Maghull – Thinking of those lift towers at the new Maghull North Station

Following my posting of a few days ago (see link below) and conversations with a few folk I wonder why cladding that blends in with the skyline and trees has not been considered to make the twin towers less noticeable for the sake of the nearby residents in Mersey Avenue?

Surely such an option would be quite possible, so why not try to work it into the project before it’s too late? – in full consultation with the affected residents of course!

Maghull – Lift Towers up for new station

They are probably the most controversial part of the new station with the Mersey Avenue residents who will be living next to it:-

Presently the towers are just concrete boxes but they will look a little different when complete – something like this:-

Here’s another shot of the work on the new Maghull North station (taken on 25th January) from the Park Lane over-bridge:-

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

Maghull North Station – Progress on its construction

Things are really moving now as can be seen from the shot below taken from the School Lane overbridge today.

Click on the photo to enlarge it.

The platform edgings are now visible. The line north of the present Maghull Station remains closed to Merseyrail trains to and from Ormskirk until Monday 8th January. However, as the RMT union is on strike on the 8th and trains will not be running north of Maghull for that reason then the engineering works will continue throughout that day too.

The photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-

A review of 2017 – The meanderings of a Liberal Blogger

12 months in 12 blog postings – click on each link to read the posting

January – Loss of my dear friend ‘Uncle Albert’:-

February – Not being the Tory Party:-

March – Developing land north of Maghull’s Turnbridge Road

April – Maghull’s parks, their maintenance and money

May – Buying the Strand Shopping Centre in secretive deal

June – Bugger Moderation!

July – Youth Coffee Bar gone, CAB gone – Labour’s regressive policies!

August – Those who take land out of Green Belt then protest about its development!

September – Rimrose Valley Country Park and the Sefton Council’s part in it’s demise

October – Police move into Maghull TH but at what a cost!

November – Ex Southport MP John Pugh wins Sefton Council seat by an electoral landslide

December – Maghull North Station progress

So another year comes to a close. Not a good one, indeed another poor one as the UK slips further into the Brexit mire or is that jumps over the Brexit cliff? Either way no good will come of it but a lot of bad most certainly will.

Personally I lost more good friends in 2017 which is always sad yet in looking back at my posting about ‘Uncle Albert’ I can only feel that whilst I lost him I gained so much from knowing him.

As for 2018 the omens are not good and they will remain poor so long as Jeremy Corbyn remains wedded to Teresa May’s Brexit.

Merseyrail – No trains north of Maghull

Merseyrail Class 508 EMU at Maghull Station

In case you did not know:-

Northern Line:

From Wednesday 27 December 2017 to Sunday 7 January 2018 rail replacement buses will run between Ormskirk and Maghull stations due to preparation works for the new Maghull North station.

Passengers are advised that to reach their destination station at their normal time, they will need to catch the rail replacement bus at their origin station 20 minutes earlier than their usual train.

Above from Merseytravel’s publicity

With thanks to John Dodd for the lead to this posting

Maghull North Station – Construction progress over 4 months

I’ve been tracking the progress of the construction of Maghull’s second railway station which is due open in May 2018

Work started during September and here are 4 shots showing the stages of construction up to 16th December:-

7th September 2017

19th October 2017

17th November 2017

16th December 2017

All the photos were taken from the School Lane overbridge.

Things will really start to move soon with lift towers being the most obvious addition to the foundations already laid for them. The station building will be on the right hand side next to the Poppy Fields housing development on the former Ashworth South Site. According to drawings produced by/for Merseytravel the station buildings and car park will look like this:-

But despite this positive progress let’s not forget the residents of Maghull’s Mersey Avenue (who live in houses to the left in the 4 photos) who are having to put up with a lot of noise and inconvenience, especially at night, whilst the new station is being built.