Merseyrail – When a train is simply too short!

Merseyrail Class 508 EMU at Maghull Station

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseyrails-three-car-train-misery-14040000

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

Folk using the Merseyrail Northern Line between Liverpool & Ormskirk may soon be using the ‘Miseryrail’ phrase as 3 car trains are yet again the order of the day due to power shortages at Aughton Park.

This first manifested itself a few weeks back but here we go again it seems. 3 car trains at rush hours are bad for passengers and they are letting their feelings be known!

Network Rail are in the dock over this continuing problem.

Merseyrail this Christmas – Things to watch out for when planning a journey

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

www.merseyrail.org/plan-your-journey/merseyrail-christmas-services.aspx

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

Liverpool – Lime Street Station approach cutting wall collapse could have crushed a train!

Liverpool Lime Street Station

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-42181009

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

It seems that luck played a big part in this wall collapse not leading to a far worse situation/accident.

How Network Rail did not have in place the appropriate monitoring processes is the big and uncomfortable question for them now. They are only lucky that the incident did not lead to injury or even loss of life.

Maghull – Powers that be start communicating with nearby residents over Maghull North Station build process

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

Maghull – ‘Poppy Fields’ and Maghull North Station progress

I have been keeping an eye on the progress of these two adjacent developments off Maghull’s School Lane and here are are some photos of things as they were on 11th November.

Station platforms beginning to emerge

Almost completed houses on ‘Poppy Fields’, the former site of Moss Side Hospital and subsequently Ashworth South Hospital

Looking over the recently created rainwater collection pond (Sustainable Urban Drainage or SuD in drainage engineer’s speak). School Lane is behind the fence in the background.

Of course the Maghull North Station construction process has become hugely controversial with neighbouring residents in Mersey Avenue in recent weeks due to intrusive night time working, noise and flood lighting.

Merseytravel/Network Rail are promising a residents meeting we are informed in an attempt to find a way forward. There was no work taking place when the photo above was taken.

The housing development on Poppy Fields or the Moss Side Hospital/Ashworth South site (all are used to describe this site and its history) was not controversial when the wedge shaped piece of land was designated for housing in Sefton Council’s otherwise hugely controversial and recent Local Plan. But the site sits across the road (School Lane) from the most controversial of all the sites in that Local Plan – The Maghull East Urban Extension of around 1,600 houses plus a business park.

Poppy Fields in its former guise as a mental health treatment hospital site and before that, in World War 1, as a world leading center for the development of treatments for those suffering from ‘Shell Shock’ is of huge historical significance.