January start for £80m Kirkby station
Work can begin on construction of a railway station at Headbolt Lane after consent was granted for the combined authority-backed scheme.
The decision was made at Knowsley Council’s 9 December planning committee meeting. Work will begin in January 2022, with the opening of the station planned for spring 2023.
The Seed Architects-designed scheme is being delivered by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority in partnership with Knowsley Council, Network Rail, Merseyrail and Northern. Funding has come from the Transforming Cities Fund.
The new station plans include:
- Step-free access throughout the station
- A bus interchange
- Cycle parking
- Links to local cycling and walking networks
- Passenger waiting facilities and toilets
- Approximately 300 park & ride spaces
The plans for the project were lodged in September. The full scheme includes the extension of the Merseyrail network beyond the existing Kirkby station and will see Merseyrail services run into the new station. Northern services from Wigan and Manchester will also operate to and from the new three-platform station.
This will be the first station to benefit from battery technology on the new trains for the Merseyrail network, removing the need to extend the third rail beyond the existing Kirkby station.
The scheme is also designed to support future plans to build a new rail link to Skelmersdale, a long-term plan for the Combined Authority and partners Lancashire County Council, West Lancashire Borough Council and Network Rail.
As well as improving rail access to several residential areas, Headbolt Lane is also aligned to plans to support workers and visitors to one of Knowsley Business Park.
Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Coming from Kirkby, I’m always proud to see the work we are doing to help get the area back on the up again.
“From the tens of millions that we have invested in the Townie, to the construction of this new station, it’s a great example of how we’re making a real difference because of devolution – and the ability it gives us to make more decisions locally.
“This is just one step on the journey towards delivering my ambition for a London-style transport system that will make getting around our region quick, cheap and reliable wherever you live.”