The development of a new station in Maghull has moved a step closer after planning permission was granted for the scheme at a Sefton Council planning committee meeting this week (Wednesday 18th January).
The planning committee approved plans for the new Maghull North station, which will be located just off School Lane, between the existing Maghull and Town Green stations on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail’s Northern Line.
The station is a key piece of infrastructure in the Sefton Local Plan, supporting demand from an adjacent new housing development which will include 370 homes, with more homes planned for the area in the near future. It will also offer relief for the existing station in the town.
The £13m scheme is being funded through the Government’s Local Growth Fund (LGF), Merseytravel and the Homes and Communities Association, which currently owns the land on which the station will be built. It will form part of the wider £340m investment by Network Rail and the Liverpool City Region in rail improvements over the next three years.
Facilities at the new station will include:-
- Staffed station building and ticket office with passenger toilet.
- Passenger waiting facilities on platform
- 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, motorcycle parking and cycle storage.
- Pedestrian and cycle routes from School Lane and Park Lane to the station and bus stops on School Lane.
- Future provision for electric vehicle charging points.
Work is due to start on site in August 2017, with the station opening planned for May 2018.
More information on the scheme can be found at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/maghullnorth