People living in Maghull will soon benefit from better links to the rail network from June 2018 as the opening date for the new station is confirmed by Merseyrail.
The first services to be operated by Merseyrail will run from Maghull North station on the morning of Monday the 18th June 2018.
A number of schools in the area have come together to produce community artwork to brighten up the station once it is open.
Students from Maghull High, Deyes High School, St Andrew’s Primary, St Georges Primary, St Gregory’s, St Thomas Primary and Summerhill Primary schools all helped to produce the artwork.
Facilities at the new station include (From the Merseyrail website):
- The staffed station building and a ticket office with passenger toilet.
- Passenger waiting facilities on the platforms.
- Step-free access with lifts and a bridge to, from and between both platforms and the station building.
- 156-space car park with blue badge and motorcycle parking facilities, as well as cycle storage.
- Pedestrian and cycle routes from School Lane and Park Lane to the station and bus stop on School Lane.
- Future provision for electric vehicle charging points.
What did the officials say?
Councillor Gordon Friel, Lead Member for Rail on Transport Committee of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said: “The new Maghull North station will be of huge benefit to local residents when it opens in June, giving more travel options while playing a big part in helping the on-going development of the area in the coming years.
“This fantastic art project involving local schools is a great example of the community getting involved and will help to bring a bit of colour to the new station site.
“There are a number of other community-based projects planned for the station and we would encourage local residents to get involved and give their support in the coming months.”
Andy Heath, Managing Director of Merseyrail said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming Maghull North station on to the Merseyrail network. These investments, including the new fleet project, are really enhancing rail services for local people.
“Maghull North will make our rail network much more accessible for those living nearby and it’s great to see the station already becoming part of the community with the artwork that has been created by local schools.”
Rob Grey, Network Rail project manager for the scheme, said: “The new Maghull North station forms part of a massive £340m railway investment in the Liverpool City Region. This major investment is about boosting connectivity and capacity – making room for new, longer trains, with more space for passengers.
“It has been fantastic working with local schools to create the new artwork which will be enjoyed by Maghull North station passengers for decades to come. We look forward to future projects with the local community before the station officially opens in June this year.”
Sally Ralston, Merseyrail Corporate and Social Responsibility Manager, said: “We approached the schools and asked the children what they would like to see at the new station.
“We gave them a blank canvas to produce what they wanted for the project and were delighted with the quality and quantity of work that came back.”
June Burns, Mayor of Maghull said “It was an absolute pleasure to attend the event and meet all of the children who have helped brighten up what is currently a construction site.
“I would encourage mums, dads, grandparents, brothers, sisters and the wider community to come along and have a look at the display on School Lane”