The following is from a Merseytravel staff briefing:-
‘Following on from the official station opening last month, a special event took place at Maghull North on Wednesday which saw local schoolchildren burying a 50-year time capsule. With support from Merseytravel, Sefton Council and Merseyrail, the pupils from St Thomas C of E Primary School in Lydiate have been busy planning the capsule over the last couple of months – items added included LFC/EFC match programmes, an unused mobile phone, popular books and a film which they created.
As well as the capsule being buried, a series of storyboards were unveiled on both platforms reflecting the fascinating history of Moss Side Hospital, which was located on the land on which the station now resides, and how it became a leading institution at the forefront of research into mental health and PTSD during and after the First World War.’
Indeed, Moss Side Hospital was world famous and that was why local campaigners requested that the new station be called ‘Maghull Moss Side’ but their request fell on deaf ears in the railway industry. Maghull is world famous for 3 things – being the home of toy maker Frank Hornby, being the town that established one of the first ever epileptic colonies and being the place where ‘shell shock’ was first researched and treated at Moss Side Hospital. It’s great that the latter is being recognised but would it have hurt to have listened to the campaigners who wanted the station named Maghull Moss Side? An opportunity lost in my view.
A TravelSafe initiative to educate motorists on the dangers of parking in bus stops has been launched across Merseyside.
The 12 month operation will see those who park in bus stops given the opportunity to appear before a ‘court’ of local school children acting as mini police, along with a retired magistrate and a person with a disability, who will explain the issues bus drivers face when they cannot access a bus stop safely.
Those offenders who opt to go before the court will avoid prosecution.
With thanks to Cllr. John Dodd and Merseytravel for the lead to this posting
The Railway Gazette has the story on its web site – see link above
What made me wonder about this piece of news was more what it did not say than what it did.
Has it not been the long-term ambition of Merseytravel to bring the Mid Wirral Line into the Merseyrail fold? Yes it has and it has been talked about in Merseytravel for as long as I can remember. So does this announcement mean that aim has been dropped, forgotten, sidelined, shunted into the sidings? I hope not as it has always been a rather obvious addition to the Merseyrail network that needs getting on with rather than just being talked about.
A visit to Maghull North railway station yesterday morning, for a train to Liverpool, brought up a few issues, one of which must be driving the residents of Mersey Avenue round the bend!
A refer to the testing of the station announcements system; I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything like it! Noisy yes, but also all kinds of weird noises and verbal statements. Each time it kicked in I had to stop a conversation with a chap stood next to me. Has it really been necessary to inflict this on the Mersey Avenue residents living yards away?
Secondly the lifts were still not working 9 days after the new station opened and I was told, by another passenger who had asked about them, that it would be a few more days yet before they were working. Was it sensible to open the station with non-working lifts bearing mind that there are quite a few steps down and indeed up from the platforms? Having said that a lovely young man from Merseyrail had just escorted an elderly lady down the steps to get her train, so assistance where required, is being provided.
And lastly a question. Is the footpath originally proposed to link to the new station from Park Lane going to be constructed? I have heard opinions expressed on this and you can probably guess the matter is still unclear to me.
A new Stadler Merseyrail train artist impression
The Railway Gazette has the details on is web site – see link above
An article for those of you more interested in the technical aspects of the new and soon to be delivered rolling stock for the Merseyrail network.
With thanks to Colin for the lead to this posting
Having campaigned for Maghull’s 2nd railway station to be built over many years and being a railway enthusiast I had to be there to see and indeed ride the first train out of the station today. It was the 05.58 from Maghull North (ex Ormskirk) to Liverpool.
Together with a few hardy folk (it was a cold and windy morning) we joined the train and here are some shots of events:-
05.58am 1st train into the new station for Liverpool
The Merseyrail welcome tent giving out cup cakes. The chap on the right in orange is one of the engineers who built the station.
Ticket to ride the first train
View of a later Liverpool bound train
Radio Merseyside were there and they interviewed some travellers and even me. I also rode the first train back into the station travelling to Ormskirk.
By the time I left the station around 7.30am the car park was filling up and large numbers of travellers were turning up. One lady asked me in worrying tones whether trains really were running from the station as I was getting back into my car. I was able to assure her they were and thought to myself good job the line is not being run by Northern!
So Maghull now has its 2nd station and a pleasant opening day it was too. Great to chat with Stephen an engineer who has worked on the project for contractors Buckingham. Let’s hope the station settles in to being a great success on the Merseyrail system.