The Liverpool City Region Station Commission is drawing up proposals for a rail station that would link Liverpool city centre with High Speed Two and Northern Powerhouse Rail services.
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “I want our region to maximise the huge opportunities that HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail offer. The current capacity at Lime Street isn’t enough to cope with significantly larger high-speed trains, so we want to construct a brand-new station that will provide world-class facilities to welcome visitors to our world-class city region.”
Chaired by Everton FC chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale, the commission is tasked with identifying and considering options for the station’s location, size and functions, and assessing the potential for significant regeneration and redevelopment associated with a new city centre train station.
The commission, which met for the first time this week, comprises a range of experts from across transport, business and the public sector.
They will inform the development of business cases, feasibility studies, economic analysis and masterplanning as proposals progress, and in particular will aim to ensure integration with relevant programmes, such as Northern Powerhouse Rail.
A station to replace or expand Liverpool Lime Street would have to accommodate 21st century trains and to link HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail to the rest of the city region’s local transport infrastructure.
“When it is built, it will be much more than a rail station,” Rotheram added. “I want it to be an architecturally stunning gateway that offers a mix of leisure, retail and office accommodation.
“I have always said that connectivity is critical to our ambitious proposals. Having the facility for improved services North/South, but also West/East, would both cut passenger journey times and increase freight capacity, bringing much-needed environmental, social and economic benefits for our area and the whole country.”
Barrett-Baxendale said the project would “not only create a world-class transport hub and gateway to the Liverpool City Region that is fit for the 21st century, it will bring optimism and opportunity as we emerge from the effects of Covid-10.”