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Maghull North Station Gets Approval

This article in Rail Technology Magazine is entitled Green light given to Merseyrail’s new Maghull North station.

The following are points from the article about the new Maghull North station.

  • The new station forms a key part of the Sefton Council’s Local Plan.
  • The new station offers relief to Maghull station.
  • The new station will support development in the area.
  • The new station will have 156 car parking spaces.
  • The station has all the facilities passengers need.
  • The station design probably needs little work to the track and a few new signals.
  • Construction will start in August 2017, with opening expected in May 2018.
  • Visualisations show the station has two platforms outside the double-track, with lifts and stairs to both platforms.
  • The main station building is separate from the platforms and has level access to the footbridge.

The whole scheme is costing £13million.

I shall be looking forward to visiting the station, when it opens in sixteen months.

Thoughts On Revenue And Costs

It is interesting to note that Maghull station handles about 1.8 million passengers a year, who probably spend about an average of three pounds on a ticket, so the station could generate about £5million a year.

It is probably, a valid assumption to say that Maghull North station will generate a couple of million pounds a year in revenue.

But as it towards the end of the line and as the only station to the North with substantial traffic is Ormskirk, I suspect that the current four trains per hour service will handle the extra passengers from Maghull North station.

So after a quick look, I feel that Maghull North station could be paid for by the extra passengers and their revenue.

It should be born in mind, that a lot of things will and could happen to trains between Liverpool and Ormskirk.

  • From 2019, the line will see new Stadler trains, which will cut journey times and speed up station stops.
  • Trains may go from Liverpool to Skelmersdale via Ormskirk.
  • Trains may go direct from Liverpool to Preston, without a change at Ormskirk.
  • The Burscough Curves may be reinstated giving access from Ormskirk to Southport and Wigan.

All developments will generate passengers at both Maghull stations.

I hope the station design has left space to add more car parking.

Lessons For Other Station Proposals

I suspect for those, who took the decision to build Maghull North station, found it an easy decision to take.

  • The passenger demand is there.
  • The station can be built without a major blockade of the line.
  • New trains will be serving the station.
  • Related developments could increase the train frequency.

But most importantly, the station could be paid for from extra revenue.

How many other proposed stations fit these criteria?

January 24, 2017 - Posted by | Travel | , ,

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