A design team including architect We Made That has been chosen to produce a masterplan which could see Runcorn’s railway station transformed into a multi-modal transport hub.
Halton Council has picked We Made That to lead the consortium, which is also made up of ecomic consultant Regeneris; transport firm Steer Davies Gleave; and property and viability consultancy PRD.
The team has been tasked with preparing a masterplan for the area around the town’s station, which the council said had the potential to become “a multi-modal transport hub” with better connections to the town centre.
Dubbed the Station Quarter, the council has already said it would set aside resources to remove existing road infrastructure to improve the area and its connectivity.
These include some of the station’s old bridge approaches which are no longer used, as well as the ‘trumpet loop’ which currently blocks the station off from the surrounding area.
The reopening of the Halton Curve and improvements to the West Coast Mainline are expected to act as a catalyst for further passenger journeys to and from Runcorn, and the council hopes to attract additional investment as a result.
Other areas to be examined by the masterplan include local housing, employment, demographics, and the area’s businesses.
A council spokesperson confirmed Halton was now looking for partners to help provide a “transformational” development for the area.
“The Council is committed to the regeneration of the Runcorn old town area. Runcorn’s mainline station is an important asset for Halton, providing fast, frequent services to London and Birmingham, and it is a popular and convenient commuter station into Liverpool.”
Hannah Martin, associate at We Made That, said: “Runcorn is an important area of the Liverpool City Region. The re-routing of traffic over the Mersey Gateway Bridge offers positive impacts in environmental terms – opening up a sustainable transport corridor and development sites. This masterplan will be instrumental in capitalising on the potential benefits to residents and businesses in Runcorn.”