Newton-le-Willows station has reopened following the completion of a £19m upgrade by Galliford Try and Network Rail, backed by Merseytravel and the Local Growth Fund.
The revamp of the station includes a new 400-space car park, a bus interchange, step-free access via a new subway and lifts, improved waiting areas, and new toilets.
Supported by the Local Growth Fund and Merseytravel, the scheme cost around £19m to complete, and forms part of the wider Great North Rail Project, which will see £340m invested in the Liverpool City Region by the end of this year.
Merseytravel and Network Rail is also delivering upgrades to 100 platforms and will carry out track improvements at 58 stations ahead of the new trains arriving in 2020.
Other works that have taken place over the last month include upgrades to platforms and track remodelling at Walton, Orrell Park, Aintree, Old Road, Maghull, Town Green, Aughton Park, and Ormskirk stations.
The works carried out across the network will allow platforms to be ready for new trains, which feature step-free access; this will allow wheelchair users to board trains without a ramp.
Cllr Liam Robinson, transport portfolio holder for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said: “The opening of the new and improved facilities at Newton-le-Willows is great news for local rail users and we thank them for the patience they have shown while the work has been taking place.
“The project team have faced a number of challenges in the construction of the new facilities but they have managed to deliver the scheme while keeping the station open and services running on the busy Manchester to Liverpool line.
“The new station and park and ride facilities are a significant investment by the Liverpool City Region. They will establish a transport hub which will link local transport through bus and rail with strategic rail links across the country, and is a prime example of our Long Term Rail Strategy being put into practice.”
Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram added: “I am delighted that the new facilities at the Newton-le-Willows Interchange have now been completed.
“Through schemes like this, we are directly investing in our public transport system to deliver an improved service across the city region, enabling better access to a host of opportunities for work, education and leisure.”