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Newton-le-Willows Interchange

Artists impression of the Newton-le-Willows interchange

Here you will find details about the proposals for Newton-le-Willows Interchange. 

Newton-le-Willows Interchange will see significant investment at the existing station to provide passengers with improved facilities, easier access and better links between local, regional and national transport.  It will further build on the improvements to services following the electrification of the line between Liverpool and Manchester and the introduction of new trains by Northern. 

The Newton-le-Willows Interchange scheme will include: 

  • New South side entrance
  • New ticket office at south entrance (see picture above)
  • Bus Interchange adjacent to the new ticket office
  • 400+ space car park (including blue badge and wider spaces)
  • Electric vehicle charging points
  • New toilet facilities
  • Improved passenger waiting facilities
  • Step free access to and between the platforms via a new subway and lifts
  • Increased cycle parkingcycle parking
  • Dedicated drop off and pick up area
  • Local highways improvements

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.

The scheme is funded by the Local Growth Fund and Merseytravel.  It is a key project in the Long Term Rail Strategy and Growth Deal for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority as well as the St Helens Local Development Framework.

The first phase of the car park, built on the site of the former Mill Green School, is now complete and a 100-space section is due to open at the end of November 2016 (the number of spaces we are currently able to provide is restricted by the planning permission granted by St Helens Council).

Work on the rail elements of the scheme, such as the new ticket office, subway, lifts and waiting facilities, is due to commence on site in December 2016. The whole scheme, including the full extent of car parking, is scheduled to come into public use  in March 2018. Merseytravel is leading on the scheme, closely working with St Helens Council, Network Rail and Northern.

The scheme is being the developed and delivered through a number of contracts let by Merseytravel:

  • Design of car park and interchange – Mouchel;
  • Demolition of former Mill Green School – J.P. Tisdale (Demolition) Ltd;
  • Principal Contractor, car park phase 1 – North Midland Construction;
  • Site Supervision, car park and interchange  - Mouchel;
  • Development and delivery of station improvements – Network Rail;
  • Design of station improvements (through Network Rail) – Seed Architects; Tony Gee and Partners LLP; HComm; Vitec
  • Principal Contractor, station improvements (through Network Rail) – Galliford Try.
  • Principal Contractor, car park phase 2 and interchange – North Midland Construction;

The car park/bus interchange and station improvements elements of the scheme are being delivered over a number of phases.

Drawing showing the phases for the car park and bus interchange [PDF]

PowerPoint presentation showing the phases for the station improvements

Although the rooms within it will no longer be in day to day use as part of the station, the existing Listed station building will remain and be maintained in its current form. Network Rail, St Helens, Merseytravel and Northern are working to identify potential future uses for the building. If you would be interested in using the building please let us know via the e-mail address below. 

Business Case and supporting documents

If you would like to comment on the project please email
Please note some pdf documents may be slow to download due to their large size.

Public Consultation

Public Consultation exhibition related to the scheme was held at the station on 10th December 2015. Comments received on the day and made following this event include:
I welcome the proposed Newton-le-Willows train station improvements and would recommend the following is also included:
1) Free Wi-Fi access onsite
2) Ensure disabled access is installed at the train Station.
3) PLEASE keep the car park free for users of the trains.
It’s good to see some much needed investment taking place at Newton le Willows. The station has become much busier since the existing car park opened and I’m sure that the proposed project will increase patronage further. Bearing this in mind, what thought has been given to the expected increase in traffic levels along Mill Lane?
It's a positive step for investment in the town but I'm very disappointed to see how modern, grey & characterless this building plan is. It would be much better if it was in keeping with the heritage & character of our lovely historical town.
Having viewed the proposals for the new build at Newton-le-Willows railway station, I am very pleased to see that there will be disabled access and better parking facilities. However, I am disappointed to see such futuristic designs.
We are delighted at the news that our station is planned for much needed redevelopment. It is a disgrace that such a busy station should exist without proper disabled access, satisfactory waiting room(s) or any toilet or lift facilities. As residents of Park Rd North we have also suffered for years with inconsiderate, day-long parking of commuters using the station, so the significant expansion of parking facilities / linked bus services also makes complete sense……but please reconsider the building design.
There is so much to commend the planned design, including for example the much-needed extended parking provision.
As a regular user of Newton le willows station. Improved bus access from Haydock to Newton, well lit access to a car park and more car parking spaces for rail users would be very welcome. Hope you are able to accommodate my requests in your plans.
I do love the old buildings at Newton and would be really good if some of this old charm could be retained.
All comments received have been considered. Part of the consultation was to gather views on the open plan style ticket office being proposed. The comments made have helped identify the layout to be designed.
Other consultation has taken place as part of the Full Planning and Listed Building Consent Applications made for the different elements of the scheme.

