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Maghull North station scheme

Here you will find more details about the new railway station at Maghull North on the Merseyrail Northern Line between Liverpool and Ormskirk.

The Scheme

The new Maghull North station will be located just off School Lane adjacent to the former Ashworth Hospital site, between the existing Maghull and Town Green stations on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail’s 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. You can find out more about the various schemes being developed by that funding at

The new station will include:

  • Staffed station building with ticket office and passenger toilet.
  • Lifts and steps to each platform via a pedestrian footbridge from the station building.
  • Around 150 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.
  • Step-free access to, from and between both platforms and the station building.
  • Future provision for electric vehicle charging points.

The new station, which will be operated by Merseyrail, is expected to be open to the public in May 2018.

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 previously owned 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.

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

(Please note all images are for illustrative purposes only).

Residents Newsletter

As part of the communications process to keep local residents informed of the work that is being carried out as part of the construction of the station, particularly any night working and closures of the railway line, a regular newsletter is being sent out approximately every fortnight providing updates. A PDF version of each newsletter will be posted below when it is distributed to the residents:

Maghull North Station Scheme - Newsletter (14/11/2017)
Maghull North Station Scheme - Newsletter (08/12/2017) 

Weekend disruptions / 24 hour working

Due to the nature of some of the work being carried out in the construction of the new station, there will be periods where the line from Maghull to Ormskirk will need to be shut and rail replacement services put in place for safety reasons.

During these periods, work will be taking place 24 hours a day. Network Rail will be writing to residents in close vicinity of the new station site to let them know in advance of any works.

The main upcoming closures (which include night working) will be taking place on the following date: 

Friday 12th January 06:00 – Monday 15th January 05:00
Saturday 20th January 01:00 – Monday 22nd January 05:00

A rail replacement service will be in operation between Maghull and Ormskirk during these times.

A 12-day possession of the railway line took place from 6am on 27th December until midnight on Tuesday 9th January, to allow for extensive works including construction of platforms and drainage. This work was carried out between the hours of 06:00 and 23:59, and no work took place on Christmas Day and Boxing Day itself.

Any residents who have concerns about the work taking place can contact Network Rail's 24-hour helpline on 03457 114 141.

Access to the station on completion

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 previously owned the land upon which the station is being built.

Q. When will work commence?
A. Work began on the scheme in September 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 and the railway.

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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