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Proposed New Railway Station for Maghull North

Here you will find more details about the proposed new railway station at Maghull North on the Merseyrail Northern Line between Liverpool and Ormskirk.  The full business case for the scheme was approved by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority on Friday 21st October 2016 and a planning application has been submitted to Sefton Council.

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The Scheme 

Maghull North will see major investment at School Lane, Maghull for a new railway station on the Liverpool to Ormskirk branch of the Merseyrail Northern Line.

The development is an example of Merseytravel’s Long Term Rail Strategy being put into action – a 30 year vision to improve connections within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. This, in turn, fits with plans to improve connections across the whole of the north. The scheme also forms part of the wider £340m investment by Network Rail and the Liverpool City Region in rail improvements over the next three years.

A planning application has been submitted to Sefton Council and will be determined in early 2017. The new station will include:
  • Staffed station building with ticket office.
  • Lifts and steps to each platform via a pedestrian footbridge from the station building.
  • 156 space car park with blue badge and motor cycle parking and cycle storage.
  • Customer Information Screens with real time running in the station building and on the platforms.
  • Pedestrian and cycle routes from School Lane and Park Lane to the station building, along with bus stops on School Lane.
  • Passenger waiting facilities on platform.
  • Passenger toilet.
  • Step-free access to, from and between both platforms and the station building.
  • Future provision for electric vehicle charging points.



Vehicle access to the station will be via the new road off School Lane called Goldcrest Road.  Pedestrian and cycle access will also be from School Lane and Park Lane. The detailed proposed site plan can be accessed here. Please note this is a PDF file and will require Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer (available to download free).


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who is funding the scheme?

A. Funding for the scheme is coming from a Government contribution via the Local Growth Fund, Merseytravel and contribution from the Housing and Communities Agency, who are developing land on the east side of the railway.

Q. When will work commence?

A. The aim is for work to start on site in August 2017, with the new facilities and station in operation by May 2018. Merseytravel will be working together with Network Rail, Sefton Council and Merseyrail in order to deliver the scheme to schedule.

Q. While construction work is taking place, will there be any disruption to services on the line?

A. The station building and parking area will be built beyond the railway fence on the former Ashworth hospital site.  This will be independent of the working railway.  Installing the platforms, lift towers, steps and footbridge will require “possession” and train services will need to be suspended.  Rail replacement buses will be provided for those occasions which will be notified well in advance.

Q. Will there be any disruption to local residents during this time?

A. As you would expect with any significant construction work, there will be some disruption, but Merseytravel and all those involved (including Network Rail and Merseyrail), will endeavour to keep residents fully informed. Also, the Contractor will have to comply with planning requirements (hours, noise, dust, etc.) for working near to residential areas.  Access to the site will be from the new access road, the railway and possibly over School Lane bridge.

Q. Will this new station affect the existing timetable on the Ormskirk line?

A. There will be some changes to the arrival and departure times on this branch of the Northern line when the new station opens, however, the frequency of trains will remain at the current rate (one every 15 minutes during peak periods).  These changes are required to allow an extra train to run on the track and to maintain efficient turn back working on the single track approaching Ormskirk station and through the busy city centre section from Sandhills to Liverpool Central.

Q. Why is a new station needed?

A. There is a significant level of housing development planned for Maghull over the coming years as part of the Sefton Local Plan, and a new station would take pressure off the existing Maghull station from the anticipated increase in demand that will come with the new housing. 

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