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Merseyrail To Skelmersdale – Skelmersdale Station

In Merseyrail To Skelmersdale – How To Plan A New Rail-Link, I talked about a new Skelmersdale station.

From Kirkby, I took a taxi to look at the sites of Headbolt Lane and Skelmersdale stations.

These pictures were taken in and around the Concourse Shopping Centre at Skelmersdale.

The Shopping Centre has everything needed for a railway station, if one should be built nearby.

This Google Map shows the Concourse Shopping Centre.

As the rail line from the junction to the East of Rainford station comes in from the South, I’m sure that Merseyrail have a good place to put the station, so that passengers can walk into the Concourse Shopping Centre.

Passengers might even be able to use the existing bridge.

 

 

September 21, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Merseyrail To Skelmersdale – Headbolt Lane Station

In Merseyrail To Skelmersdale – How To Plan A New Rail-Link, I talked about Headbolt Lane station.

From Kirkby, I took a taxi to look at the sites of Headbolt Lane and Skelmersdale stations.

These pictures were taken at the site of the proposed Headbolt Lane station.

Plans for the station talk about a single platform.

This Google Map shows the railway line, which runs alongside Headbolt Lane.

Note the footbridge in the bottom left corner of the map.

Merseyrail would seem to have a lot of space to put the station.

September 21, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Merseyrail To Skelmersdale – Kirkby Station

In Merseyrail To Skelmersdale – How To Plan A New Rail-Link, I talked about Kirkby station.

So as I was going from Liverpool to Blackburn, I took a detour.

These pictures were taken at Kirkby station.

The amazing thing about Kirkby station is that in the last three years, the yearly passenger totals have averaged around 2.4 million.

Not bad for a station with four trains per hour (tph) to Liverpool and two tph to Manchester.

Near me in London, Chingford station has 4 tph to London and struggles to attract 1.7 million passengers per year.

You can understand, why Merseyrail are considering expanding the train service to Kirkby and the surrounding area.

Under Merseyrail’s plans, the station will remain a single platform, but I suspect the upgrading will do the following.

  • Trains will stop by the stairs and the ramp.
  • Platform facilities could be improved.
  • There’s space for a lift!

I suspect there’s not too many single-platform stations that will be able to handle 4 tph in both directions.

 

September 21, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment