Here are a couple of photo’s taken on Sunday 14th January of work being undertaken on the site of the Town’s new and soon to be second railway station, which is due to open in May of this year:-
It is 66 years this month since Maghull lost its original second railway station on the Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway. That station was on Sefton Lane and it was called Sefton & Maghull.
Sefton & Maghull Station @ 1930 – Photo D Thompson
The station closed on 7th January 1952 and the site has been built over by what was originally the Koters factory.
The site of Sefton & Maghull Station in 2017
The only reaming thing associated with that station is what is now a hump in Sefton Lane. The hump was until not so long ago a bridge carrying the road over the old railway. It was too expensive to take away the whole bridge and ramps up to it so the open part, where the tracks originally were, was filled in by Sefton Council in the 1990’s. Here’s an old photo from when the bridge and its parapet wall was still in place – the copyright owner is unknown to me:-
So 66 years after losing it’s second railway station Maghull will get it back all be it on the same Liverpool – Ormskirk line as the present Maghull Station.
Click on the photos to enlarge them – The 2nd one from the top of this posting is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
My money is on the short (seemingly unnamed road) road which links Sefton Lane to Sefton Meadows Waste Recycling Centre and which also serves Sefton Meadows Garden Centre and the businesses operating out of our long lost snooker hall. Just look at the state of it!
Suggested names for the road are Rubbish Road, Landfill Lane, Waste Way and Recycling’s Close.
It’s hard to believe that the two photos below were taken from pretty much the same vantage point i.e. the top of the former over-bridge that took Sefton Lane over the Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway by Sefton & Maghull Station. Both shots look towards Aintree although the height of the present day buildings precludes the background now.
The bridge parapet was taken away in the 1990’s and the trackbed underneath filled in so what was a bridge is now a mound. I understand it was more cost effective for Sefton Council to do this than to remove the embankments and return Sefton Lane to its original pre-railway line ground level. Older residents will recall the former Koters factory which slowly took over the site of Sefton & Maghull Station and the smell of the waxed bread wrappings they made.
Sefton and Maghull Station opened on 1st September 1884 being originally named as just ‘Sefton’. It was renamed in 1886. It then closed for 2 years during WW1 (1/1/17 – 1/4/19) and continued in use until final closure of the line on 7th January 1952. The tracks were taken up in June 1960.
Photo credit of the black and white shot, which I understand to be from 1930, is to D Thompson. Credit for the station opening and closing details to Rob Gell and his book ‘An illustrated Survey of Railway Stations Between Southport & Liverpool 1848 -1986 published by Heyday Publishing Company.
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Happy to help publicise another local environmental volunteering opportunity:-
Workday… Saturday 24th September 2016
John Callaghan writes:- Short notice, but if you’re available and have an hour or two to spare…
Next Saturday (24th September, 10am onwards) the Lydiate scouts are assisting us by taking part in a sponsored litter pick on the Maghull/Lydiate area of Trans Pennine Trail/NCN 62.
Whilst they are litter picking in the area, I am planning to continue to clear The Meadow site in preparation for wildflower seeding. The Meadow site is at the beginning of the Cheshire Lines in Maghull, just off Sefton Drive, next to Sefton Meadows Garden Centre and the recycling centre. If any of you are available, I could really do with some assistance in raking the cut vegetation and clearing the ground. If you have not visited the site, it would also be an opportunity for me to introduce and discuss the Meadow project. I can also explain the bigger plan with this project and its impact for our area and all areas of the Trail. If you are available, it would be great to see you there. I have limited tools at this point and if you are able to bring a rake, it would be a great help. I also suggest you wear appropriate clothing for this type of task as the majority of what is being cleared is brambles and nettles. Please provide your own refreshments… although there is a cafe available at the Sefton Meadows Garden Centre.
If you are able to assist could you let me know firstname.lastname@example.org …If you are unable to assist, but just want to come and say hello, you are more than welcome.
This photo is amongst my Flickr photo’s at
Above is Sefton Lane in Maghull in 1956. I lived in one of the houses (No.27) from December 1968 to April 1982. I recently purchased the photo on ebay.
The same shot 57 years later, remarkably with little traffic on the Lane as it is a very busy road these days.
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