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Green Light For New £80m Merseyrail Station

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the Liverpool Echo.

These are the first two paragraphs.

The station was hailed as a key part of the town’s “bright future” tonight as councillors met to consider the proposal at a meeting of Knowsley Council ’s planning committee.

Based at Headbolt lane in the Tower Hill/ Northwood area of Kirkby, the station, which will take around 18 months to build, will become the first in the country to have trains operating by battery power instead of electrified lines on part of the track.

This Google Map shows the location of the station.

And this planning document from Knowsley Council shows the station road layout.

Note.

  1. Kirkby station and Liverpool is to the West.
  2. Wigan is to the East.
  3. There is adequate car parking.

I have also enlarged the area around the station buildings to show the platform layout.

Note.

  1. There are two platforms and tracks towards Liverpool.
  2. There is a single platform towards Wigan.
  3. There appears to be adequate cycle storage and blue badge parking.

In Headbolt Lane Station Fly-Through, I described the new Headbolt Lane station.

This screen capture is from the video in that post.

Note.

  1. Two platforms going away from the camera and one platform and what looks to be a siding going towards the camera.
  2. There appears to be no direct connection between the two different sets of tracks.

From the maps the camera is looking towards Liverpool,so it would mean that Liverpool services had two platforms. But they currently make do with one at Kirkby.

There appears to be no clues about how the station will be modified to serve Skelmersdale.

 

 

 

December 10, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , ,

10 Comments »

  1. Given the platforms remain end on as per Kirby it will be easy enough to just join the two railways together.

    £80m is a lot to spend on one station though.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | December 10, 2021 | Reply

    • There is likely to be a change of electrification here, which probably explains the break.

      The works at Okehampton cost £40 million and Maghull North cost £13 million, but the latter didn’t need much track work. But Maghull North probably had about the same amount of station works as Headbolt Lane will have.

      Maghull North took sixteen months to build, so I’m happy with eighteen months.

      Comment by AnonW | December 10, 2021 | Reply

      • Most of the £40m spent on Okehampton went on track renewals and other infrastructure works.

        Comment by Nicholas Lewis | December 10, 2021

  2. They shouldn’t spend too much on station name signage. When I was growing up it was called Kirby, it them became Cantril Farm, then something I cant remember, and is now Kirkby.

    Comment by Liz Parkinson | December 10, 2021 | Reply

    • Cantrill Farm became Stockbridge Village. Kirkby is not the same place.

      Comment by Ian | December 12, 2021 | Reply

      • Where is Kirkby? Certainly I remember Kirby becoming Cantril Farm, because at school everyone thought it was hilarious, and some of them teased the kids from there. I was from St Helens, and had been brought up that people from Kirby weren’t “nice”. But I met some lovely people from there, at school and other places.

        Comment by Liz Parkinson | December 13, 2021

  3. Kirkby and Cantril Farm are two separate places.
    The station has not received planning permission yet. Although that appears a formality. Only battery-electric trains can reach Headbolt Lane station from Liverpool.

    Comment by John | December 23, 2021 | Reply

  4. The picture above the left hand track with the buffers in the foreground is a reversing siding for the branch into the industrial estate.

    In planning application. Cut and pasted:

    “CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW RAILWAY STATION INCLUDING STATION BUILDING (AND ASSOCIATED PLATFORM WORKS), 270 SPACE CAR PARK, BUS STOPS, CYCLE PARKING ,SUB STATION COMPOUND AND ASSOCIATED LINE SIDE WORKS INCLUDING THE SECTION OF RAIL LINE BETWEEN KIRKBY STATION AND HEADBOLT LANE TO BE TWIN TRACK, BRIDGE WORKS (TO BRIDGES OVER COUNTY ROAD AND SIMONSWOOD BROOK) NEW SIGNALLING, ERECTION OF 1.8M HIGH FENCING TO OPERATIONAL SITE BOUNDARIES, REMOVAL OF REDUNDANT PLATFORM AT KIRKBY STATION, PEDESTRIAN AND ROAD BRIDGE OVER KIRKBY BROOK, RE-GRADING WORKS AND NEW ROAD JUNCTION AT HEADBOLT LANE/ FALLOWFIELD. ”

    Note:
    INCLUDING THE SECTION OF RAIL LINE BETWEEN KIRKBY STATION AND HEADBOLT LANE TO BE TWIN TRACK, BRIDGE WORKS (TO BRIDGES OVER COUNTY ROAD AND SIMONSWOOD BROOK)

    The bridge to the west is single track. This will be a twin track bridge, hence the heavy costs. The widening of the bridge is necessary so trains can move from twin track at the station onto single track to the west.

    Also:
    NCLUDING THE SECTION OF RAIL LINE BETWEEN KIRKBY STATION AND HEADBOLT LANE TO BE TWIN TRACK,

    It is to be TWIN track back to Kirkby station.

    This may indicate that it will be twin track all the way back to Aintree racecourse at some time, which is now single track. The track becomes twin at Aintree. This also means that a new platform will be built at Kirkby at some point.

    It looks like the reason for two Merseyrail platforms at Headbolt Lane is that one train arrives as another departs, or waits a few minutes. The single line through Kirkby station then wont be too much of a problem. The single track back to where it is double tracked at Aintree racecourse runs over a single tracked bridge over the M57. The M57 bridge would probably be very expensive for such a short extension and will have to wait for the full Skelmersdale/Wigan business case.

    The plans show they’re just adding one bridge span over the A506 and reusing the bridge over Simonswood Brook as this bridge is already two tracks wide.

    Once the full Skem line is built one platform will be removed. Giving two seamless full tracks to Skem/Wigan if the business case is there. The siding and buffers for the branch to the industrial estate will remain.

    All this trackbed is two tracks wide and was until the late 70s.

    Comment by John | December 23, 2021 | Reply

  5. The map here shows that the Liverpool City Region and Merseytravel want a Liverpool to Wigan service via Kirkby using battery Class 777 rains. All this is preparing for that when it comes, which looks like being twin track all through to Wigan, with maybe a one track branch into Skelmersdale.

    https://lbndaily.co.uk/battery-breakthrough-will-see-merseyrail-network-extended/

    Comment by John | December 23, 2021 | Reply

  6. If Wigan and Skelmersdale are put onto Merseyrail, then the track will need to be twin all the way to Wigan Wallgate as traffic will increase.

    Planned resignalling on the entire Merseyrail network in late 2020’s. This fits nicely with some of the network expansions, keeping costs down.

    Comment by John | December 23, 2021 | Reply


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