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Old March 8th, 2014, 05:43 PM   #61
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Old March 9th, 2014, 06:34 PM   #62
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I really like the Merseyrail system. Pretty sure we have one or two ex-Merseyside cars converted to run as part of 314 OHLE powered sets on Cathcart Circle Line services in Glasgow.

Just goes to show what you can do with heavy rail when the local PTE runs it like a Metro. Glasgow really should have implemented a similar sort of branding years ago.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 08:40 PM   #63
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Revamp of subway linking Lime Street stations set to begin
11/04/2014

Work will begin next week to revamp the subway area that links Liverpool Lime Street's main line and underground stations, ahead of a busy summer of events in the Liverpool city region.

The £315,000 upgrade, commissioned and funded by Merseytravel and carried out by Merseyrail, will include full re-tiling of the floor, installation of a new wall and ceiling cladding system, and will be in line with work recently done at other Merseyrail underground stations. Automatic doors at the St John's Lane entrance will also be installed.
The refurbishment is scheduled to be completed before the International Festival for Business in Liverpool, starting in June.

The work on the underpass is the latest in a programme of improvements across the Merseyrail network. A £40 million programme to update all five underground stations has already seen Liverpool Central, James Street and Lime Street refreshed in a joint programme between Merseyrail, Merseytravel and Network Rail. Moorfields and Hamilton Square stations will be upgraded over the next couple of years.

Said Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel:

"When visitors from outside the region travel to Liverpool, one of the first things many will see is Lime Street station and the subway link to the Merseyrail network. We want people coming to the city for a host of high profile events this summer to enjoy their stay from the very start and this will help to give a great first impression."

Maarten Spaargaren, managing director at Merseyrail, added:

"The underpass at Lime Street station doesn't do the network justice, so it’s great that work will soon begin to make it much more attractive. The enhancements will vastly improve the experience of Merseyrail customers travelling through that part of the network."

Future maintenance of the refurbished subway will be split between Liverpool City Council, who own the subway structure, and Merseyrail.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 08:16 PM   #64
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Draft blueprint on long term rail plans to be considered by Merseytravel Committee
29/05/2014

A set of 12 rail priorities have been identified that will help improve links both within the Liverpool City Region and beyond and ensure the network is geared up for a significant increase in passengers and freight over the next 30 years.

This potential package of schemes will form the basis of an update on the Long Term Rail Strategy to the Merseytravel Committee of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority next week (4th June).

Members will be asked to support the progress of the strategy and approve submission of the draft for consideration at the next meeting of the Combined Authority (13th June).

The strategy, developed by Merseytravel, as strategic transport advisor to the Combined Authority, essentially offers a vision of rail over the next 30 years. It will change and adapt to reflect and support the ongoing regeneration of the Liverpool City Region.

The transformation HS2 could bring is reflected in the schemes being taken forward, as are other key programmes already in development such as electrification of the lines between Liverpool and Manchester which will allow for faster journeys.

The scheme areas proposed to be taken forward are:
  • Improving National Passenger and Freight Connections
    Improves Liverpool’s poor level of connectivity with other major cities across the UK
  • Enabling Growth on the Merseyrail Network
    Schemes aimed to improve the operation and performance of the rail services on Merseyrail together with improved passenger facilities
  • Increasing Capacity in Liverpool City Centre
    Addresses the Liverpool Central capacity constraints and the interventions required to get the best benefits from the introduction of HS2 services into Lime Street station
  • Improving Connectivity on the City Line
    Aims to improve the service level and quality services in line with the success of Merseyrail. Includes greater integration with the current Merseyrail operation
  • Facilitating a High Quality Service on the Cheshire Line
    Facilitates a more frequent and higher quality level of service operating on the route between Liverpool and Manchester via Warrington
  • Connecting via Halton Curve
    Improves connectivity of the Liverpool City Region with Cheshire North and South Wales
  • Improving Connections from Chester and Ellesmere Port
    Improves the links between the Merseyrail Wirral Line and Chester to the Crewe HS2 Hub and other national destinations
  • Serving New Development on the Ormskirk – Preston Line
    Enhances the services operating between Ormskirk and Preston, improving links with new developments being undertaken in West Lancashire and South Preston
  • Connecting to Skelmersdale and New Development in Wigan
    Improves connectivity between Liverpool and Skelmersdale and the new developments taking place in Wigan
  • Enhancing the Borderlands Line
    Improving service quality on the Borderlands Line (Bidston-Wrexham)
  • Converting Freight Lines to Passenger Usage
    Facilitating the use of existing and disused freight lines for passenger services to serve new markets, taking into account the needs of the freight operation
  • Selected New Stations
    Responding to new developments, new markets and areas of latent demand
More detail on the schemes will be contained in the final Long Term Rail Strategy report which is scheduled to be brought to the Combined Authority for final approval in September.

