The approval of plans for a £13 million railway station in Maghull have been hailed as good news for the local community.
Sefton Council’s decision to green light Merseyside’s first new train station since Liverpool South Parkway in 2006 have been described as a “boost to the local community”.
Councillor Gordon Friel, Merseytravel deputy chair and lead member for rail, says: “It’s great news that the new station development at Maghull North has been given planning approval as it will provide a real boost to the local community.
“It is another example of our Long Term Rail Strategy being put in to practice and will encourage more people to use public transport for both commuting to work and leisure activities.
“We look forward to working with our partners in Network Rail, Merseyrail and Sefton Council when the work to build the station gets underway later this year.”
The new station, which would be built on land off School Lane in the town, will lie between the existing Maghull and Town Green stations on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail’s Northern Line.
The council gave the plans the green light despite previous concerns over the proximity of the proposed station to a residential development as well as a site which has been granted planning permission for 369 new homes.
Work on the station is due to begin on site in August 2017, with the station opening planned for May next year.