Full Planning Approval has been granted for the Car Park and Bus Interchange elements of the scheme, the following link takes you to the appropriate St Helens Council web-site page: Car Park & Bus Interchange Planning Application (P/2015/0493/FUL).

Full Planning Approval has been granted for the Station Improvements, the following link takes you to the appropriate St Helens Council web-site page: Station Improvements Full Planning Application (P/2016/0394/FUL).

Listed Building Consent has been granted for the Station Improvements, the following link takes you to the appropriate St Helens Council web-site page: Station Improvements Listed Building Consent (P/2016/0393/LBC)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How long will it be before the new development is completed at Newton-le-Willows?
A. The current programme aims for the works to be complete and the new facilities in operation by March 2018

Q. As the old car park to the south of the tracks has been closed for the works to begin, what provision is there for those who previously used this car park?
A. The previously used car park will form part of the new bus interchange, which will be adjacent to the new station building.  The first phase of scheme’s construction saw the building of a new car park on the site of the former Mill Green School, a short walk from the current car park. In late November 2016, 100 of these spaces came into use to the replace the old car park*, which itself is being utilised by the contractor for the station improvements during the building of that part of the scheme before becoming the bus interchange.

* Note - we are only initially able to use 100 spaces (the equivalent number to those in the existing facility) in the new car park due to restrictions in the planning permission granted by St Helens Council. The full car park will open once the whole scheme is complete.

Q. Will there be any disruption to local residents during this time?
A. For the demolition of the former Mill Green School (completed), notices were placed in the local area prior to the start of the work. Local residents were contacted to make sure they were aware of the works and had the relevant contact details if there were any problems. A similar approach is being adopted for all the construction phases of the scheme.

Q. With the station building moving from its current location north of the tracks, will it still be possible to access the platforms from this side?
A. Yes, the platforms will still be accessible directly from the north side of the tracks via new stairs and lift. The new station building/ticket office to the south side of the tracks will also be accessible from the north side of the station via a new subway, as well as from Mill Lane and Alfred Street.

Q. Where is the funding for this development coming from?
A.  Liverpool City Region Growth Deal funding (Devolved Major Funding) and Merseytravel funding.

Q. Will the new station development be compliant with disability/accessibility laws?
A. The new station development will include step-free access to, from and between both platforms via the new subway and lifts.

Q. As part of this development, will there be more trains scheduled to stop at Newton-le-Willows?
A. There will be changes made to the scheduled timetable on this line over the next few years as work on the Northern Hub electrification project is completed. This will ultimately lead to faster journey times and more capacity on services.

Q. Are train services affected by the works going on?
A. All of the works are being carried out in a way and at a time that prevents the need to delay or change any rail services calling at the station. The speed at which through trains pass through the station will, however, reduce slightly because of the works. This is due to temporary speed restrictions being introduced.

Q. Will the route I take to the platforms from the station entrance change during the works?
A. During the works the route to get to trains to Manchester will be the same as now, though the route to trains for Liverpool will change slightly with a staircase replacing the current stepped ramp.

Q. At the moment I can get dropped off and picked up in the forecourt area outside the station building. Will this still be possible during the works?
A. With some of the construction works going on in the station forecourt, it is not possible for vehicles to use the ramp up the side of the Legh Arms to get to the station entrance. Passengers are still able to walk up the ramp (or the steps from Mill Lane) to get to the station. There is a small temporary drop-off point at the bottom of the ramp, but we would advise those picking up to choose an alternative safe location on the local road network.

Q. I currently use the cycle-parking by the station building will this still be available during the construction works?
A. The cycle parking just outside the existing station building will remain in place during the works. Access to the cycle parking is, as now, via the ramp to the side of the Legh Arms (or via the steps from Mill Lane).

Q. Will Blue Badge parking still be available at the station?
A. As part of the scheme 25 designated Blue Badge spaces will be provided in the nearest spaces in the car park to the new ticket office. During construction of the station improvements, Blue Badge parking close to the station entrance is severely limited, with just two spaces available at the foot of the ramp. More spaces are available in the first section of the new car park to be open as near to Mill Lane as possible, however the distance to these spaces is over 200m. Should you require assistance, please contact Northern Railways’ helpline on 0808 156 1606.

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