Maghull’s New 2nd Station – railfuture’s perspective on it

The article below is from the pages of Rail User Express

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.

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.

2017 OPENING PLANNED FOR MAGHULL NORTH STATION

Merseytravel has begun a public consultation on plans for a new railway station at Maghull North. The new station would be located off School Lane in Maghull on the Ormskirk branch of the Merseyrail network Northern Line. With significant housing development planned for Maghull as part of the Sefton Local Plan, a new station would take pressure off the existing Maghull station and help meet the anticipated increase in demand from the new housing.

Proposals for the station include six carriage platform with shelters, a 200-space car park, step-free access to both platforms, a ticket office, secure cycle parking, passenger waiting facilities and toilet. Funding for the scheme is coming from a government contribution via the Local Growth Fund, Merseytravel and the Homes and Communities Agency, which is developing land on the east side of the railway.

The closing date for the consultation is 5 January 2016. Merseytravel says the aim is for work to start on site in January 2017 with the new station operational by December 2017.

I loved the phrase ‘significant housing development’ as it must be the one of the most alarming understatements of the year ‘massive urban extension’ would be an more appropriate description!

Also the words ‘closing date for the consultation’ rings a little hollow too. Sadly, it seems it closed before it even started because Merseytravel have given me the distinct impression that unless you suggest something that they already planned to do it will be rejected. My previous posting on this can be accessed below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/12/14/maghull-consultation-response-on-towns-2nd-and-new-railway-station/

I wonder how many ideas put forward by residents to Merseytravel about this new station were immediately knocked on the head? Has it been real consultation or window dressing?