Oh the frustrations of being a rail traveller these days and Merseyrail is not even run by the dreaded Northern Fail:-)
The Merseyrail’s Northern Line up to Ormskirk has been closed for the past few days and will be for a few more. The reason? The platform/track height is being adjusted so that the new Stadler Class 777 trains (due in 2020) can stop at every station on the Merseyrail network and provide level access i.e. no steps down onto the platforms.
This upgrade work is frustrating whilst it’s being done but it should be a real step forward, rather than down, for those with disabilities.
Here’s a few shots of work taking place at Town Green Station today:-
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The Southport Visiter has the story on its web site – see link above
That Ainsdale Station is being upgraded is not new news but this aspect of it caught my eye not least because I had blogged about Town Green Station on the Liverpool – Ormskirk Line having Aughton Police Station on it only recently – 7th July. Here’s a link to that previous posting:-
Ainsdale Station has been in need of a refurb’ for a long time now and I recall Cllr. Lynne Thompson backing the campaign for the much needed works quite some time ago (2011). Indeed she did that before she was elected as a councillor for Sefton’s Ainsdale Ward. Looking back through my old photos I found this shot of Lynne and I on the station:-
My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting
We are all sick and tired of austerity which has in effect been inflicted upon us as a consequence ‘casino banking’ and the subsequent financial crash. And yes it has caused great harm to the public services we all rely on.
But one, maybe the only positive consequence is that public services which for years have operated in glorious isolation from each other have had to look at innovative solutions to service delivery. Basing ambulances in fire stations or other similar solutions that bring together sometimes all 3 emergency services under one roof is an example.
Having said that the principle is good I was personally not supportive of the local solution which put ambulances, once based in Lydiate, in a fire station in Netherton. I wanted the Lydiate Ambulance Station and Maghull Police station merged onto the Maghull Police Station site but sadly no one was listening and the joined up thinking was not joined up as the Police were separately (and seemingly in glorious isolation) planning to shut down Maghull Police Station and sell off the land…….
But another innovative solution to service delivery is just up the road from my Lydiate home in neighbouring Aughton where the local Police Station is actually on Town Green Railway Station’s Liverpool bound platform. See photo below:-
As for Maghull the Police Station, we are told, it is going to occupy space within Maghull Town Hall. This may well have been a welcome and innovative solution if it had not meant the loss of the Town’s only surviving publicly funded youth facility. Plus that facility also doubled up to house the Town’s CAB but that has also now gone and a joint community the size of Maghull/Lydiate now sadly has no CAB.
So readers will understand why I am not at all happy with Maghull/Lydiate’s rather unwelcome public service delivery ‘solutions’. When the move of the Police Station to Maghull Town Hall will actually happen we don’t presently know as all has gone quiet on the matter.