The Liverpool Echo has the article on its website – see link below:-
Well, this sounds all very positive BUT Merseytravel has a long history of big aspirational railway projects that are rarely advanced. I’ve blogged about them before as the railway press has often picked up on them as being really possible and even really likely to be progressed only for nothing much to happen at all. And the evidence for this rather downbeat assessment? – my 3 postings from 2014:-
*The link above will take you to my 3rd 2014 posting about Merseytravel’s long-standing overplaying their hand and there are links within it to postings 1 and 2 in the series.
* Maghull North Station has of course now been built and it opened in June 2018
* The Halton Curve has happened but as I write there are no regular passenger trains are using it.
* Work on progressing a rail connection into Skelmersdale is being taken forward but there are no guarantees that the project will attract the huge funding required.
* New rolling stock for Merseyrail is to be delivered in 2020.