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The scheme to open a new station on the Merseyrail network at Headbolt Lane in Kirkby has attracted £3.3 million of funding from the Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund to move to the next stage of Network Rail’s design process.
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram made the pledge for a new station at Kirkby Headbolt Lane, which will include around 500 park and ride spaces and a bus interchange with step-free access throughout the station and onto the new Merseyrail trains.
The full scheme includes the extension of the Merseyrail network beyond the existing Kirkby station, meaning that residents in the Northwood and Tower Hill areas of the town would be even closer to services on the Merseyrail network.
As well as Merseyrail trains, Northern services from Wigan and Manchester would also operate to and from the new station.
The development also forms part of the plans to build new rail link to Skelmersdale, which would connect to the Merseyrail network via Kirkby. Merseytravel is continuing to work closely with Lancashire County Council and West Lancashire Borough Council to support that scheme.
An outline business case is currently being developed for the scheme, which is expected to be completed by September 2020. It is planned for the new station to be operational by 2023.
The station also forms part of the Liverpool City Region Long Term Rail Strategy, a 30-year plan, which was updated in 2018.
Speaking about this new investment in the scheme, Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “I’m delighted that we’re moving forward with our plans for a new station at Headbolt Lane. It’s a really exciting moment and great news for the people of Kirkby. It shows my continued commitment to invest in transport infrastructure across the whole city region.
“As a local lad, Kirkby is close to my heart so I’m pleased that it will now be better connected to the city region via our new trains which will be some of the most sophisticated in the country. An improved public transport network is central to building back better and supporting our economic recovery.
“I remain determined to deliver our ambitious plans for a London-style integrated transport network that the people of the city region deserve. We know that transport may look different post-Coronavirus, but that will not stop us from realising our ambitions for the future.”
This article first appeared on www.railengineer.co.uk
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