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Full steam ahead for Maghull North scheme

As work to build the new Maghull North station heads into its next phase, key Liverpool City Region partners visited site last week to see the progress being made on site.

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson and other representatives from the key delivery partners involved in developing the scheme joined Merseytravel and Network Rail at the station compound just off School Lane in Maghull.

Since work began in September this year, engineers have been hard at work preparing the site for the construction phase of the works, while enabling services to operate on the Ormskirk line as normal.

Extensive excavation and grading works have already been completed on the embankments to accommodate the new station platforms and significant progress has been made installing the platform foundations. Groundworks have also been completed in preparation for the new 156-space car park alongside the new station.

Forthcoming works planned to take place overnight on Saturdays will involve realigning both tracks to ensure the lines are level and spaced correctly in line with the new platforms.

After the festive period, from 27th December to 8th January, the line will be closed to enable engineers to install the new platforms, the new footbridge to the platforms and associated staircases, lift shafts, and new track drainage. During this time, there will be a rail replacement bus service in operation between Maghull and Ormskirk.

The new Maghull North station will be located just off School Lane next 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 forms a key piece of infrastructure in the Sefton Local Plan, supporting local public transport demand from a nearby new housing development that 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 the platforms.
  • 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 and motorcycle parking facilities, as well as 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. While Network Rail is building the station, it forms part of the wider £340m investment of rail improvements across the Liverpool City Region over the next three years.

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

“This project is a very important piece of infrastructure promoting public transport in Maghull and the wider Liverpool City Region.

 “It’s fantastic to see progress being made and moving on to the next stage with completion planned for 2018.

 “Once finished, the new station will provide some of the key infrastructure needed to support our Local Plan and will also complement other transport schemes like the improvements to junction 1 on the M58 and the A59 making Sefton even more accessible to everyone.”

Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor said:

“It was great to visit the Maghull North development today and see the fantastic progress that has been made in such a short period of time.

“This much-needed new station will greatly benefit the people of Maghull, as the town continues to grow in the years ahead. I am really looking forward to visiting the site again when the station opens next year.”

Bill Esterson, MP for Sefton Central added:

“The new station will make a big difference to people in North Maghull and Lydiate, with the extra parking also a help to the rest of Maghull as well. This investment in Maghull is also important because of the new homes which are being built and will help commuters, students and shoppers alike.

“I am pleased that Merseytravel and Network Rail are talking to nearby residents about the building works as it is important to keep them notified of upcoming works. Once the station is open, I hope that the benefits will outweigh the inconvenience during construction.

“This station has been talked about for over 30 years and I am pleased that Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, the Combined Liverpool City Region Authority, Sefton Council, Merseytravel and Network Rail have worked together to make sure it is finally being built for the many in Maghull and Lydiate.”

Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel said:

“The Maghull North station scheme is a prime example of our Long Term Rail Strategy being put into practice area and it’s great to see how much has been achieved on the site in such a short space of time.

“The new station will be of huge benefit to local residents, giving more travel options while playing a big part in helping the on-going development of Maghull in the coming years.”


More details on the scheme can be found on the Merseytravel website at You can find out more about the wider investment across the Liverpool city region at  

Rogue businessman fined £2.6k in Sefton flytipping case

A rogue businessman has been fined nearly £2,600 after Sefton Council discovered he had dumped piles of household waste in the borough.

 Julian Royd Furley of Riddock Road, Litherland, was found guilty of flytipping at South Sefton Magistrates on Tuesday, November 21 where he was ordered to pay £2,593. 

 The fine was issued after household waste including patio doors, old rugs, pieces of shed and even Christmas tinsel was found dumped outside the former Muncaster Pub on Irlam Road, Bootle in August.

 Sefton’s Environmental Enforcement Health officers had managed to trace the rubbish back to a number of residents from Kirkby and, subsequently, discovered that the rubbish had been handed over to the defendant on the condition that it would be responsibly disposed of. 

 Had they not managed to trace Furley, officers warned that because of a household duty of care, the prosecution would have been taken against the residents whose waste had been flytipped.

 Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “This case once again highlights the importance of making sure you know who is disposing of your waste and that you have the evidence to prove it. 

 “If flytipped waste is traced back to a particular property, the householder could be hit with a huge fine if they cannot properly identify who they used to get rid of their waste.

 “The responsibility is with the household to check the firm or person they employ are legitimate and registered with the Environment Agency. 

 “Too many residents are employing people to take waste away which is then being flytipped in the borough.

 “Luckily in this case we were given firm evidence of who disposed of the waste which led to a successful conviction.”

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League games postponed due to bad weather

Following discussions with the managing agents from the district leagues, matches on all Sefton Council playing fields have been postponed this weekend (Saturday 25, and Sunday 26, November, 2017).

 The decision has been taken due to the current ground conditions caused by the recent poor weather and the current forecast.

Festive treats galore at Southport Christmas Markets

Festive foods and yuletide tipples are all on the menu as Southport welcomes a Christmas market.

 Lining Chapel Street, bespoke wooden chalets, named ‘The Ainsdale’, will be decorated in sparkling lights and home for Christmas traders.

 The market, run by Sefton Council, opened its doors on November 23 and will run until December 17 opening from 10am-5.30pm Monday-Thursday, 10am-6pm on Friday-Saturday and 10am-5pm on a Sunday.

 Stalls selling gifts, chocolate flavoured wine, gins and other spirits, herbal remedies, pancakes and other hot foods are all on offer in a brightly lit winter wonderland.

 The market will compliment Southport’s other vibrant shops, stunning Christmas lights and the arrival of the Southport BID supported ice rink which will be open from December 1-31.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:

“Following the successful Christmas lights switch on which was attended by thousands of people, the Christmas market will add a real festive theme to the town centre.

“We want people to shop local during the festive season which will give local traders a real boost. With the Christmas market available in Chapel Street, shoppers can stop for a special drink or sample a food treat while enjoying the delights of Southport.

“Not only will the market appeal to Sefton residents but we want people from all over the region to visit Southport and appreciate what a great town it is all year round and see how the whole borough is well and truly open for business.”

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Make Christmas special for children with the Mayor of Sefton

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, is asking as many people as possible across the borough to get behind this year’s Christmas gift appeal. 

The annual request asks all residents in Sefton to try and provide presents for some of the borough’s most deserving children and make this Christmas extra special for them.  

Gifts, for children of all ages, can be taken to either Bootle or Southport Town Halls or dropped off at any Sefton Council library or leisure centre by Wednesday, December 20.

Gifts can also be dropped at the Asda store at Central 12 in Southport. Gift tokens are particularly welcome to be given to older children. 

All presents collected will later be distributed to children and young people throughout the borough by volunteers from Sefton Council and Sefton Children’s Trust on behalf of the Mayor. 

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “I am urging anyone who lives or works in Sefton to try and donate a present for the annual Mayor’s Christmas Gift Appeal.

“Every year the generosity of people is amazing and I’m hoping 2017 will be no different as we make Christmas that little bit special for those less fortunate. 

“Any donation is welcome and we are looking for gifts for all ages from babies and toddlers to teens. To ensure we can get the right gift to the right child may I please ask that the gifts be new and are left unwrapped.” 

For further information on the Mayor’s Christmas Gift Appeal please call 0151 934 3359. 

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