Network Rail has lodged a planning application with Knowsley Council for a train station in Kirkby that will see the Merseyrail network extended and potentially connected to Skelmersdale in the future.
The three-platform Headbolt Lane station would replace Kirkby as the interchange between the Merseyrail Northern Line and unelectrified Kirkby-Wigan line.
The development forms part of the plans to build a new rail link to Skelmersdale, which would connect to the Merseyrail network via the Kirkby branch.
Plans for the Skelmersdale extension are still being worked up while the Headbolt Lane scheme is progressing more quickly. However, the new station is to be designed to be able to accommodate any future Merseyrail extension to Skelmersdale.
In March, the station project was given a £66m funding injection. The cash came from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Transforming Cities Fund.
Plans for the station include a 300-space car park and a bus interchange.
The new station could be operational in 2023.