Merseyrail – Watch out for Ormskirk Line closures!

Maghull Station

Phase 1 of the platform upgrade work for the new trains will start on the Ormskirk line on 20 October 2018. The following stations will be closed during the work:

Ormskirk to Walton – from 20 October to 28 October
Ormskirk to Old Roan – from 29 October to 9 November

Merseytravel say that high quality rail replacement buses will run between:

Ormskirk and Sandhills – from 20 October to 28 October
Ormskirk and Aintree – from 29 October to 9 November

Aintree Station at night

As well as regular buses stopping at all affected stations, additional express buses will run between selected stations.

More information on these services, all well as full timetables, can be found on www.merseyrail.org/platform-upgrade-works.aspx

Please note: Ticket offices at all Ormskirk line stations will still be staffed, and Northern (Arriva) trains will run from Ormskirk station as usual.

Editors Note:- All the above information is from Merseytravel

Maghull – Foot and cycle path to Park Lane from new station

I’ve raised this issue a few times recently as back when the Poppy Fields housing estate site was down to be a new prison there was, along with the new Maghull North Station, an access path to be constructed right through to Park Lane. The path was brought into the the design of the site so to provide easier access to the new station for residents in the Park Lane area.

Here’s part of the access path looking towards Park Lane from Maghull North Station car park. Like Goldcrest Road it was constructed as part of the initial works for the prison that was cancelled.

My concern and indeed that of others has been that whilst the new station has been completed there’s no sign of the path being completed and opened up. This led me to chase up Merseytravel and Sefton Council and I now have what looks like some good news. This statement is from Sefton Council Highways Dept:-

I can confirm that I have persuaded Persimmon Homes to incorporate this footpath within their formal s38 Highways Act 1980 submission for the roads and footpath to be put forward to the Council for formal adoption. They will in turn become highways maintainable at public expense.

My thanks to Sefton Highways for chasing this matter through and gaining a good end result. It will just be a question of time now before the footpath/cycle path is completed and opened up for public use. That timescale is presently unknown and is down, I understand, to the phasing of the house builder’s works on the Poppy Fields site.

Hope that helps? Oh and BTW Sefton Highways have also agreed to take up the issue of the requested dropped kerb (for cyclists) onto School Lane where the recently opened level access to the new station reaches the pavement.

Maghull – At last, level access to Maghull North Station

Well we’ve waited for 3 months but finally level access to Maghull’s new North Station has been provided off School Lane and it was open yesterday:-

Still no dropped kerb for cyclists though, so they can access the path, so time to put some pressure on Sefton Council to get that work done. And surely the bill should be paid by Merseytravel, should it not? This is the offending kerb:-

More news when I get it.

Giant U Turn? Well a small one anyway as Hightown is saved from station closure during event

Little girl and her dog near the old Mersey Tunnel entrance during the last Giants tour of Liverpool.

I blogged about this only a few days ago and it seems that public pressure has brought about some concessions regarding the number of Merseyrail Stations that will close during the The Giants Spectacular in Liverpool in a couple of weeks time. But even with these limited concessions Merseyrail and the powers that be who are organising the event have managed to cheese off a lot of the travelling public by closing stations on the network.

Hightown is one station reprieved:-

Hightown Station

The BBC has the story on its web site – see link below:-

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-45627563

With thanks to Keith Page for the lead to this posting.

Merseyrail – That new train fleet in more detail

The new Stadler trains (ordered by Merseytravel the Transport Committee of Liverpool City Region) which will be coming to Merseyrail in early 2020 look to be innovative and potentially class leading.

Here’s some photos from a mock-up of a Stadler train carriage so you can see how very different the new trains will look from the present rather elderly (40 years old in fact) British Rail built 507 and 508 trains:-

And you can see the mock up yourself too. Here’s where and how:-

The mock-up will be on display at the following times:

· Pacific Road, Birkenhead, CH41 1LJ: 1-14 October, Mon-Sun 8.00 to 17.30, Tues 8.00-19.30

· Liverpool Lime Street, L1 1JD: 5-18 November, Mon-Sun 7.00 to 18.30

The new trains are going to be fitted with battery packs so that they will be able to travel beyond the present electrified 3rd rail network. This brings all kinds of possibilities in terms of expanding the reach of Merseyrail to places like Burscough, Preston, Skelmersdale etc. without the need for costly electrification. Such opportunities are clearly most welcome and OPSTA* will be looking to pursue them at every turn.

With thanks to Bob for the lead to this posting.

*OPSTA – Ormskirk, Preston and Southport Travellers Association

Maghull – It’s new North Railway Station will have level access soon – Only 3 months after it opened!

Well the pressure finally brought about some action and work is proceeding – This is how things looked earlier today:-

But who will provide the dropped kerb to enable cyclists to access the station off School Lane? Oh no, let’s hope it not another case of here we go again; let’s guess the likely responses:-

It was not considered as part of the new station build project
or
It’s Merseytravel’s/Merseyrail’s/Sefton Council’s/Persimmon’s/Network Rail’s responsibility
or
Sefton Council will provide a dropped kerb if someone else pays for it
or
There’s no money and its not going to happen
or
Common sense will prevail and someone in authority will get it done ASAP

Take your pick but don’t hold your breath because I’m beginning to think that too many things about this new station project were not thought about/planned for.

PS. I’m still awaiting some firm information about the proposed foot/cycle path through to the station from Park Lane i.e. is it going to happen and if so when?