Liverpool Lime Street Station – The big refurb’

Liverpool Lime Street Station

Liverpool Lime Street Station

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/lime-street-station-revamp-first-11826191

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

The newspaper tells us that ‘the station is the first in Britain to have the hi-tech virtual reality approach used for its design as Network Rail prepares for a major transformation which will see two new platforms added and the station completely close for nine days [in Sept/Oct 2017].’

£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/

Network Rail – Tories selling our major railway stations – Will Liverpool Lime Street be sold off?

www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/network-rail-earmarks-18-major-stations-for-privatisation-in-bid-to-tackle-debt-a6886551.html

So it seems that the first 18 major railway stations in the UK are being set up for some form of privatisation but so far we don’t know which ones will be in the first tranche of sell-offs.

Lime Street Station 2r

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Will Liverpool Lime Street appear in this or a future list for sell-off? What will be the consequences for the travelling public? Will we find it leads to restrictions about who can access the stations? Will even bigger car parking charges be imposed at privatised stations?

More public assets being flogged off without a by your leave?

The photo above is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Superlambanana – Remember them in Liverpool – Capital of Culture 2008

Wikipedia has a useful page on this – see link below:-

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superlambanana

I recently found a photo that I took back in 2008 and then on a recent visit to Merseyside Police HQ I saw their Superlambanana in the reception area which certainly catches the eye even though it is unlikely to catch any criminals.

Outside Liverpool Lime Street railway Station in 2008

Outside Liverpool Lime Street railway Station in 2008

In Merseyside Police HQ

In Merseyside Police HQ

The two photos above are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/