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Maghull North station scheme

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

The Scheme

The new Maghull North station, which opened to the public on Monday 18th June 2018, is 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

Facilities at new station 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 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 undertook the scheme on behalf of Merseytravel, using the contractor Buckingham Group.

The images below were taken at the official opening of the station on Friday 22nd June 2018. Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Bill Esterson, MP for Sefton Central, unveiled a plaque to mark the opening.

From left to right: Andy Heath, Merseyrail Managing Director; Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region; Bill Esterson, MP for Sefton Central; Martin Frobisher, Network Rail's London North Western route managing director; and Frank Rogers, Interim Head of Service at the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

Scheme Progress - Image Gallery

Since work began on the scheme back in September 2017, a lot of progress has been made. Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, local MP Bill Esterson and a number of other stakeholders close to the scheme made a site visit in November 2017 to see the work that had taken place so far.

A major milestone was reached in January 2018 when the lift shaft and bridge structures were put into place during one of the weekend closures.


Press releases

Several press releases have been sent out relating to the scheme. You can find these below:

Metro Mayor hails improved rail links at Maghull Nth station official opening (22/06/2018)
New Maghull North station proposals on show at public information event (20/11/2015)

Community projects

A number of community projects are being undertaken to support the new station by Merseytravel, Network Rail, Merseyrail and Sefton Council.

Schoolchildren's artwork

The first community project to be unveiled was an artwork produced by students from seven local schools (Maghull High, Deyes High School, St Andrew’s Primary, St Georges Primary, St Gregory’s, St Thomas Primary and Summerhill Primary schools) which has been placed on the station site fences on School Lane.

The school children showed off their artistic talents for the project, covering a wide range of subjects from butterflies and trains to the Three Graces and other landmarks within the Liverpool City Region. 
After the unveiling a presentation was given to the students by Network Rail about the work involved in building a new station, the jobs and skills that are needed to work in the rail industry and railway safety. This was followed by a question and answer session.

A number of other community projects are planned for the new station, including a time capsule prepared by a local school and display boards covering the history of the former nearby pioneering Moss Side Hospital. Details of these future projects will be posted here as they are unveiled.

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 June 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. How will pedestrians and vehicles access the station once the scheme is completed?
A. Vehicle access to the station will be via the new road off School Lane called Goldcrest Road, part of the new Persimmon Homes estate. Pedestrian and cycle access will also be available from School Lane and Park Lane via a dedicated footpath and cycleway.

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.