Maghull & Lydiate Labour Action Teams are celebrating this week after finding out that their long-running campaign for a new Maghull North Railway Station has come one stop closer after a successful multi-million pound bid.
Merseytravel this week announced that a bid for £6.1m funding to go towards the cost of building the station had been successful.
Merseytravel chairman, Cllr Liam Robinson, was invited to make a site visit by Labour MP Bill Esterson and Maghull & Lydiate Labour Action Teams.
During his visit, Cllr Robinson met with the MP together with Labour councillors Lynn Gatherer, Patrick McKinley, Rob Owens and June Burns.
Just weeks later, Merseytravel confirmed the new station was to be built.
MP Bill Esterson said the success of the funding bid was a real boost for the ongoing campaign for the station.
Bill said: "This is great news for the campaign and for the whole of East Sefton. Cllr Liam Robinson's commitment to the new Maghull North Railway Station is testament to the hardwork of the Maghull & Lydiate Labour Action Teams who have been campaigning hard for this new station for many years.
"I would like to thank Cllr Robinson for meeting with Cllrs Gatherer, McKinley, Owens, Burns and I, and listening to the case for the new station.
"During the meeting he confirmed that he was impressed by the argument for the new station and the long term benefits it would bring to the whole of East Sefton and he said at the time that he would look into how Merseytravel could incorporate the building of a brand new station in their future projects plan.
"Despite the huge amount of cuts in Merseytravel's funding by the Tories and Lib Dems, Cllr Robinson has been as good as his word and has been working to find alternative sources of funding to make this scheme a reality.
"This £6.1m funding boost will go a long way to getting the station on track."
Sudell Ward Labour councillor and Maghull Town Council leader Cllr Patrick McKinley was delighted with the news.
Cllr McKinley said: "This was part of a successful bid to improve transport infrastructure in the North West which is something that we desperately need in our region.
"We are very pleased to see that the £6.1m bid has been successful. Investment is just what we need to boost our local economy and create the jobs that are needed.
"And anything that improves transport networks in Maghull is most welcome particularly in the east side of Maghull where public transport is in need of improvement."
Fellow Sudell Ward Labour councillor Lynn Gatherer said this would be a real boost for Maghull.
Cllr Gatherer said: "This is great news. Maghull & Lydiate Labour Action Teams have been campaigning for this new station for a long time and this funding boost is the biggest step forward in the campaign yet.
"Lots of people in this part of Maghull tell me that we need this sort of infrastructure improvement here.
"We will continue to work with Cllr Robinson and the rest of Merseytravel to make sure that we get that transport improvement where we need it most - here in Maghull"
Maghull Labour Action Team's John Sayers said it was good news for the whole community.
John said: "Of course this is good news for Maghull. I'm lucky enough to live close enough to our existing station to be able to walk there, but for people living along Park Lane or throughout the east of Maghull then they've got a bit of a hike.
"For those lucky enough to have a car, then more often than not, there are no parking spaces left at Maghull. A new station will bring new parking spaces and will hopefully alleviate the problem.
"It's good news all around."