The Anonymous Widower

Headbolt Lane Station Tipped For Go-Ahead

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Place North West.

This is the first paragraph.

Knowsley Council’s December planning committee is expected to approve Network Rail’s plans for a new station in Kirkby.

The article also says that the station could open by Spring 2023.

I wonder, if Liverpudlians will create Headbolt Lane station in record time, as they did a few miles down the line at Maghull North station, which I wrote about in How To Build A Station In Nine Months.

If they do open in early 2023, it is likely to be the first new rail line in the UK, that has been designed to be run by battery-electric trains.

As Liverpudlians like to be first, I would expect that this station will open by Spring 2023. Judging by Network Rail’s performance on bringing the Dartmoor Line to Okehampton station back into service, I don’t suspect it is an impossible dream.

December 4, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , ,


  1. Okehampton was pretty straight forward and largely a glorified renewals job which it generally does well at. In respect of Headbolt lane i find it bizarre that the local authority who wants the scheme would want to create any obstacles and sure we need a simplified approach for getting national infrastructure pushed along quicker. Anyhow if its a simple design like Maghull should be able to get it open for Dec 22 – question is will MereyRail have any of the the 777’s in traffic let alone the BEMU versions seems the bigger challenge right now.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | December 4, 2021 | Reply

    • I think the BEMU’s may even have been certified. It’s just down to driver training before entry into service.

      I also think there’s little urgency as the 508s are in such good condition and seem to work reliably.

      I always compare the with the 313s out of Moorgate, which were scruffy and covered in graffiti.

      508s don’t seem to get graffiti on Merseyrail.

      Comment by AnonW | December 4, 2021 | Reply

      • Yeah nought wrong with 508’s and i concur with the state of 313’s at the end but Liverpool are spending investing c£200m in trains and infrastructure improvements and the new trains are just sitting in sidings costing money .

        Comment by Nicholas Lewis | December 4, 2021

  2. planning permission granted today Confirms that battery trains will be used.

    Until recently, there were a bunch of 777s in the sidings at Warrington. These have now disappeared, though I’ve seen any announcements on when the 777s might be brought into service. They’ve been on test runs for quite some time.

    Comment by Peter Robins | December 9, 2021 | Reply

    • sorry─ that should have read “not seen any announcements”

      Comment by Peter Robins | December 9, 2021 | Reply

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