption to the local area in the short-term, with some overnight works, increase in traffic and transport of machinery.
“I will be working to ensure that Network Rail keep their promise to be good neighbours and keep disruption to a minimum.
“A key part of that will be keeping the lines of communication open with the local community.
“Network Rail have appointed an environmental officer to assess various aspects of the building work to ensure there is no negative impact on drainage or other environmental aspects of the works, which is also to be welcomed.”
The £13m station, which will be operated by Merseyrail, 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 is to 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.
Future forecasts suggest that 363,000 single journeys per annum will be taken from Maghull North station.
Initial work has begun on clearing the vegetation on the existing railway cutting to allow construction work to begin.
In order to do the work, the railway will be closed between Maghull and Ormskirk on the weekends of October 27-28 and November 4-5.
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 at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/ MaghullNorth