Labour MP Bill Esterson and Maghull Town Council leader Cllr Patrick McKinley celebrate “huge boost for town” as it is announced new Maghull North Station will be up and running early in 2018

Merseytravel chairman Cllr Liam Robinson during his site visit to Maghull with Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson, Cllr June Burns, Cllr Rob Owens and Cllr Patrick McKinley

 

Maghull North Station is scheduled to be opened and fully operational by early 2018, Labour MP Bill Esterson and Maghull Town Council's Labour leader Cllr Patrick McKinley have learned this week.

Maghull & Lydiate Labour Action Teams have been campaigning for the new station which they say is needed to provide improved access to public transport for a large portion of the population in the Maghull and Lydiate area.

Last year, they invited Merseytravel chairman, Cllr Liam Robinson to the area to put the case directly to him.

Following the meeting, Merseytravel announced that the new station had been added to the regional transport authority's 'plan for future projects'.

MP Bill Esterson and Cllr Patrick McKinley have welcomed Merseytravel's latest announcement that the station will be up and running within the next three years.

Bill said: "This is great news for this whole area. It is a much needed investment in the infrastructure of this part of Maghull and in the public transport system for this community.

"We were very encouraged when Cllr Robinson accepted the Maghull & Lydiate Labour Action Teams' invitation to visit the site where the new station would be sited so we could put the case to him directly. He was very open to the idea of the new station and immediately confirmed that he and his team would work on adding the scheme to his list of future projects.

"He did this within weeks and he has lived up to his promises by confirming this week that work will be completed on the new station in the early part of 2018.

"Despite having to deal with huge cuts in its budget in the last five years, Merseytravel understands that the only way to get the economy moving is by providing a public transport system that allows people to travel to and from work.

"This is a major investment and I would like to thank Cllr Robinson and his Merseytravel colleagues for his ongoing hard work in making this plan a reality."

Maghull Town Council leader and Sudell Ward Labour councillor, Patrick McKinley, also represents the borough on Merseytravel.

He said the success of the campaign was a victory for the whole area.

Cllr McKinley said: "There has been talk of a new station for Maghull for decades and the Labour Action Teams have been campaigning for this for more years than I care to remember. But the campaigning has paid off.

"We put a robust case to Merseytravel for the station showing the benefits it would bring to rail passengers and the whole community. This community will now benefit from a sizeable investment in the public transport infrastructure and from the long term benefits a new station here will bring.

"This part of Maghull has been crying out for some improved infrastructure for years. We will are now on track to see those improvements arrive within the next few years."

 

Merseytravel chairman Cllr Liam Robinson during his site visit to Maghull with Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson, Cllr June Burns, Cllr Rob Owens and Cllr Patrick McKinley