Here are a couple of photo’s taken on Sunday 14th January of work being undertaken on the site of the Town’s new and soon to be second railway station, which is due to open in May of this year:-
It is 66 years this month since Maghull lost its original second railway station on the Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway. That station was on Sefton Lane and it was called Sefton & Maghull.
Sefton & Maghull Station @ 1930 – Photo D Thompson
The station closed on 7th January 1952 and the site has been built over by what was originally the Koters factory.
The site of Sefton & Maghull Station in 2017
The only reaming thing associated with that station is what is now a hump in Sefton Lane. The hump was until not so long ago a bridge carrying the road over the old railway. It was too expensive to take away the whole bridge and ramps up to it so the open part, where the tracks originally were, was filled in by Sefton Council in the 1990’s. Here’s an old photo from when the bridge and its parapet wall was still in place – the copyright owner is unknown to me:-
So 66 years after losing it’s second railway station Maghull will get it back all be it on the same Liverpool – Ormskirk line as the present Maghull Station.
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This is the latest newsletter delivered to residents of the Mersey Avenue area who are significantly impacted on by the construction works:-
I note that there’s another opportunity for Mersey Avenue residents to meet the station construction team at Maghull Town Hall on 18th January at 6pm.
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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.
Here’s the latest newsletter being delivered to houses close to the construction works:-
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Note:- Header and footer removed from scan of newsletter
Maghull North Station site on 4th December with a train running through from Ormskirk.
Be prepared especially if you are using the Liverpool Ormskirk Line – the link below to the Merseyrail site may help
In particular please keep this in mind:-
Planned Engineering Work
Maghull – Ormskirk
Wednesday 27 December until Sunday 7 January 2018
Preparation for the new Maghull North station will take place between December 27th 2017 and January 7th 2018. Rail replacement buses will run between Ormskirk and Maghull stations.
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.
And spare a thought for the Mersey Avenue residents who are having a tough time because of the construction works associated with the new Maghull North Station.
With thanks to Bob for the lead to this posting
The construction site on 11th November
I have covered the planning and construction phases of the new Maghull North Station many times before on this blog site.
Sadly, within weeks of the construction starting there was conflict between the work the contractors were doing and the nearby residents living in Mersey Avenue. Noise, intrusive lighting, night working and the lack of consultation/communication with residents over the detail of the build process were the major issues.
Action was promised to residents and Independent Sefton Cllr. Matt Gannon who lives nearby himself and represents the residents. From this the 1st of a promised two weekly edition of newsletters has been delivered to residents living around the construction site. Here’s a scan of that 1st edition:-
Has the process that has now been put in place and the issues that have been addressed met resident concerns sufficiently? Time will tell.
Please click on the scanned newsletter above to be able to read it