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Full steam ahead for Maghull rail plans

 Work has begun this week on the construction of a new railway station at Maghull North, which will give increased travelling options to rail users in the area.

The new Maghull North station will be located just off School Lane adjacent to the former Ashworth Hospital site, between the existing Maghull and Town Green stations on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail’s Northern Line.

The station is a key piece of infrastructure in the Sefton Local Plan, supporting demand from an adjacent new housing development which will include 370 homes, with more homes planned for the area in the near future. It will also offer relief for the existing station in the town.

Facilities at the new station will include:-
• Staffed station building and ticket office with passenger toilet.
• Passenger waiting facilities on platform
• Step-free access with lifts and a bridge to, from and between both platforms and the station building.
• 156-space car park with blue badge, motorcycle parking and cycle storage.
• Pedestrian and cycle routes from School Lane and Park Lane to the station and bus stops on School Lane.
• Future provision for electric vehicle charging points.

The new station, which will be operated by Merseyrail, is expected to be open to the public in May 2018.
The £13m scheme is being funded through the Government’s Local Growth Fund (LGF), Merseytravel and the Homes and Communities Association, which previously owned the land on which the station will be built. It will form part of the wider £340m investment by Network Rail and the Liverpool City Region in rail improvements over the next three years.

Network Rail are undertaking the scheme on behalf of Merseytravel, using the contractor Buckingham Group. Initial work has begun on clearing the vegetation on the existing railway cutting to allow construction work to begin.

To help progress the work further, Network Rail require two weekend “possessions”, which will see the closure of the railway between Maghull and Ormskirk on the weekends of 27-28th October and 4-5th November.

A rail replacement bus service will be in place during this period. A further possession will be required towards the end of the year, with full details to be confirmed nearer the time.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Locality Services, said:

“Now that Planning permission has been granted, it is great to see work commencing on this important piece of infrastructure promoting public transport in Maghull.”

“Not only does the new station provide some of the infrastructure needed to support our Local Plan, it also complements other transport schemes like the improvements to junction 1 on the M58 and the A59 making Sefton even more accessible.

“I look forward to the scheme progressing with the station planned to open next year.”

All Liverpool City Region travellers advised to plan ahead of rail strikes

All travellers in the Liverpool City Region are being urged to plan their journeys and check before they travel ahead of strike action on both the Merseyrail network on and Northern services in early July.

Merseyrail services are affected on Saturday 8th and Monday 10th July, Northern Services are affected on Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th and Monday 10th July.

While train users will be most directly impacted, the whole transport network is expected to be busier as people find other ways to travel.

Most Merseyrail services are planned to run every half hour from around 7am to 7pm and services will not stop at some stations. Passengers are strongly advised to check the Merseyrail website and Twitter feed before travelling  as it is possible that timetables will change prior to, as well as during, strike action. 

Meanwhile, passengers who travel with Northern are also advised to check before they travel as Northern is planning on running more than 40 per cent of services on revised timetables between 7am and 7pm on Sat 8th July and Mon 10th July and between around 9am and 5pm on Sunday 9th July.

Services by other mainline train operators will continue to run as normal.

Key advice for everyone in the City Region needing to travel on these dates is:

  • Check before you travel: If you’re a rail user plan based on current information available, but be prepared to adapt your plans as timetables may change on these dates 
  • Rail stations are likely to be busier as a result of reduced rail services. Don’t aim for the last scheduled train, get there early.
  • If you’re not a rail user, you’re still likely to be affected as people find alternative ways to travel. Leave longer for your journey and avoid travelling at peak times where possible.
  • Bus may be a good alternative, with an extensive network across the Liverpool City Region. Some services will be monitored and strengthened on key routes.
  • The Mersey Ferries will be a good alternative if you’re travelling cross river, free car-parking at Seacombe for 370 cars with frequent commuter services Monday to Friday.
  • Cyclists can use valid cross river tickets on the Mersey Ferries.
  • Stick to public transport wherever possible to reduce congestion on key routes such as the Mersey Tunnels and roads in and out of the City Centre.
  • If you have no option but to drive, consider car sharing.
  • Speak to your employer about whether there is any flexibility in working times or the possibility of working from home.

Further information and travel options are available:

For the latest on Merseyrail services visit the website  or follow @Merseyrail on Twitter. You can also call 0151 555 1111.

For the latest on Northern services visit the website follow @northernassist on Twitter or visit National Rail Enquiries.

Use Merseytravel’s journey planner to see your travel options and visit the travelling around section of the website for more details on routes and timetables.

If you need additional help in planning your journeys call Merseytravel on 0151 330 1000

Information about services for industrial action on Sunday 23rd July will be published nearer the time.

