Liverpool to Hull by train – Why Northern Poorhouse Rail is not delivering

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

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/what-trying-hull-back-train-16692052

I still look upon the Northern Powerhouse as a Northern Poorhouse as it seems to be a southern view of what we northerners need or a southern promise which never seems to be properly funded.

The idea of connecting cities from Liverpool to Hull by high speed rail is spot on but it is too oft talked about rather than actually being delivered within a reasonable timescale. The Liverpool Echo article clearly demonstrates the present problems but what we need ‘up north’ is UK Government investment delivered by a decentralised accountable body and we need to get on with it NOW.

Oh and no Burham Bandwagoning over it too please.

Southport and Sainsburys – A saga from which Southport’s Lord Street shopping center can only lose from surely?

Southport’s famous Lord Street shops

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

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/taking-long-new-sainsburys-store-16665281

Looking up – Some of Lord Street’s frontages are quite beautiful but empty shop units are a worry.

Liverpool Airport’s missing rail link

Departure board at Southport Station from back when you could get to Manchester Airport from our local seaside resort by train as well as from Liverpool.

A recent article on the Liverpool Echo website regarding the lack of a rail link to Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport, by Liam Thorpe, got me thinking again about this odd missing link in our local transport infrastructure. Here’s a link to the Echo article:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/after-anfield-new-rail-link-16614708

My angle on this goes back to the failed Merseytram project of some years back. At the time I was leader of Sefton Council so was involved in all the comings and goings as the project slid towards its demise when the last Labour Government in effect pulled the plug on funding Merseytram.

I raise Merseytram again now because I am utterly convinced that if the first line had been planned to go to the airport the local political wrangling which killed off the project would not have happened. If readers recall the first line was going to be built to Kirkby according to plans put forward Merseytravel yet most folk scratched their heads at this and said the first line needed to go to the airport. Well no tram/light railway lines were constructed on Merseyside at all and a lot of political fingers got burnt in the process of going nowhere.

So I’m not surprised that Liverpool Echo readers are saying to the paper what they were saying to the politicians some years back ‘build some form of rail/tram connection to John Lennon Airport’ and I agree with them now as I did in the Merseytram era.

Below is the only thing I have to remember Merseytram – a promotional bookmark:-

This promotional Merseytram bookmark is about all that Liverpool City Region has to show for its big tram ideas.

Kirkby – Maghull – Town centers both looking for a better look

When I first saw the headline (see link below) I wondered how a council could ‘buy’ a town but then realised the headline had ‘center’ missing from it.

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseyside-town-bought-council-radical-16616754

I then wondered if it was Sefton Council buying Maghull Square but the photo did not look right.

Of course it’s Kirkby town center that the Echo article is all about, a saga that goes back many, many years indeed.

And then I thought back about Maghull Square and the long promised refurb’s that go back many, many years via different owners and wondered what it will take…………..

This is Maghull Square in the 1970’s but the buildings are still pretty much as was. It was built in the 1960’s. Photographer unknown.

Prescot and its ‘Flat Iron’ building

The steeple of Prescot Parish Church just as the sun was going down.

Local history has always fascinated me and I often blog about it across Sefton and indeed Merseyside and West Lancs.

This piece – see link below – in the Liverpool Echo took my eye:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/prescot-flat-iron-building-its-16553994

Prescot’s connections with clocks is well known but this significant Lancashire town also has some interesting historic buildings too – my shot of its parish church heads up this posting.