Merseyside’s lost railway stations that MAY come back to life

The Liverpool Echo has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/disused-railway-stations-you-could-15949230

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:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/06/11/merseytravelmerseyrail-20-years-of-big-local-railway-ambitions-many-of-which-have-hit-the-buffers-posting-3/

Notes:-

*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.

Ormskirk’s Station where Merseyrail and Northern trains meet.

Liverpool – Its former St. James Station – Will it ever reopen?

The Liverpool Echo has the article (with the rather over-optimistic headline?) on its website – see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/business/inside-abandoned-st-james-station-15732458

I’ve posted about this long talked about reopening project before – here’s a link to my previous blog:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/09/08/liverpool-st-james-station/

The trouble with railway wish list projects like this is that they rarely move forward and what about the price tag – est £50m – for the new station! How on earth do we manage to get such a huge price tag for a new railway station? There must be something wrong with how railway infrastructure is procured in the UK?

Liverpool – St. James Station must reopen

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/st-jamess-station-liverpool-must-12066162

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

Glad to see that folks are lining up to press for this long lost station to be reopened. I have blogged about it previously – see link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/09/08/liverpool-st-james-station/

Of course Andrew Makinson is once again a member of Liverpool City Council so a long-time champion of this project is not hard to find.

Liverpool – St. James Station

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/nostalgia/st-james-station-forgotten-liverpool-9706936

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

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Not to be confused with Liverpool’s James Street Station. This is an interesting railway story which I hope will have a positive outcome. However, am I not right in thinking that the original modern day proposal to reopen/rebuild this station actually came from former Liverpool City Cllr. Andrew Makinson via a Liverpool Vision strategy document back in 2000 and that he also pursued this matter when he sat on the Passenger Transport Authority for Merseyside – Merseytravel? Andrew’s contribution to this debate should not be overlooked.