Said Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of the Merseytravel Committee of the Combined Authority:

“This is about thinking big and being co-ordinated in the way we grow and develop the rail network so we can ensure we are properly focussed on supporting the growth of the Liverpool City Region economy, not purely for our benefit but as our overall contribution to the UK economy.

“The strategy has been triggered by the transformation HS2 could bring. We need to be ‘HS2 ready’. It’s also a way of bringing together much talked about projects such as the Halton Curve and the enhancement of the Borderlands line from Wrexham to Bidston and giving them a firm footing within this bigger picture.

“It’s essential that we consider how projects work together to improve connectivity and capacity, rather than delivering piecemeal projects in isolation.”
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Interesting list there Dimlys - covering a wide range of different projects but still quite vague at this stage - hopefully the Long Term Rail Strategy will give it more focus.

I think that this might be the best way of addressing the issue of long term development in the City Region given that the schemes will benefit so many different areas rather than being seen as benefitting one area to the detriment of the others.

The sting in the tail is the 30 year time period. People accept that these schemes can't be developed overnight but a lot of them have been around for a long time and we don't want to have to wait till the 2040s to see them delivered.
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Old August 19th, 2014, 09:43 PM   #66
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Official from Network Rail:

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Improving Hamilton Square station in Birkenhead
12 August 2014



Working with Merseyrail and Merseytravel, we're investing £4m in the station as part of our commitment to provide a better railway to meet the demands of an ever increasing number of passengers.

Passengers will benefit from improved platform and tunnel areas which will include:
  • New flooring
  • Brighter lighting
  • Improved passenger information
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Old August 28th, 2014, 02:10 PM   #67
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Liverpool develops 30-year rail plan
28 AUG, 2014

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The Liverpool City Region has worked with Network Rail to draw up a 30-year plan to improve passenger and freight rail links.

The Long Term Rail Strategy outlines 12 high-priority rail projects for the city and surrounding area designed to improve both suburban and intercity rail services.

Schemes include replacing Merseyrail’s fleet for higher capacity vehicles, increasing the frequency of services between Liverpool and London, introducing new direct services to Scotland and South Wales, and upgrading the North Mersey and Bootle branch lines for passenger service.

Other long-term projects could include building new stations at Carr Mill, Ditton, Maghull North, St James, Vauxhall, Town Meadow

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St James was as station, but closed long before Northern Line creation. What would be the cost for reopening?
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Old August 28th, 2014, 10:46 PM   #68
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St James closed in 1917 due to staff shortages during WWI. It won't be cheap to reopen given the depth of the station and the need to provide lifts and escalators to the surface. However, given that there used to be platforms there when three tracks ran through the cutting, providing full width modern platforms should not be a problem.
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Old September 25th, 2014, 01:04 AM   #69
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Hundreds of houses and a new railway station are to be built on land in Maghull after Sefton Council resolved to grant planning permission for the development.

The site, close to Ashworth Hospital, was acquired by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) from the Ministry of Justice in 2013 after plans to build a new prison were scrapped.

The permission covers new railway infrastructure, contributions to local road and motorway junction works and bus infrastructure improvements.

This will enable the construction of about 370 houses and a new railway station and car park.

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The HCA said it was now seeking expressions of interest from contractors and hopes work can start in summer 2015.
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Old October 31st, 2014, 11:34 AM   #70
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Official from Merseytravel:

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The Merseytravel View - London-style powers over bus services
28/10/2014

Merseytravel Chair talks about Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Mary Creagh’s backing for plans to introduce London-style regulated bus services.

Liam Robinson, Merseytravel Chair: “I’m delighted that Mary Creagh MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, has today shown her support to give London-style powers over bus services to local areas in the North and that she recognises the urgency of improving urban bus services.

