Skelmersdale – Putting it back on the railway map?

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/skelmersdale-rail-link-moves-step-13639557

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

I have covered this project previously and whilst I know that some Lancashire folk are highly sceptical of the £300m+ new railway line and Skem station ever being funded this is clearly another, if small, milestone along the right track.

Here’s a shot of the old and now long gone former Skelmersdale Station:-

The old Skelmersdale Station – now long gone in the name of 1950’s/60’s progress!

And here’s a couple of shots taken at Rainford Junction Station (there is no junction now):-

And finally a shot at Kirkby Station (the subject of a future posting of mine) where the present line from Wigan meets head on with Merseyrail’s electric service to/from Liverpool:-

End of the line from Wigan, the Merseyrail service to Liverpool is accessed under the bridge.

NoteThe last trains to Skelmersdale ran on Sunday 4 November 1956 and the station closed to passengers on Monday 5 November 1956. Skelmersdale station remained open for goods services until 4 November 1963 when it was closed completely. Information from Disused Stations UK.

Click on the photos to enlarge them

The last photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

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

Public Transport Complaints on Merseyside – This is what to do

Do you ever have a gripe with a train or bus operator? Well if you do Merseytravel (our local public sector transport committee) have an e-mail address via which you can make your views/concerns known.

Comments or complaints relating to a particular bus service or specific transport related matter should be directed to Merseytravel’s comments system;

comments@merseytravel.gov.uk

It will then, I am told, be referred to the appropriate Merseytravel department or commercial operator.

With thanks to Cllr. John Dodd for the lead to this posting

New Maghull North Station due to open May 2018

Site for the new Maghull North Railway Station. Photo taken looking north from School Lane road bridge. The former Moss Side Hospital site is to the right and Mersey Avenue to the left.

I have been chasing up the latest position with regard to the Maghull’s 2nd railway station and with the help of Merseytravel Committee member John Dodd. I can supply the following information which has been provided to John by Merseytravel.

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The contractor for the Maghull North station began the mobilisation stage for the station works on Monday 4 September.

Work has also begun on the de-vegetation of the railway cutting within the existing Network Rail trackside boundary. An ecologist is on site in case there are any particular issues that are found as the staff work their way in to the undergrowth.

Merseytravel will be meeting with Network Rail on Friday [8th September] and will discuss further details of the early stages of the construction works.

Opening of the railway station is still planned for May 2018 when the new summer timetable starts. At this stage it is not intended to rework the Maghull Circulars [buses], some of which provide a service from the existing station and pass the site of the new station.

However there will be further bus service reviews in time to come and the services will be looked at with knowledge of the new station, the Persimmon Homes development currently underway (Poppy Fields) and any proposals for development on the lands east of Maghull.

With thanks to Cllr. John Dodd for the lead to this posting

This photo shows the view from the Park Lane overbridge looking south towards the School Lane overbridge from where the previous photo was taken. The new station will be close to the School Lane bridge.

Liverpool City Region’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan – Your views wanted by Merseytravel

Footpath off Bridges Lane in Sefton Village

www.merseytravel.gov.uk/about-us/local-transport-delivery/Pages/Public-Rights-of-Way-Strategy.aspx

The link above takes you to the web site of Merseytravel and the consultation documents they would like responses to – please have a look if you like cycling or walking locally off road.

Gate and stile from Butchers Lane in Aughton to Millbank in Maghull.

I sit of the Sefton Rights of Way Group representing Lydiate and Maghull Councils so this is matter of interest to me, I am also a regular walker and cyclist.

My view is that what we need to get across to policy makers throughout the Liverpool City Region is that the development of pedestrian pathways are vital to the health and wellbeing of our communities. In short we need the following:-

* More hard surfaced paths which enable their use by cycles and those with disabilities
* Clearly way marked circular routes suitable for push chairs and wheelchairs
* Cycle routes that connect communities
* A clear programme to deliver such improvements over the life of the next ROWIP within obviously tight resources.

Please join in and let the powers that be know what you think as they work on the Next Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) for Merseyside.

Maghull North Station – So which local buses will serve the station when it opens?

Site for the new Maghull North Railway Station. Photo taken looking north from School Lane road bridge. The former Moss Side Hospital site is to the right and Mersey Avenue to the left.

This is a question that I know is in the minds of local people, indeed I have been asked as a Lydiate councillor whether I know the answer to it. It also came up as part of a wider discussion at the last Lydiate Parish Council meeting.

I thought it was time to see how far Merseytravel had got with their thinking/planning regarding this matter.

I recall that when the public exhibition about the new station was held at Maghull Town Hall some time ago the officials present were then unable to answer questions about which bus services would serve the station when it opens in 2018.

And this is what Merseytravel have told me:-

‘The 32/33 are circular services that will provide access to the new station during the off peak and the 34 during the peak. The 133 will also serve the station operating all day Monday to Saturday.’

I was surprised to note that presently the 31/31A circular bus which reaches out into Lydiate seems not to be down to call at the new station. I will be taking this up as obviously Maghull North Station is nearer to Lydiate than the present Maghull Station.

Clearly the opening of the new station will lead to some bus route/timetable changes to accommodate it and I’m sure we will be made aware of such changes nearer the opening.

As I wrote this posting building work on the station had yet to start.

With thanks to Cllr. John Dodd for his assistance with this posting

Ainsdale Railway Station – It’s going to have a Police Station on its platform like Town Green Station

www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/southport-west-lancs/ainsdale-getting-new-police-station-13422778

The Southport Visiter has the story on its web site – see link above

That Ainsdale Station is being upgraded is not new news but this aspect of it caught my eye not least because I had blogged about Town Green Station on the Liverpool – Ormskirk Line having Aughton Police Station on it only recently – 7th July. Here’s a link to that previous posting:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2017/07/07/emergency-services-austerity-causes-innovative-and-welcomeunwelcome-thinking/

Ainsdale Station has been in need of a refurb’ for a long time now and I recall Cllr. Lynne Thompson backing the campaign for the much needed works quite some time ago (2011). Indeed she did that before she was elected as a councillor for Sefton’s Ainsdale Ward. Looking back through my old photos I found this shot of Lynne and I on the station:-

My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting