Kirkby Station
The project is one of 18 transport schemes earmarked for funding by the city region authority

Kirkby Headbolt Lane station takes step forward

Dan Whelan

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has pledged £3.3m to develop a new rail station for the town, which will form part of the extension of Merseyrail’s Northern Line. 

Plans for Kirkby Headbolt Lane include the redeveloped Kirkby station building, plus around 500 park and ride spaces and a bus interchange.

The city region authority is about to enter the design phase for the project, and as yet no potential contractor has been appointed. The new station is planned to be operational by 2023. 

The Merseyrail extension will enable travel beyond the Kirkby terminal, serving residents in the Northwood and Tower Hill areas of the town. 

Northern services from Wigan and Manchester would operate to and from the new station. The development also forms part of wider plans to build a rail link to Skelmersdale, which would then connect to the Merseyrail network via Kirkby.  

Talks about this scheme are ongoing between Merseytravel, Lancashire County Council and West Lancashire Borough Council, with the parties expecting to complete an outline business case by September. 

The Kirkby project is one of 18 transport and infrastructure schemes earmarked for £173m of funding from the combined authority. The £3.3m for Headbolt Lane has come from the city region’s Strategic Investment Fund.

Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said: “A new station at Headbolt Lane is great news for the people of Kirkby. It shows my continued commitment to invest in transport infrastructure across the whole city region. 

“As a local lad, Kirkby is close to my heart, so I’m pleased it will now be better connected to the city region. An improved public transport network is central to ‘building back better’ and supporting our economic recovery.” 

Karen Hornby, head of performance and customer relations at Network Rail, said: “The new station and reinstatement of two tracks, will ensure Merseyrail and Northern can serve a greater number of passengers in the wider Kirkby area. 

“It will also mean better connections to Liverpool and Manchester by public transport, bringing greater opportunities for work, study and leisure.” 

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It`s a pleasure to see some investment being allocated outside the city centre.

By Wirral wool

Next stop Skem. Good luck with this!

By Red Squirrel.

I don’t know about a new station we want a town centre no supermarket been waiting about 15 years so maybe they should get your facts right then think about a station good town centre for people to come to

By Brian Bailey 46@gmail .com

@BrianBailey46@gmail.com i assume you’re saying they should build a new supermarket before the station? Not that the two are mutually exclusive regardless you do know the redevelopment of the town centre is likely to be completed by the end of the year. Even with a delay that’s still going to be 2 years before this station opens.

By Kirkby born and bred

Not being a part of a city region that does not care about anywhere outside its city centre radius would help.

By Anonymous

Brian…Kirkby does have a town centre of sorts…it just looks and feels like a federal supermax prison, unfortunately…

By North by North-West

Kirkby’s a great town with a great heart. Adding these facilities is long overdue. Tower Hill sits in a very beautiful area, and has come along way. This station also links to business opportunities on the edge of Northwood. Linking all this together with Skem can only bolster both towns as places to do business and to live.

By Red Squirrel

@ Brian Bailey 46 @ gmail.com Do you live in a cave? Have you seen what is happening in the town centre?? The Metro Mayor already put his money where his mouth is on that one!

By Que?

Great news ….But need to push on with the skem link will be good for city region and isolated communities In Skem ….who,have very poor public transport links

By George

The sooner this is completed and extended to Skem it will be a great addition to the network, however I hope they provide better weather protection for commuters than that tiny bus shelter on the platform.
We need Mayor Steve to now fast track the Baltic station and push forward major plans to extend the Northern line to Gateacre at least,and get an airport link done.

By sound