I keep on pressing for the promised footpath/cyclepath from Park Lane to the now far from new station to be opened up ASAP. Indeed, I’ve recently raised the matter with both Merseytravel and Sefton Council.
I went to have a look at where the path runs (from the far end of the station car park) towards Park Lane a few days ago and you can clearly see it together with the signs:-
The path was actually laid out back when the Ashworth South site was going to be a new prison so why on earth the present housing developer needs to restrict access to the Station via it beats me. Sefton Highways tell me it’s down to Persimmon Homes to say when the path becomes accessible and from that I’m guessing it forms a part of the site which will be adopted at some point by the Council along with roads and pavements.
I’ll keep on banging the drum………
The vast Maghull East urban extension (presently high grade agricultural land) site as seen from Poverty Lane, Maghull
The Liverpool Echo has the article on its website – see link below
I wonder where this is heading and will Sefton Council take the same approach to these developers as Liverpool City Council seems to be doing? It feels like a long time now since Sefton Council picked the vast Maghull East site for an urban extension to the Town on what is presently high grade agricultural land. And it was a hugely controversial move which created a significant environmental protest movement in the Town and indeed across the Borough of Sefton, which I was a part of – see my many previous posting about it on this Sefton Focus Blog Site.
But there is danger here in thinking that Sefton Council or indeed Liverpool City Council can achieve much on land which is in private ownership. Yes, if the land to be sold is owned by a Council it gives it far more leverage as to the use it is put to otherwise, if the land is in private hands, the leverage is far, far less.
Like many I want to see the end to leasehold and ground rents etc.
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
It’s Merseytravel’s/Merseyrail’s/Sefton Council’s/Persimmon’s/Network Rail’s responsibility
Sefton Council will provide a dropped kerb if someone else pays for it
There’s no money and its not going to happen
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?
Maghull North Station car park
Well firstly the car park seems to be too small already and the station’s been open less than 3 months! It was full on Monday 3rd September at 2.30pm and I only got a space because a car left whilst I was in the car park. I hear that others have had similar experiences.
View of Liverpool bound platform at Maghull North Station
Secondly, there’s only one passenger shelter on the busy Liverpool bound platform and it is open to the elements so to speak. I have the feeling that this new station may well be unwelcoming in poor cold weather conditions. Did the budget not stretch to a enclosed heated shelter for the winter months I wonder?
The level access point off School Lane that still needs sorting out.
Really pleased that others have joined the campaign to try to push Persimmon Homes to get a trot on in finishing their works so that there’s a level access point to the new station for those who can’t manage the flight of steps off School Lane (see photo above). But really this should all have been sorted before the first train stopped at the new station. We are promised early action, so let’s hope Persimmon do get on board.
And what about the originally promised access path through from Park Lane (see photo above) to the station? I’ve heard differing perspectives on this. One saying it won’t now happen due to the lack of a pavement on the side of Park Lane which the footpath would come out on. Another perspective that it simply depends on Persimmon finishing off their works. Which is correct? I’m on the case so to speak.
Maghull North Station bus stops on School Lane
And finally, I was asked recently why the 31 circular bus which serves Lydiate and parts of Maghull does not go to the new station? I raised this very point with Merseytravel way back and if I recall correctly their response was that they were not planning on any circular bus changes in the Maghull/Lydiate area at least until the new station had bedded in, or words to that effect. Well it’s been up and running for nearly 3 months now so when will the review of local buses take place? Ball firmly in Merseytravel’s court me thinks.
This is the only pedestrian/cycle access off School Lane without a long detour to the entrance to the new Poppy Fields estate.
As a level/accessible entrance/exit to the new Maghull North Station has still not been created off School Lane, despite the station being open for a couple of months now, I thought it was time to put some pressure on Merseytravel. My previous posting on this matter from 23rd July is accessible below:-
With the help of Merseytravel Committee member Cllr. John Dodd I got a response from Merseytravel which firmly puts the ball in the court of Persimmon the builder/developer of the adjacent Poppy Fields housing development. This is what Merseytravel have said:-
‘the accessible path linking School Lane adjacent to the bus stops to the station is contained on Persimmon Homes land (outside the railway and station footprint).
The issue has been recognised earlier and contact has been made with Persimmon to reinstate the path as soon as is possible in light of the issues this causes for passengers and residents. We were informed that they would do this, but there has been a passage of time since during which this work has not been done.
We have continued to apply pressure to them to reinstate this path but would welcome any support from Sefton and local Councillors to encourage Persimmon to complete this work.’
This is the access point which Merseytravel are referring to:-
So the spotlight is now shining on Persimmon Homes to get a wriggle on and complete the required work so that there is a level/accessible entrance to the new station off School Lane. Come on Persimmon surely this is a minor task in the great scheme of your housing development works at Poppy Fields. Surely we all want to see life made a little easier for those who can’t manage steps and indeed for cyclists arriving at the new station from the Maghull direction.
Cllr. Edie Pope and I would welcome any pressure that others can put on Persimmon. Their e-mail address is:- firstname.lastname@example.org
I continue to track (ged it?) this long-promised project which I have campaigned for over donkey’s years.
Site for the new Maghull North Railway Station. Photo taken looking north from the School Lane road bridge. The Ashworth South site is to the right and Mersey Avenue to the left.
My last posting along these lines (get it?) of 28th April said:-
The latest news from Merseytravel, the public sector body which administers/oversees Merseyrail [the private sector train operator] says this:-
Merseytravel is working with Network Rail and Merseyrail on the design and operation of the station. We are also working with Sefton Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Persimmon Homes [it seems they will be the house builder].
HCA are currently land owners of the station building and car park site alongside the railway line. Persimmon will be building residential properties on HCA land adjacent to the new station [this means the Ashworth South site which used to be Moss Side Hospital].
At present we are developing the design and costs for the station and these will be included in the Full Business Case for the station project.
The station will require planning application and there will be community engagement as part of that process. It is intended that the station has the same train frequency as the other stations on the line.