Mid Wirral Railway Line – Will it ever become a Merseyrail Line?

Upton Station

www.railwaygazette.com/news/passenger/single-view/view/vivarail-d-trains-for-wales-borders.html

The Railway Gazette has the story on its web site – see link above

What made me wonder about this piece of news was more what it did not say than what it did.

Has it not been the long-term ambition of Merseytravel to bring the Mid Wirral Line into the Merseyrail fold? Yes it has and it has been talked about in Merseytravel for as long as I can remember. So does this announcement mean that aim has been dropped, forgotten, sidelined, shunted into the sidings? I hope not as it has always been a rather obvious addition to the Merseyrail network that needs getting on with rather than just being talked about.