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Maghull and Lydiate Labour councillors attend exhibition of plans for new Maghull North station

Maghull and Lydiate Labour councillors, John Sayers, Lynn Gatherer and Patrick McKinley talk through the plans for the new Maghull North station with Network Rail’s project manager Rob Grey and Jill Stephenson.

Maghull and Lydiate Labour councillors attended the exhibition of plans this week which will see the culmination of a long-running campaign for a new train station in Maghull.

Merseytravel together with Network Rail held the exhibition at Maghull Town Hall to give residents the chance to see for themselves what a new station could look like.

The event was also the launch of Merseytravel's consultation on the draft plans.

Maghull and Lydiate Labour Action Teams, which is made up of local town and borough councillors, as well as MP Bill Esterson, have campaigned for the new station.

Earlier this year they invited Merseytravel Chairman, Cllr Liam Robinson to the town to put the case for the new station.

Shortly afterwards he announced the scheme had been given the green light.

Work on construction is set to start at the site just off School Lane in January 2017 and completed within 12 months.

Network Rail project manager, Rob Grey, told the Labour councillors: "Residents have raised some good points which we will go through and see how we can incorporate them into the final plans.

"We are at the initial stages of this project at the moment so the residents' feedback is invaluable as part of the whole process. We will attempt to design out as many of the issues that the community raises with us as we go forward. 

"For us, it is about getting it right at the design stage, and making sure that we come up something that the residents are happy with, rather than having to come back after the station is built to put things right that could have been done before construction had even started."

Among the delegation of Labour councillors who attended the event was Maghull Town Council Labour leader and Sudell Ward Labour councillor, Patrick McKinley.

Cllr McKinley said: "This is great news for Maghull. This is a major investment in our community which is just what we need. It is a boost for the community and a boost for public transport in this area.

"It was fascinating to see the details in the draft plan which already consists of a 200-place car park, lifts to and from each platform, as well as places for secure cycle parking and toilet facilities.

"But what is most impressive, is that this community is being given a say in what we want from this station. This is the launch of a consultation period in which people who live here get to shape this station. I heard lots of comments and suggestions from the very many people who attended the consultation, all of which will go back and be fed into the process of turning these long-awaited plans into a reality."

Maghull Town Council deputy leader and Park Ward Labour councillor, John Sayers, also attended.

Cllr Sayers said: "As local councillors it is our role now to make sure that this station is built in the interests of the residents who live here and that all concerns and comments are addressed.

"For instance, some of the residents who attended told me that they wanted to see some improvements to the aesthetics of the design, while others wanted reassurances that there were enough parking spaces to cope with demand to ensure that commuters don't end up parking in nearby residential roads.

"The exhibition was the perfect opportunity to speak to the experts and submit feedback there and then, although the consultation runs right the way through to early January, so there's still plenty of time to have your views heard."

Fellow Sudell Ward Labour councillor, Lynn Gatherer, said she had already spoken to residents about the plans.

Cllr Gatherer said: "There are some people who live nearby who obviously have concerns about this, in relation to the disturbance during the construction work and any potential disturbance once the station is operational. I put those concerns to the experts who were on hand who have taken note in order to address them as best as possible.

"But on the whole, this is an exciting project for our community and it is one which as many people as possible should comment on so that it is in the interests of Maghull and Lydiate as a whole. That is exactly what we will continue to work for.

"One comment from one resident we recently met was to call this station Maghull Moss Side as it will be built on the site of the former military hospital. He also suggested calling some of the new roads around the station after wards as well as getting a fitting memorial to the hospital sited at the entrance.

"Very good suggestions that we are pushing for and if anyone else has similar suggestions, I urge them to take the time to contribute to the consultation."

Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson this was a great investment for this community and the wider area.

Bill said: "As part of the devolution plan agreed by all of the councils across Merseyside, Merseytravel will have far more control over transport throughout the region. The plan is an opportunity for us to make the most of important new powers. While rail isn't part of the deal, rail users will benefit from integration with bus services, which will help everyone who uses public transport and benefit business and the wider economy.

"I am very pleased with the investment Mersytravel and Merseyrail are putting in and with the support of Labour councillors across Merseyside and I will be working closely with Cllr Liam Robinson at Merseytravel and with the local authority leaders across the region to make the most of this deal, particularly when it comes to improving public transport and the wider economy."

Maghull and Lydiate Labour councillors, John Sayers, Lynn Gatherer and Patrick McKinley talk through the plans for the new Maghull North station with Network Rail’s project manager Rob Grey and Jill Stephenson. 

 

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