Maghull North train station proposed

Merseytravel has unveiled plans to build its first new rail station in nearly a decade, Maghull North on the Northern Line of the Merseyrail network.

Local residents will have their chance to find out more information and have their say on the proposed new station at a public event on Tuesday 24 November at Maghull Town Hall from 2pm to 8pm. Representatives from the Maghull North project team will be on hand to answer questions about the scheme.

Merseytravel opened Liverpool South Parkway in 2006, replacing Garston and Allerton stations to link the City Line with the Northern Line via a single station across the two lines. Prior to this Wavertree Technology Park opened in 2000 and Conway Park, Birkenhead in 1998.

A spokesman for Merseytravel said: “The station for Maghull North is a high priority scheme and has been proposed for a number of years. The business case for the project shows a good return for the investment. There is a significant level of housing development planned for Maghull over the coming years as part of the Sefton Local Plan, and a new station would take pressure off the existing Maghull station from the anticipated increase in demand that will come with the new housing. There is a 370-house estate which has planning approval set to be built on the site adjacent to the station.”

The new station in Maghull would be located just off School Lane on the Ormskirk branch of the Merseyrail network Northern Line. The proposals include a 200-space car park, step-free access to both platforms, ticket office, secure cycle parking, passenger waiting facilities and toilet.

Around £7m of grant has already been allocated to the project. More will be needed and the level will depend on the final scope of the station. Merseytravel, Network Rail and Merseyrail are working to finalise the design and the cost to build it.

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Always good news regarding improved heavy rail infrastructure on Merseyside. Good news for Maghull, too, as the only thing I’ve read about this place in the past couple of years are the tit-for-tat shootings and general firearms tomfoolery….

By Ady

Maghull is a pretty ordinary suburb but not much wrong with it really. Liverpool James Street, oldest deep level underground station in the world, is looking good since its refurbishment.

By Paul Blackburn (Chester)

Hamilton Square, joint oldest deep level underground in world also also looking good.

By Paul Blackburn