Aintree Grand National Travel Information

Please see the latest information issued by Merseytravel regarding travel details for the Aintree Grand National meeting on Saturday April 8:

Merseyrail timetable overview

  • 7½-minute service to Aintree from Liverpool Central between 11.15 and 13.30, calling at Moorfields only.
  • 7½-minute service from Aintree to Liverpool Central between 17.30 and 19.15, calling at Moorfields only.
  • 15-minute service to Aintree from Liverpool Central between 10.00 and 11.00, calling at Moorfields only.
  • 15-minute service from Aintree to Liverpool Central between 16.30 and 17.30, and between 19.15 and 21.00, calling at Moorfields only.
  • Rail replacement buses to run from Ormskirk to Old Roan from 10.30 till 14.00, stopping at Maghull only. Buses to run from Old Roan to Ormskirk from 16.30 till 20.00, stopping at Maghull only.
  • Six departures from Southport to Liverpool Central (09.22, 09.37, 09.52, 10.42, 10.57 and 11.12). There are no services to Southport in the morning.
  • Five departures from Liverpool Central to Southport (19.08, 19.23, 19.38, 20.30 and 20.45). There are no services from Southport in the evening.
  • Half-hourly service from Hooton to James Street from 10.15 till 14.15 and from 17.15 till 20.45.
  • Half-hourly service from James Street to Hooton from 10.15 till 14.15 and from 16.45 till 21.15.
  • Half-hourly service between West Kirby and James Street from 10.00 till 13.30 and from 16.45 till 21.00.
  • Half-hourly service from James Street to West Kirby from 10.30 till 14.00 and from 17.00 till 21.30.
  • No services between Chester and Hooton or between Ellesmere Port and Hooton. Existing bus services to offer direct connections between Chester, Ellesmere Port and Liverpool.
  • No services on the New Brighton line. Existing bus services to offer direct connections between New Brighton and Liverpool.
  • No services on the Kirkby line. Existing bus services to offer direct connections between Kirkby and Liverpool.
  • No services between Hunts Cross and Liverpool. Existing bus services to offer direct connections between Hunts Cross and Liverpool. Other train operators will be running trains between Liverpool South Parkway and Liverpool Lime Street.

Key travel advice

  • Allow plenty of time to travel.
  • Check before you travel: you can get in and out of Liverpool on mainline rail services and to Aintree and back by Merseyrail, but services may not fully cover all routes or follow the normal timetable. Merseyrail services and Northern services will also finish earlier than usual.
  • Stick to public transport wherever possible. This is to reduce congestion on key routes such as the Mersey Tunnels and roads in and out of the city-centre and around Aintree, and because trains are likely to be very crowded.
  • Full details of Merseyrail services and rail replacement buses are on the Merseyrail website (www.merseyrail.org/strike), on Twitter (@Merseyrail) and on posters at all stations or call. A booklet covering timetable information and travel advice over the three-day Grand National festival will be available at stations.
  • For the latest on Northern services visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or northernrailway.co.uk/industrialaction and follow @northernassist on Twitter.
  • Use Merseytravel’s journey planner to see your other travel options www.merseytravel.gov.uk/journeyplanner and get more details on routes and timetables at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/travellingaround
  • If you need additional help in planning your journeys, call Merseytravel on 0151 236 7676. 

All Liverpool City Region travellers advised to plan ahead of rail strike

All travellers in the Liverpool City Region are being urged to plan their journeys and check before they travel ahead of industrial action on both the Merseyrail network and Northern services on Monday (13th March).

While train users will be most directly impacted, the whole transport network is expected to be busier as people find other ways to travel.

Merseyrail services are planned to run every half hour on all routes from around 7am to 7pm. All trains will be six carriages long. However, passengers are strongly advised to check the Merseyrail website and Twitter feed before travelling  as it is possible that timetables will change prior to, as well as during, strike action.

Meanwhile, passengers who travel with Northern are also advised to check before they travel as the operator will also be running a greatly reduced, and revised, timetable. Services by other mainline train operators will continue to run as normal.

Key advice for everyone in the City Region needing to travel on Monday 13th March:-

