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Newton-le-Willows Interchange

The Scheme

Newton-le-Willows Interchange is a significant investment at the existing rail station to provide passengers with improved facilities, easier access and better links between local, regional and national transport.  It builds 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 includes: 

  • 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 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 has been 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, saw a 100-space section open at the end of November 2016. Work on the rail elements of the scheme, such as the new ticket office, subway, lifts and waiting facilities, commenced on site in December 2016. The rail elements of the scheme and the full car park and bus interchange opened to the public on Sunday 13 January 2019. Merseytravel is leading on the scheme, closely working with Network Rail, Northern and St Helens Council.

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 and bus interchange – 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.

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.

Scheme opens to the public  - Image Gallery

The new facilities at Newton-le-Willows opened to the public on Sunday 13th January 2019. Below are a series of images of the new facilities, taken in the first week of the facilities being opened.

Progress throughout the scheme  - Image Gallery

A site visit with Conor McGinn MP, local councillors and representatives from the key stakeholders took place in January 2017 to celebrate the start of works on site.

In March 2018, local councillors and the Chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee visited the site to see work get underway on excavating the subway underneath the railway line while services continued uniterrupted above them - a major milestone in the scheme.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How long will it be before the new development is completed at Newton-le-Willows?

A. The full new facilities at Newton-le-Willows opened to the public on Sunday 13 January 2019.

Q. With the station building moving from its current location north of the tracks, is it still be possible to access the platforms from this side?
A. Yes, the platforms are 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 is 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 has the funding for this development coming from?
A.  Liverpool City Region Growth Deal funding (Devolved Major Funding) and Merseytravel funding.

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

Q. Were train services affected by the works going on?
A. All of the works were carried out in a way and at a time that prevented the need to delay or change any rail services calling at the station.

Q. What is the provision for dropping off at the station? Is the forecourt outside the old station building going to remain open?
A. The previous drop-off point adjacent to the north Manchester-bound platform is now closed and only accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. A new dedicated drop-off point can be found within the new interchange, accessible from Mill Lane and Alfred Street.

Q. Is Blue Badge parking available at the station?
A. As part of the scheme, 25 designated Blue Badge spaces have been provided in the nearest spaces in the car park to the new ticket office.