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?

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2018/01/26/maghull-lift-towers-up-for-new-station/

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:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/39905966511/in/dateposted/

Merseytravel – Why are they getting off scot-free over RMT train guards dispute because they caused it?

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/mcdonalds-arriva-struck-deals-striking-14120598

The Liverpool Echo has details of the forthcoming Merseyrail strike days via the article linked above

So the Merseyrail train guards dispute rumbles on with no sign of a resolution. At face value it’s the RMT Union against Merseyrail, the private sector franchise operator of trains on Merseyside. But hang on that’s far too simplistic an assessment of the dispute. Why? Because the genesis of the dispute is firmly within the hands of Merseytravel the public sector transport Committee of the Liverpool City Region.

It was Merseytravel who agreed to purchase new trains that can/will run without train guards not Merseyrail

This simple fact seems to have been lost for reasons I can’t quite get my head around. Yes Merseyrail have to do what Merseytravel tells them to do so they are pursuing the dispute in effect on behalf of Merseytravel. That being the case why is it not Merseytravel under pressure?

Answers on a postcard……..

Note – My letter on this subject was published in the Aintree & Maghull Champion Newspaper on 10th January

Maghull – Latest newsletter to residents living around the new Maghull North Station site

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.

Click on the newsletter and photos to enlarge them

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:-

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

Skelmersdale – The ‘Skem Jazzer’ from the days of steam

The old Skelmersdale Station – now long gone in the name of 1960’s progress!

With much talk these days of Skelmersdale being once again connected to the railway network, bearing in mind that this ‘New Town’ was deliberately designed not to be rail connected, I have recently come across this short video on Youtube:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIpDSDbxQgk

It’s from 1956 when Skem’ was railway connected by the line that ran from Ormskirk to Rainford Junction. The Ormskirk – Skem train back in the day was known as the ‘Skem Jazzer’.

The plan of Merseytravel and Lancashire County Council is for a new line to be brought into the Town from the present Kirkby – Wigan line, thereby extending the present Merseyrail line from Liverpool all the way into Skem. It presently terminates at Kirkby with a Northern diesel service onwards to Wigan.

The video is a lovely bit of nostalgia and worth a couple of minutes to watch.