Merseyside’s lost railway stations that MAY come back to life

The Liverpool Echo has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/disused-railway-stations-you-could-15949230

Well, this sounds all very positive BUT Merseytravel has a long history of big aspirational railway projects that are rarely advanced. I’ve blogged about them before as the railway press has often picked up on them as being really possible and even really likely to be progressed only for nothing much to happen at all. And the evidence for this rather downbeat assessment? – my 3 postings from 2014:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/06/11/merseytravelmerseyrail-20-years-of-big-local-railway-ambitions-many-of-which-have-hit-the-buffers-posting-3/

Notes:-

*The link above will take you to my 3rd 2014 posting about Merseytravel’s long-standing overplaying their hand and there are links within it to postings 1 and 2 in the series.

* Maghull North Station has of course now been built and it opened in June 2018

* The Halton Curve has happened but as I write there are no regular passenger trains are using it.

* Work on progressing a rail connection into Skelmersdale is being taken forward but there are no guarantees that the project will attract the huge funding required.

* New rolling stock for Merseyrail is to be delivered in 2020.

Ormskirk’s Station where Merseyrail and Northern trains meet.

One thought on “Merseyside’s lost railway stations that MAY come back to life

  1. Bob Jungels says:

    Interesting little article by the Echo but nothing has changed from when I studied all this in 2008/09.
    Kayla Bibby’s preposterous fantasy plans are still getting wheeled out like an old party trick at a kids party; the new line to Skem is still a million years away from happening (thanks in part to the grand “Northern Powerhouse Rail” plans, whereby all investment is going on improving west-east connections (Liverpool-Manchester-Leeds-Hull); Tuebrook and Anfield are in the same boat; and of course, there is no mention of the Aintree-Bootle line, nor the Burscough Curves, despite talking about Ditton (which like Burscough isn’t in Merseyside).
    You know, sometimes Councils and Transport Planners need to be a little pro-active from time to time.
    All our transport policies are based on having a ‘robust business case’, which in other words means, “What can this new station or line do for US?”, not, “How can we make this new station or line work for the surrounding community(s) and city region as a whole?”
    This is probably my biggest bug-bear with modern day planning.
    Be active! Optimistic! Don’t wait for opportunities to come along, go and make them yourself!

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