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Bill Esterson MP encouraged by new station plans

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Maghull’s Labour MP, Bill Esterson, has welcomed an exciting new announcement from Merseytravel about the new station for North Maghull. The confirmation that the station is to be ready for 2018, was made by Merseytravel Chairman, Liam Robinson when he met Bill Esterson to show him the latest plans for the £7 million project. Cllr Robinson also confirmed that Maghull and Lydiate residents will now be able to travel to Southport by bus for a flat fare of £2.20. 
Bill Esterson was shown plans for the new station at School Lane in Maghull, which is to be built with a new car park and lifts for elderly and disabled passengers. The station will also be staffed full time and will use land that has previously been developed and which was part of Ashworth Hospital before it was sold a few years ago.
The Maghull North station is to be built as a partnership between Merseytravel, Network Rail, Merseyrail and Sefton Council. It is also being planned with Persimmon Homes, the Homes and Communities Agency and the Network Rail contractor, Buckingham Group.
Neighbours in Mersey Avenue are being consulted about the plans so that mitigation of the impact can be designed into the new scheme.
Maghull and Lydiate Labour MP, Bill Esterson said, “The confirmation of the new Maghull North
station is excellent news for the people of Maghull and Lydiate. The station will have a decent sized car park. It will be far easier to get to for people in North Maghull and in Lydiate and will take the pressure off the existing station and Station Road. The new station is on previously developed or brownfield land, which is Labour policy for development, so well done to Labour run Merseytravel and Sefton Council for their approach."

"Residents who will be affected in Mersey Avenue are being consulted and it is really important to do everything we can to ensure that any impact of development is mitigated and that is what is happening with the station. I was really impressed by what Cllr Robinson told me about help that could be given to householders who are worried about the effects of this change. House prices may well go up for those living nearest to the station of course so there is a mix of upsides and downsides. The station is a real partnership between public sector and private sector. Persimmon are looking to build houses next to the station, also on brownfield land and it makes sense if the developers of the station and houses work closely together."
"The news that the station could be ready in 2018 is a real boost for residents who commute to work by rail or who travel for leisure reasons. Cllr Robinson also briefed me on Merseytravel’s proposals for high speed links from Liverpool to Manchester and to join up with the High Speed line to London. Merseyrail is also planning to renew its trains and the next few years could bring very positive changes for rail travellers in our area."

"I travel to London and back every week to represent you in parliament and I know that when trains are modern, clean, reliable and quick, they make a very attractive alternative to the car. The combination of a new station, new trains and in time high speed trains to Manchester, London and elsewhere is potentially very good news not just for Maghull and Lydiate but for Sefton and Merseyside. It must help the success of our economy if our rail services improve. The news of a flat fare to Southport from East Sefton must also help and I congratulate Labour run Merseytravel for working with the bus company Arriva to cut the fare to £2.20. In the absence of a rail link to Southport, it makes perfect sense to have cheaper bus travel. I am thrilled at the news of so many well crafted plans for travel."

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