VIDEO | Flythrough of Headbolt Lane Station as work starts on site

The Merseyrail station in Kirkby is set to open to the public in 2023 as part of an £80m project to expand the rail network and improve the existing Kirkby station.

Buckingham Group has begun works on the site.

Designed by Seed Architects, Headbolt Lane Station will have step-free access throughout, as well as offer cycle storage spaces, passenger waiting facilities and approximately 300 park-and-ride space.s There will also be a bus interchange.

In addition to Merseyrail services, the station will also have a Northern service from Wigan and Manchester.

Watch the video above to take a virtual flythrough of what the completed station may look like. You can also watch the video on the Place North West YouTube channel.

Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram visited the site as earthworks began.

“As a Kirkby native, I’ve heard talk about a new station coming to Headbolt Lane for as long as I can remember,” he said.

“Thanks to devolution, with more decisions being taken locally, we are finally going to make it a reality.”

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has teamed up with Knowsley Council, Network Rail, Merseyrail and Northern on the Headbolt Lane Station project. The Transforming Cities Fund has provided financial support.

Knowsley Cllr Tony Brennan, cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, praised the new station plans, saying that it would improve transport options for those living in the Northwood and Tower Hill area, as well as making it easier to access Knowsley Business Park.

“The new station will open up access to places of education, employment and training for a wider number of Kirkby residents,” Brennan said. “These are exciting times for the town and support our ongoing commitment to the development of Kirkby.”

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Kirkby Brook is a much better name for this station than Headbolt Lane, which sounds like something out of The Munsters, as there is a stream nearby of the same name and also lets people know it is in Kirkby.

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