Ainsdale – When is a Police Station/Hub not one?

Ainsdale Station during rebuilding – October 2017

I’ve posted before about the rebuilding of Ainsdale Station on the Liverpool – Southport Northern Line of Merseyrail. My most relevant blog about it is accessible via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2017/08/04/ainsdale-railway-station-its-going-to-have-a-police-station-on-its-platform-like-town-green-station/

And a quick reminder of the Southport Visitor newspaper story of 2nd August 2017:-

www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/southport-west-lancs/ainsdale-getting-new-police-station-13422778?utm_source=sharebar&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=sharebar

Now if I told you that it seems the Police Hub is hardly, if at all, in use still in April 2019 you may be a little surprised based on on previous publicity. Who’s got the key? Is there any internet available? When will the girls and boys in blue be using it I wonder?

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Maghull – Count down to new station opening on 18th June

With just 28 days to go before the planned opening of Maghull’s 2nd railway station (Maghull North) there still seems to be much to do. These two photos were taken on 20th May:-

The top photo shows the station building and the bottom one the present state of the car park.

It is now pretty obvious that the station could never have been ready for the original 20th May opening date and I think it fair to say that most folk thought that date was just a little too optimistic anyway. We were told that the delay was due to signalling issues but clearly the station itself was far from complete on 20th, the day the new timetable changes were made nationally.

So the big question now is will the revised date of 18th June be met? We all hope so but I don’t think it will be any great surprise if it is not. Ainsdale station, also on the Merseyrail’s Northern Line, is presently being rebuilt and it was due to be completed by March 2018 so I’m told; work is still ongoing there and far from complete.

Ainsdale – Rebuilding of its ‘railway’ station

www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/completion-date-ainsdale-train-station-14293061

The Southport Visiter has the story on its web site – it’s accessible via the link above

This is a really positive story of progress on Merseyrail which I have been ‘tracking’ (yes I know) for some time now.

Lynne Thompson on I on Ainsdale Station back in 2011.

I was Leader of Sefton Council when Lynne Thompson, now Cllr. Lynne Thompson, was campaigning for the rebuild, that was back in 2011.

Oh yes and have you noticed an ‘Americanism’ creeping into every day use – ‘Train Station’ is a term used in the USA, they have always been railway stations in the UK.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Ainsdale – Work progresses on it’s new station buildings

I have blogged about the rebuild that is presently ongoing at this Merseyrail Station before. My last posting is accessible via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2017/08/04/ainsdale-railway-station-its-going-to-have-a-police-station-on-its-platform-like-town-green-station/

I went back to have a look at progress last week and things on the Southport bound platform side are clearly radically changing as steelwork for the new station building is now up – see lead photo above.

The state of the old station buildings can be summed up with this photo:-

What you are looking at is the rear wall of the platform building on the Liverpool bound side of the station (facing Chesterfield Road), quite a mess indeed.

Click on the photos to enlarge them

Ainsdale Railway Station – It’s going to have a Police Station on its platform like Town Green Station

www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/southport-west-lancs/ainsdale-getting-new-police-station-13422778

The Southport Visiter has the story on its web site – see link above

That Ainsdale Station is being upgraded is not new news but this aspect of it caught my eye not least because I had blogged about Town Green Station on the Liverpool – Ormskirk Line having Aughton Police Station on it only recently – 7th July. Here’s a link to that previous posting:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2017/07/07/emergency-services-austerity-causes-innovative-and-welcomeunwelcome-thinking/

Ainsdale Station has been in need of a refurb’ for a long time now and I recall Cllr. Lynne Thompson backing the campaign for the much needed works quite some time ago (2011). Indeed she did that before she was elected as a councillor for Sefton’s Ainsdale Ward. Looking back through my old photos I found this shot of Lynne and I on the station:-

My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Ainsdale – Station upgrade gets £800,000 from Merseytravel

Merseytravel approves its contribution to Ainsdale Station re-build

Merseytravel’s contribution to the re-build of Ainsdale Station has been confirmed this week, with work on the project due to start later in the year.

Merseytravel directors approved the allocation of £800,000 to the £2.5m scheme for the Merseyrail station which is also being funded through the Government’s National Stations Improvement Programme (NSIP), and Network Rail.

The scheme, due for completion in summer 2017, will see the existing station building demolished to make way for a new booking hall and passenger waiting area with improved information facilities including Wi-Fi and USB charging points.

Platforms will be updated with improved information screens and poster provision, new canopies, increased seating and new waiting shelters on the Liverpool Platform.

There will also be a community Police drop-in facility, a revised park and ride layout to improve safety around the existing entrance, secure cycle parking and improved lighting and CCTV.

I found this photo of me with Lynne Thompson on Ainsdale Station back in 2011 when I was leader of Sefton Council and Lynne was fighting to get elected as a ward councillor for Ainsdale. In 2016 she won that battle I am pleased to say.

I found this photo of me with Lynne Thompson on Ainsdale Station back in 2011 when I was leader of Sefton Council and Lynne was fighting to get elected as a ward councillor for Ainsdale. In 2016 she won that battle I am pleased to say.

With thanks to Merseytravel Committee member and Southport Cllr. John Dodd for the lead to this story