Enabling works will commence on the proposed new train station on Headbolt Lane in Kirkby.
The proposed new station at Headbolt Lane will improve connectivity for a large number of residents to places of education, jobs, and training – thereby supporting Kirkby’s growing population. The new station will also attract investment into the area from developers and businesses, as well as improving opportunities for the existing residents who live in the locality.
The new station plans include proposals for around 300 park and ride spaces and a bus interchange with step-free access throughout the station.
The full scheme includes the extension of the Merseyrail network beyond the existing Kirkby station. It would also mean that residents in the Northwood and Tower Hill areas of the town would be even closer to services on the Merseyrail network.
The enabling works will take place in relation to the highway ahead of any construction work commencing on the railway station and will include:-
- undertaking landscaping and habitat works in adjacent public open spaces
- closing off the existing subway under Headbolt Lane and replace this with a signalised crossing so that pedestrians and cyclists can access the station
- constructing a segregated footway/cycleway from the Langton Road estate to Bank Lane in order to improve sustainable travel accessibility to the station
- installing traffic calming measures on Headbolt Lane (adjacent to Eastcroft Park Primary School)
The enabling works are scheduled to commence on Summer 2021, with the main construction work for the new station anticipated to start in Autumn 2021.
The works are being funded via Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Transforming Cities Fund following a successful bid by Knowsley Council.