  • Check before you travel: If you’re a rail user plan based on current information available, but be prepared to adapt your plans as timetables may change on Monday 13th.
  • Rail stations are likely to be busier as a result of reduced rail services. Don’t aim for the last scheduled train, get there early.
  • If you’re not a rail user, you’re still likely to be affected as people find alternative ways to travel. Leave longer for your journey and avoid travelling at peak times where possible.
  • Bus may be a good alternative for you on strike day, with an extensive network across the Liverpool City Region. Services will be monitored and strengthened on key routes.
  • The Mersey Ferries will be a good alternative if you’re travelling cross river, with frequent commuter services and free car-parking at Seacombe for 370 cars. Valid cross-river rail tickets and passes will be accepted, including for cyclists. Current arrangements remain for the cross-river bike bus.
  • Stick to public transport wherever possible to reduce congestion on key routes such as the Mersey Tunnels and roads in and out of the City Centre.
  • Speak to your employer about whether there is any flexibility in working times or the possibility of working from home.
  • If you have no option but to drive, consider car sharing.
  • For travel advice and options on Monday 13th March visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk/railstrike
  • For the latest on Merseyrail services visit www.merseyrail.org/strike or follow @Merseyrail on Twitter. You can also call 0151 555 1111
  • For the latest on Northern services visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.northernrailway.co.uk/industrialaction and  follow @northernassist on Twitter.
  • If you need additional help in planning your journeys call Merseytravel on 0151 236 7676

Said Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Managing Director at Merseyrail:

“We expect to be able to run the revised timetable published earlier this week, as long as other staff who are not on strike come to work as normal. However, it is possible that services change prior to, as well as during, strike action, so we strongly advise passengers to check our website and Twitter feed before travelling.’

Said Sharon Keith, Regional Director for Northern said:

“We are acutely aware of the important role that Northern plays in keeping the north of England moving, would ask for your patience on Monday, and ask all our customers to individually take time to consider whether your journey is necessary and if it is, please plan carefully.”

Said Frank Rogers, Chief Executive of Merseytravel:

“Industrial action is intended to be disruptive and it will be. While rail travellers will be most directly affected, other people travelling in and around the City Region that day are likely to be impacted as people take to the wider transport network. Consider when you travel and how, to play your part in keeping the City Region moving as best it can.”

Improving the customer offer for bus users

Bus passengers travelling around the Liverpool City Region can benefit from an improved ticket offer from this week. (Monday 30th January).

   The introduction of a new ticket and new way of buying existing ones, are a result of Merseytravel, Arriva and Stagecoach working together through the Bus Alliance.

Arriva’s Merseyside Adult and Young Person’s Weekly Saver tickets and Stagecoach’s Adult and Young Person’s 7 day Merseyside Megarider plus+ tickets are now available to buy and renew on a Walrus Card on the bus.

There is no change to prices or validity and Walrus cards are reusable and allow customers to simply top it up on the bus when they need to.

This is all about the next stage in the journey to ensuring transport tickets are available on smart platforms. Customers are asked to retain their Walrus card for future use especially as there are plans to start an activation fee on all new cards in the near future.

On the same day, Merseytravel has also launched a new adult One Day Solo bus ticket. It’s available to buy on bus services within Merseyside and gives customers the freedom to travel on any bus, any time with just one ticket for £4.70. It is valid through peak times.

Arriva day saver tickets for £4.30 and Stagecoach dayrider tickets for £4 are unchanged and will remain accepted by either operator on Quality Bus Network journeys.

Smart card and multi operator ticketing are the key focus of the Bus Alliance a formal agreement between Merseytravel, Arriva and Stagecoach (who together operate 90 per cent of commercial bus services in the Liverpool City Region) with the aim of getting more people travelling by bus and driving up investment for all who use them.

Significant investment in recent years has seen the customer experience on bus improved and we expect this progress to continue.

As 80 per cent of public transport journeys in the City Region are made by bus, there is potential for bus to play a much more significant role in growing our economy, better linking people with jobs and opportunities, education and leisure.

Said Cllr Liam Robinson Chair of the Merseytravel Committee:

“The Bus Alliance is transforming the approach to tickets and ticket buying to make the process more convenient and efficient for customers by making the most of technology and offering new products.

“The new Adult One Day Solo is an example of how we are improving the customer offer to help make bus a mode of choice rather than last resort.

“This ticket could benefit those who don’t travel regularly or have different working patterns including part time workers, students and leisure travellers. Some of these bus users may be spending unnecessarily, on a weekly ticket or a season ticket or in a single day, or may have had to buy a number of different bus tickets across different services.”

 

Howard Farrall, Managing Director Arriva Merseyside said “The new one day multi-operator Solo ticket is a great step forward for the Bus Alliance, giving increased flexibility to the travelling public in Merseyside.

“By adding the Arriva Weekly Saver Ticket range to the already successful Walrus card, customers will have even more flexibility when choosing their best ticket option.”

Rob Jones, managing director of Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire, said: “This is great news for bus users across the Liverpool City Region who will enjoy a more accessible ticket range as a direct result of the partnership between Arriva, Merseytravel and Stagecoach.

“Using technology is a great way to deliver greater convenience for passengers and we’re pleased that customers purchasing Stagecoach’s Adult and Young Person’s 7 day Merseyside Megarider plus+ tickets on the bus can now do so using the Walrus card.

“Dayrider tickets remain available on the bus or the Stagecoach bus app.”

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