The first rail service is set to leave Maghull North station for Liverpool Central at 05:58 on Monday 18th June 2018, when the new station opens to the public.
Maghull North is on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail’s Northern Line between Maghull and Town Green and will have 156 car parking spaces. The new station will support local people by improving access to training, education and employment and by responding to future public transport demand from a new housing development of 370 new homes, with a further 1,700 additional homes planned.
Step-free access via station lifts will be in place from Friday 22nd June 2018.
Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram will declare the station officially open at an opening ceremony due to take place Friday 22nd June.
Metro Mayor Rotheram said:
“I am delighted that the first services will be in place from Monday and look forward to marking the official opening on Friday.
“Through schemes like Maghull North, we are directly investing in our public transport system to deliver an improved service to the people of the city region, enabling better access to a host of opportunities for work, education and leisure.”
Liam Robinson, Transport Portfolio Holder, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority said:
“It’s been great to see the new Maghull North station develop over the last ten months and we’re delighted it’s now set to open to the public.
“This station is a prime example of our Long Term Rail Strategy being put into practice. The new station will be of huge benefit to local residents, giving more travel options while playing a big part in helping the on-going development of Maghull in the coming years.”
Operated by Merseyrail, Maghull North will become the 68th station on the network.
Andy Heath, Managing Director, Merseyrail, said:
“We’re really looking forward to welcoming Maghull North on to the Merseyrail network and enabling more people to access local rail services.
“It’s great to see these developments to the network, including the new trains which will be introduced in 2020, to help meet the needs of people in the city region.”
The work to build the brand new station started in September 2017 with the majority of the works being delivered while keeping the railway line open.
Martin Frobisher, Network Rail’s London North Western route managing director, said:
“The brand-new Maghull North station is the latest milestone in the Great North Rail Project, a rail industry team effort to transform train travel for customers across the North by 2020 through track and train upgrades.
“Improved rail links like this are creating new opportunities for people across the North by improving speed, reliability and frequency of rail access to major economic centres like Liverpool.”
Councillor John Fairclough, Cabinet Member Locality Services, Sefton Council said:
“To see the opening of the new station is excellent news for the people of Maghull, Sefton and the wider Liverpool City Region.
“The new station is a key piece of infrastructure in our Local Plan giving our towns and valued communities sufficient support to grow. It also connects the local area through the development of a local transport hub with facilities for buses, cycling and park & ride.
“Not only will the new station boost the local economy but it will further improve public transport capacity and connectivity across Sefton and the City Region.”
Facilities at the new station will include:
- Staffed station building and ticket office with passenger toilet facilities
- Passenger waiting facilities on the platforms.
- New bus shelters and stops installed adjacent to the station on School Lane, providing a seamless link between local bus services and rail services operating from the station
- 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,
- Passive provision for future charging points for electric vehicles
- Step-free access via lifts and bridge between both platforms from Friday 22nd June 2018.
More details on the scheme can be found on the Merseytravel website at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/MaghullNorth