£340m Liverpool Rail Improvements/Investments – but lets cut the Blair type re-announcements please

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseyside-train-passengers-take-strain-11068979

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-35860388

The Liverpool Echo and the BBC web site have the story – see links above

Liverpool Lime Street Station

Liverpool Lime Street Station

Two differing takes here on some welcome rail investment news for Liverpool/Merseyside, but you do get the impression, especially from the BBC article that a lot of it, like in the Blair years, is re-announcing what has already been announced to big up the overall picture.

Site for the new Maghull North Railway Station.  Photo taken looking north from School Lane road bridge. The former Moss Side Hospital site is to the right and Mersey Avenue to the left.

Site for the new Maghull North Railway Station. Photo taken looking north from School Lane road bridge. The former Moss Side Hospital site is to the right and Mersey Avenue to the left.

Take Maghull North Station, yes we know its going to happen, the Coalition Government gave more than 90% of the money for it well over a year ago. And what about the Halton Curve, the reopening of it for passenger rail services has been pumped out as new news more times than I have had hot dinners.

But please none of us get too carried away because the amount of money being invested in transportation projects in the north is nothing like what it is, per head of population, in the south east.

And what’s more our northern rail investments are unsurprisingly being linked yet again to that Northern Poorhouse project! Is there any public money now spent in the north that is not related to ‘keep the grumbling northerners from moaning too much project’?

The second photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

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