MP wel­comes new sta­tion – but calls for no dis­rup­tion

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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

MP Bill Ester­son at Maghull sta­tion which will ben­e­fit from the new Maghull North sta­tion through the cre­ation of ex­tra ca­pac­ity. From left: Cllr June Burns (Park), Cllr Rob Owens (Sudell), Bill Ester­son, Cllr Liam Robin­son (chair of Mersey­travel) and Cll

The Older Peo­ple’s Day is at South­port Hospi­tal

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