Merseyrail has opened a brand new station in Merseyside to serve the growing community in Maghull.
Maghull North station has been built off School Lane between Maghull and Town Green stations on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail’s Northern line.
It is Merseyrail’s 68th station and the first new station to be built for 20 years – the last being Conway Park on the Wirral line and Brunswick on the Northern line, which were both built in 1998.
Maghull North is a staffed station with step-free access to both platforms. It has a 156-space car park, with passive provision for electric vehicle charging points.
The £13 million project is being funded through the government’s Local Growth Fund (LGF), Merseytravel and the Homes and Communities Association, which owned the land. The new station has been built to serve the growing population in Maghull as a result of housing projects in the area.
Around £340 million is being invested in rail upgrades across the Liverpool City Region over the next three years. The next project due to be completed is the Newton-Le-Willows Interchange station upgrade.
Andy Heath, who is managing director at Merseyrail, said: “Maghull North is a welcome new addition to the Merseyrail network, providing improved access to local rail services for the residents of Maghull.
“I am really pleased to see the station officially open today, following a successful week in operation since the first train arrived on Monday.”
Martin Frobisher, Network Rail’s London North Western route managing director, added: “The brand-new Maghull North station is the latest milestone in the Great North Rail Project, a rail industry team effort to transform train travel for customers across the North by 2020 through track and train upgrades.
“Improved rail links like this are creating new opportunities for people across the North by improving speed, reliability and frequency of rail access to major economic centres like Liverpool.”