Cheshire Lines Path/Trans Pennine Trail – Surface condition though West Lancs Borough

A few weeks ago I blogged about the poor condition of this footpath/cycle path through West Lancashire and as a consequence of my finding it in such a poor state I have been lobbying various bodies with responsibility for it or connections with it. My previous post is accessible via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2018/01/30/cheshire-line-path-trans-pennine-trail-through-west-lancashire/

I have exchanged e-mails with a local volunteer who works with the environmental charity Sustrans and also the Trans Pennine Trail Office in Barnsley. All indications so far seem to point towards West Lancashire Borough Council being the lead organisation that needs to find some grant funding to address the matter.

This is what the Trans Pennine Trail folk said to me:-

West Lancashire have flagged up the urgently needed work on their section of the Trail for some time now but unfortunately have been unsuccessful in securing funding. Earlier this year we helped our colleagues in West Lancs to try and secure some funding via their Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) but despite many of our supporters voting for this project we were unsuccessful which is a great shame for all concerned. The level of funding needed is far beyond our partners budget allocation but this doesn’t infer that they aren’t committed to the works, this is purely down to a lack of funding available.

Sustrans and the Friends of the Trans Pennine Trial are both registered charities which can be used to channel funding should there be a suitable ‘pot’ available.

My guess is that little is going to happen in the short term unfortunately.

Cheshire Lines Path/Trans Pennine trail through West Lancashire

It’s many years now since the Cheshire Lines Path was created on the trackbed of the old Cheshire Lines and Southport Extension Railway and of course it subsequently became a part of the Trans Pennine Trail.

Sadly the part of the Path/Trail through the Great Altcar part of West Lancashire has not been maintained and the surface is now rough and narrow considering that it is for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The photo above illustrates one particular part of the path where agricultural vehicles regularly cross over it – this particular site is the extension to Cabin Lane off Altcar Lane in Great Altcar. After the recent heavy rain it’s a horrible muddy mess for walkers and cyclists.

Yes I know austerity will have played into the lack of maintenance but in reality the decline in the surface well predates the financial crash. In terms of cycle riding areas of the path are now only really suitable for mountain bikes in my view. I fear that if something is not done reasonably soon this long distance path is going to be compromised such that folks will stop using it especially in the winter months.

I have made my views known to those who have responsibility for the path in the hopes of some plan to redress the decline.

Click on the photo to enlarge it

My thanks to Champion Newspapers for publishing an article based on this blog posting on 7th February

Maghull – Volunteers requested to assist Sustrans on Cheshire Lines Path/Trans Pennine trail at Meadow Site behind Sefton Drive

Time for a sit down. Theses seats were put in in the past few weeks, by volunteers, on the Meadow Site behind Sefton Drive on the Cheshire Lines Path in Maghull.

Call for assistance from volunteer group:-

On Sunday the 14th May 2017 Staff and volunteers of Sustrans and the Trans Pennine Trail will be attending the Meadow site in Maghull.

There are various activities taking place through the day and you are invited to come along to the project site. We have been awarded funding to transform this area of land from a misused, overgrown stretch of path into an area that will be of benefit to the community, path users and also the wildlife of the area. Over the past year, we have cleared a large majority of the brambles and overgrowth, installed benches, begun to install bird and bug houses and scattered wildflower seeds. In preparation for the 14th May, we have ordered 500 wildflower plants ready to be planted on the site. This is your opportunity to come along, visit and discuss the project… take away some information… and if you can, lend a hand! Please also take this opportunity to walk or cycle along the this area of the Cheshire Lines (NCN 62/Trans Pennine Trail)… It’s a beautiful and amazing resource that we have in our area!

Feel free to pop along at any point through the day

Timing for the day:

10am onwards – Scything, raking and clearing the ground in preparation for planting will continue throughout the day. Bring a rake along and help us clear the ground of the spring overgrowth

1-3pm – Wildflower planting, publicity stand and kids activities.

Refreshments:

Sefton Meadows Garden Centre and Cafe are in close proximity to the site area.

Clothing:

If you are attending to participate in any of the raking, clearing and planting, please wear suitable clothing, sturdy footwear and gardening gloves.

Location:

Cheshire Lines/TPT – back of Sefton Drive, Maghull L31 8AQ

Any support that can be offered is always greatly appreciated, but if you do have any questions or require any further information… please do not hesitate to email me…

Thanks for your time and hope to see you soon

John Callaghan

E: jc@photoreal.co.uk
M: 07713158716
W: Merseyside North Volunteers merseysidenorth.uk

Lydiate Station – Closed 7th July 1952 but still open for walkers, cycles and horses

From Cheshire Lines Railway Estate Plans. I understand Cheshire Record Office holds them.

Now part of the Cheshire Lines Path/Trans Pennine Trail its hard to believe that Lydiate once had its own railway station on the Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway.

www.disused-stations.org.uk/l/lydiate/

Disused Stations Site Record has the info’ and a couple of interesting ‘then and now’ photos on Lydiate’s long lost railway station – see link above, which was not even in the Civil Parish of Lydiate but in Altcar.

Here are a few additional photos I have also come across/purchased/taken of the old station.

Lydiate Signal Box

Lydiate – Chesire Lines – a closer view

A close up of Lydiate Signal Box

The Valentine family on Lydiate Station 1939

Site of Lydiate Station – Cheshire Lines

Present day signage information at the old station site.

Click on any any of the photos to enlarge them

Thanks to Antony Graham for the historic site plan at the head of this posting

Maghull – Volunteer work on the ‘Meadow’ behind Sefton Drive

I have posted a few times recently about the work of the Merseyside North Volunteers who have been trying to tidy up/clean up the the start of the Cheshire Lines Path in Maghull behind Sefton Drive.

I went to have a look at their work a few days ago and here are a couple of photos which show how much bramble, rubbish and overgrowth has been cleared away and of course the seats that they have erected too. It’s looking good.

Looking north towards Lydiate Station site with Sefton Drive to the right. Much bramble clearance is evident.

Time for a sit down. Theses seats were only put in in the past few days but I made use of them talking to a fellow cyclist who was off to Southport along the Cheshire Lines Path.

The Merseyside North Volunteers work with the environmental charity Sustrans who created the Cheshire Lines Path.

Maghull – Update on work behind Sefton Drive on Cheshire Lines Path by Merseyside North Volunteers

merseysidenorth.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/those-brambles-fight-back.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+MerseysideNorthVolunteers+(Merseyside+North+Volunteers)

Merseyside North Volunteers have the story on their web site – see link above

A really welcome environmental project being brought to fruition by volunteers on the Cheshire Lines Path in Maghull.