The Liverpool Echo has the tragic story – see link above – and my posting of 8th August 2015 also carried the story of the previous tragedy – see link below:-
Clearly Network Rail and Sefton Council have to urgently find a way of replacing this dangerous level crossing with a bridge which is suitable for pedestrians (and cyclists) of all abilities.
If this latest tragedy is not the spur to take urgent action I don’t know what will be. Why on earth did Network Rail not come up with an acceptable bridge after they withdrew their previous planning application?
Here are a couple of shots of these two stations back some 40 odd years ago.
The old former Merseyrail Class 502 EMU’s were still running the services back then and until their withdrawal after 1977.
Waterloo Station looks in need of some loving care back then and it is very different now.
Freshfield – 1970’s
Waterloo Station – 1970’s
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I purchased the prints (and then scanned them) from the Friends of the 502 Group recently.
The photos are amongst the shots on my Flickr site at:-
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Southport train to Liverpool
Rounding the curve towards Sandhills Station (in the distance) by coming off the Southport line of Merseyrail. The two 507/508 EMU’s are joining the Merseyrail lines that (behind the camera) lead to Ormskirk and Kirkby. Prior to around @1968 the Ormskirk line went all the way to Preston and beyond as Scottish bound trains used the route from Liverpool’s Exchange Station to Glasgow. The same could be said of the present Kirkby line as trains ran through to Wigan and Bolton etc. Now both these lines are artificially severed at Ormskirk and Kirkby with poor and infrequent trains beyond. The trailing 3 car unit’s yellow livery is caught by the sunlight whilst the lead unit is sporting the silver/grey livery of Merseyrail. Interestingly these aged 507/508 EMU’s are presently painted yellow on one side and silver/grey on the other. Kirkdale motive power depot is also behind the camera where these units are maintained.
The photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-