Maghull – Its new North Station – An accessible interchange?

As I have been looking at the layout of the new Maghull North Station two things in particular jump out at me which don’t seem at all right.

Firstly, the vast majority of those approaching the station by foot, on a cycle, pushing a pram, using a disability buggy etc. will do so coming from the direction of Maghull Square yet the access to the new station from this direction is at present via a short flight of steps:-

There’s no alternative to these steps, there’s no dropped kerb and hard standing to School Lane so how are people with disabilities and those arriving on a bike supposed to access the station? The alternative presently is a very long detour along School Lane and then back again via the new Poppy Fields housing estate road.

Could it be that a level/accessible access is still to be provided? I’m wondering if this may be the case because of uncompleted works some 20 or 30 yards away from the steps? See what I mean?:-

Secondly, the bus stops for the new station, on School Lane, are not exactly close to it:-

In the summer maybe the walk to the bus stops is a pleasant one but in winter? Why has it not been possible to create an bus/rail interchange like you see at many stations where both are located right next to each other? This whole area has been designed from scratch so I’m scratching my head about this, I really am.

The new station is great (I use it, indeed I campaigned for it to be built over many, many years) but clearly there are teething troubles which need addressing.

With thanks to the Aintree & Maghull Champion newspaper for making this their lead story in their edition of 1st August 2018

4 thoughts on “Maghull – Its new North Station – An accessible interchange?

  1. Phil Prosser says:

    I’m afraid Tony what you’re suggesting comes under the section marked ‘common sense’! That section became defunct several years ago and has been replaced by a section marked ‘Health and Safety ‘! In this case for example, applying the old ‘common sense’ rule, the bus stop should have been placed 100 yards away, right outside the Maghull North station entrance. However, the new ‘Health and Safety ‘ section has to consider several other factors. Imagine on a dark and wet February night if a bus was stopped in the bus stop right outside the station and a stolen car with a drugged up driver travelling at 50mph came along School Lane from the Maghull direction. As he approached, he might not see the bus because of the railway bridge, and might run into the back of it and hurt himself. That would be against his human rights, and he would quite rightly be awarded damages for injuries sustained, time off work, and the stress and mental anguish of simply not putting the bus stop in a more visible position. Hope that clears up the reason for these decisions.

  2. Anon of Maghull says:

    Tony – my understanding from speaking to some of the people involved in the scheme is that you’re right, that is indeed where the planned level/disabled access is meant to be, however the land is owned by Persimmon Homes who are being fairly unhelpful in terms of getting it sorted/made safe.

    Regarding buses, I suspect the bus companies will not have been keen to drive all the way into the estate to pick-up at the station as this would affect their punctuality, plus I can’t see where they would put the bus stops any closer to the station?

  3. Edie says:

    I got in touch with Merseyrail Tony because it is my friend who is disabled the employee told me as far as she is aware they have very good disabled access however when she got in touch with Irene and she provided pictures and measurements it is 0.4 miles for her to push herself will see what happens next x

  4. Rita says:

    I’m at a loss as to why on Earth they didn’t design Maghull North without steps at all? Surely the station could have been planned appropriately? They had a blank canvas to work with and could have avoided much stress to Residents and Commuters. A simple walk-way over the lines as on Station Road at Maghull Station would have solved many issues without the need for ugly towers at the bottom of Residents gardens.

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