Mott MacDonald, Owen Ellis to design Liverpool Baltic train station
The new train station, on the site of the former St James Station, is scheduled to open in 2025.
Liverpool Baltic would connect commuters to the Northern Line of the Merseyrail network. Acting as a stop between Liverpool Central and Brunswick Station, it would also offer toilet facilities, a cycle hub, and step-free access to the platforms.
Funding is still needed for the construction stage of the project, with Liverpool City Region Combined Authority seeking £55m from the government to deliver the £66m. The land for the station has already been purchased. Network Rail, Merseyrail and Liverpool City Council are all backing the scheme alongside the combined authority.
Mott MacDonald was appointed to the project under Network Rail’s Design Services Framework. Mott MacDonald is charged with creating the outline design of the station and managing the single option development.
The company confirmed it would be working with Liverpool-based Owen Ellis Architects on the design for the station. Mott MacDonald estimates this stage of the project will take a year to complete.
“There is a real local need for Liverpool Baltic,” said David Thomson, rail stations associate at Mott MacDonald.
“Not only in providing greater access to the Baltic Triangle but also in providing the people of Toxteth and surrounding areas with sustainable and affordable transport options to the wider city region,” he continued. “This will open up job opportunities for residents by allowing quicker and easier access into city regions, and further revitalise the area, delivering positive social outcomes.”
Liverpool Baltic earned its name thanks to a public opinion poll, which saw it earn nearly 78% of the vote over fellow name contenders Liverpool Parliament Street and Liverpool Riverside.
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said the name was a good choice for the station.
“The Baltic Triangle has undergone a true renaissance over the last few years, transforming itself from a forgotten industrial area into a vibrant, creative and thriving place to live, work and socialise,” he said. “The station’s name is a testament to that success – and will unlock a host of new opportunities for the people and businesses based there, boost footfall, and improve connectivity to the rest of the city region.
The original station on the site opened in 1874 and closed in 1917. Rotheram made reopening the station one of his manifesto pledges.
“This delivery of this project – alongside another new station at Headbolt Lane in Kirkby – is another manifesto commitment delivered,” Rotheram said. “It marks the first steps towards Merseyrail for All, my vision for the expansion of the local rail network. It’s a massive part of my ambition to give our city region what London has had for years – a public transport system that is better-connected, more affordable, more reliable, and easier to use.”