“Here at Merseytravel we have already had a taste of what devolution can do as we have transformed rail services. Having local control over the Merseyrail network has shown what can be achieved with more powers. It is one of the best performing operators in the country and scores highly for customer satisfaction. Having the power to do more with our buses would be a major step forward”

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Old October 31st, 2014, 04:12 PM   #71
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Is there a map of future Mersey Rail lines?
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Old February 12th, 2015, 04:18 PM   #72
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Walrus rolls out with full Merseyside launch of electronic Saveaway
Published on 10/02/2015

​An electronic version of Saveaway – Merseytravel’s off-peak day ticket for buses, trains and ferries – will be available to buy on a Walrus smart card across the whole of Merseyside from next month (9th March).

Smart Saveaways are replacing the scratch off versions of the ticket which have been around for more than 30 years.

It follows a trial in Wirral which has seen more than 45,000 smart Saveaways sold since their launch at the end of November 2014, already making Merseyside’s smart ticketing scheme one of the most active outside of London

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From Liverpool Echo:

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Hamilton Square station reopens after £4m refurbishment
07:58, 27 March 2015



Hamilton Square station reopened this morning after a £4m redevelopment lasting six months by Network Rail.

The organisation worked with Merseyrail and Merseytravel to plan the upgrade which is the latest in a £40m upgrade of stations in Merseyside.

Feedback from passengers about how they experience the station helped determine the new look and feel as well as the improved signage

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Plus Merseyrail announced closure of Moorfields station for renovation:
http://www.merseyrail.org/seasonal/m...rbishment.aspx



Schedule:
  • Phase 1 – Wirral Line Platform 3
    Closed 13 April to 2 August 2015
  • Phase 2 – Northern Line Platform 2 (towards Sandhills)
    Closed 3 August to 15 November 2015
  • Phase 3 – Northern Line Platform 1 (towards L'pool Central & Hunts Cross)
    Closed 4 January to April 2016

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Hamilton Square station building:
http://www.networkrailmediacentre.co...-redevelopment

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Article about Merseyrail from urbanrail's Robert Schwandl:
http://schwandl.blogspot.de/2015/07/...erseyrail.html
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Is this how a new Liverpool city centre rail station could look?
16:00, 21 JULY 2015


The site of the former St James street train station


Katarina Zatkova's designs








Sabina Silvestrovic's designs


Alex Brown's designs


William Galloway's designs


Chris Flemming's designs


Janet Durkin's designs

Proposals designed for St James - the station Merseytravel is due to study the viability of

Architecture students from the University of Liverpool revealed designs for how a new rail station on the outskirts of Liverpool city centre could look.

Dozens of third year students worked over a 12 week period to come up with a series of unique and innovative proposals for how St James station could look if it was added to Merseyrail’s Northern Line.

Many of the rising architects focused not just on the station itself but the impact that could be made on the surrounding area if the abandoned site near the junction of Park Road and Upper Parliament Street was brought back into use

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Former city planner calls for new Chinatown rail station as Merseytravel commissions study into priority projects
17:48, 30 JULY 2015



Two reports now considering St James while Rod Hutchinson calls for Chinatown station

A study into which new train stations should be Merseytravel’s top priority has been commissioned, potentially setting in motion a course that could dramatically improve access to services across the region.

The study is the latest step in the travel authority’s “Long Term Rail Strategy” and will consider the benefits of building new stations from Kirkby to Liverpool city centre.

It is one of two projects now considering the viability of reopening St James station, on the outskirts of the city centre, and comes as a former Liverpool city planner makes his case for a new station in the heart of Chinatown

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Wirral Line platform at Moorfields Merseyrail to reopen following refurbishment on 2015.08.24

http://www.merseyrail.org/seasonal/m...rbishment.aspx
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Merseytravel puts forward proposal for new trains
2 SEP, 2015

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Merseytravel has produced a long-term rail strategy which recommends introducing a new fleet of trains onto the network from the early 2020s.

The Long Term Rail Strategy (LTRS) suggests that new trains will be needed in the coming years to meet increasing demand and to replace the city’s ageing rolling stock.

On October 1, the Merseytravel Committee will be asked whether or not to approve the £400 million procurement programme

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