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  • Work on Maghull North railway station project will affect some weekend services

    Henry James

    WORK on the new Maghull North railway station will affect weekend rail services at the end of this month and early November.

    Initial work has begun on clearing the vegetation on the existing railway cutting to allow construction work to begin at teh site, just off School Lane near the former Ashworth Hospital site.

    The station is expected to open in May 2018.

    The project will require the closure of the rail line between Maghull and Ormskirkon the weekends of October 27-28 and November 4-5.

    A rail replacement bus service will be in place during this period.

    A further possession will be required towards the end of the year, with full details to be confirmed nearer the time.

    Facilities at the new station will include:

    ·l Staffed station building and ticket office with passenger toilet.

    l Passenger waiting facilities on platform

    l Step-free access with lifts and a bridge to, from and between both platforms and the station building.

    ·l 156-space car park with blue badge, motorcycle parking and cycle storage.

    ·l Pedestrian and cycle routes from School Lane and Park Lane to the station and bus stops on School Lane.

    ·l Future provision for electric vehicle charging points.

    The £13m scheme is being funded through the Government’s Local Growth Fund, Merseytravel and the Homes and Communities Association, which previously owned the land on which the station will be built.

    Network Rail are undertaking the scheme on behalf of Merseytravel, using the contractor Buckingham Group.

    Cllr Liam Robinson, chair of Merseytravel said: “The new station is a prime example of our Long Term Rail Strategy being put into practice. The facilities at the new station will give local residents more travel options and play a big part in helping the on-going development of Maghull.”

    Merseyrail managing director Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, added: “With more houses being built close by, we are confident that Maghull North will soon be seen as an essential amenity within this expanding community."

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