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Plans revealed for £100m Liverpool Baltic station

Plans revealed for £100m Liverpool Baltic station

Liverpool City Region has unveiled images of the new £100 million Liverpool Baltic Station scheme, one of four planned stations. Recently re-elected Liverpool City Region, Mayor Steve Rotheram, has committed to completing the project by the end of 2027 which is a year ahead of its current schedule.

Plans for Liverpool Baltic station include step-free access from street to train, passenger waiting facilities, fully accessible passenger toilets, secured monitored cycle parking and links to an enhanced local active travel network.

The new station is part of Mayor Rotheram’s “Merseyrail for All” commitment to reach communities that are currently not connected to the local rail network by utilising the region’s new pioneering battery-powered technology, which has made it possible to extend the lines beyond current boundaries.

Additionally, there is hope that the new stations will encourage more residents to opt for public transportation over cars, aligning with the Mayor’s ambitious goal to achieve net zero by 2035, the most ambitious target set for a city region in the nation.

Mayor Rotheram has also pledged to build three new stations in Daresbury in Halton, Woodchurch on the Wirral and Carr Mill in St Helens, with work on all three set to begin by the end of the decade, ensuring that every borough in the city region will have a brand-new station since he took office in 2017.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Since I have been Mayor, I have worked around the clock to ensure our area has better connectivity so that people get to enjoy a reliable, accessible, affordable and integrated public transport network that helps, rather than hinders people getting around.

“There are some unique challenges with the design of the site given that the station platform is subterranean. However, these plans for Liverpool Baltic further demonstrate our ambitions for the future of public transport in our area – a modern, fully accessible network with state-of-the-art infrastructure that unlocks opportunities for people and businesses. Liverpool Baltic is just the first in a pipeline of new stations we will be delivering over the next few years to ensure we are connecting local people to each other and to the opportunities we are creating.”

Councillor Nick Small, Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet member for Growth and Economy, said: “The new Liverpool Baltic station has huge potential to help drive the economic growth of this part of the city centre and will act as a vital service for the long-standing residential community. Its development will also complement the Council’s plans to improve the public realm in the area for both residents and visitors alike. The next few years should define the future of the Baltic Triangle for decades to come and these new images and the pending public consultation is an exciting chapter in this unfolding story.”

Maisie Hogan, Network Rail sponsor, commented: “We are pleased to see the CGI images bring the exciting plans for Liverpool Baltic station to life. We welcome the investment in the rail network and we’re delighted to be working with Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and other stakeholders to deliver the design of this project.”

Information gathered from the consultation will be used to finalise the designs ahead of the planning application. Subject to approval, it is expected work will begin on site in 2025, with the station planned for opening by the end of 2027.

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