Kayla’s network could make us a real powerhouse
TAKE a look at what the Merseyrail network could look like if it were massively expanded to match the Tube in London.
Kayla Bibby, who runs Facebook group Liverpool Underground, has unveiled her vision for a rail network with more services for areas including Southport, Ormskirk and Maghull.
They include a new Star Line, which would link Blackpool North with Southport, running through Liverpool to Birchwood.
New stations on the line would include Churchtown, Banks, Warton and Poulton-le-Fylde.
A new West Lancs Line would finally connect Southport with Preston, calling at Meols Cop, Bescar Lane, New Lane, Burscough Bridge, Rufford and Croston.
There would also be direct services from Ormskirk to Preston, calling at Burscough, Burscough Bridge, Rufford and Croston.
The proposed new stations of Skelmersdale and Maghull North, already been prepared for by Merseyrail, are on the map.
But Kayla also wants to build a new Maghull West Station, the terminus for a new Wallahoo Line, calling at new stations including Sefton, Netherton and Captains Lane, before travelling to the east of Liverpool city centre.
She also wants to see new tunnels under Liverpool and a line built on top of a Mersey barrage.
She produced her first map two years ago but has since come up with more ideas for lines – including a Sergeant Pepper Line serving north Liverpool and the proposed Bramley-Moore Dock stadium for Everton FC.
Her new map’s other proposed services include a Metropolitan Line from Whiston and Stockbridge Village that would run under the Mersey and split to serve Hoylake and Eastham.
By building new tunnels and linking them to existing ones, she would create four underground lines – the Metropolitan and:
A District Line from Maghull to Netherley via Walton, Everton Brow, the new Paddington Village and Lark Lane.
An Elizabeth Line (Lizzy Line) from Heswall to Windle Island via a city centre loop, with a branch to Kirkby.
A Central Line from New Brighton Tower to Halewood and Cronton via a new Mersey tunnel, James Street and Sefton Park.
And while the plans are very ambitious Kayla insists that, if money could be found, this super-network could be built in 30 years.
She said: “We need to start thinking like a capital city – all these world cities around the globe all have extensive underground networks.
“Everything is too London-centric in this country. London now boasts one of the best transport networks in the world.
“It’s time for central government to start committing to spending serious money on radically improving transport in the North instead of mothballing essential projects.
“It’s capital projects like Liverpool Underground that will make the Northern Powerhouse concept a success, not token gestures that won’t make any difference to the everyday lives of normal people. We need to slingshot our cities into prosperity.”
Kayla’s vision for the Mersey barrage would mean a road and a rail link built on top of the main structure with a country park above them, so people could also walk and cycle across.
Metro mayor Rotheram has Steve already proposed a barrage that could include a “light rail link” on top.
Kayla said she had been lobbying Merseytravel to buy some tunnel boring machines £10m each.
She said: “This would increase our options and enable us to expand the existing underground network like never before with minimal disruption to daily life above.
“These TBMs, boring through favourable conditions, mostly sandstone, can crack on with constructing a new tube line at 100 metres a week. After a few years when said line is complete, they can be dismantled and moved to a new location to start the next line and so on.
“This cycle would continue over the next few decades until all four tube lines: The Central Line, District Line, Lizzy Line and Metropolitan Line are complete.”
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Kayla Bibby with her diagram, also above