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Headbolt Lane station update

by Jonathan Kearney

Network Rail will be installing a temporary lane closure on Headbolt Lane in Kirkby to enable work to continue on the new railway station.

The lane closures will enable Network Rail to deliver materials to the construction site during the day, rather than making overnight deliveries by rail that would potentially cause disturbance to residents at night.

A lane closure between Southcroft Drive and Langton Road, heading towards County Road, will take place between 9.30am and 3.30pm on the following days:
• Thursday 2 February
• Friday 3 February
• Monday 6 February to Friday 10 February
• Monday 20 February
• Tuesday 21 February

During the lane closures, there will be temporary traffic lights to manage the flow of traffic.

Headbolt Lane will also be closed between 6pm and midnight on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 February while highways enabling works are completed to support the new station.

A bus replacement service between Rainford and Kirkby Stations will be in operation between Monday 13 February and Friday 17 February while works are undertaken on the new station.

Night works
Network Rail has confirmed that some materials need to be transported by rail rather than road and therefore it will be necessary to run one engineering train overnight on the following dates and between the following times:
Tuesday 14 February – 8.30pm until 5.30am
Wednesday 22 February – 8.30pm until 5.30am
Saturday 18 March – 8.30pm until 10am

Should you have any concerns or questions about the forthcoming works, you can contact Network Rail on 03457 11 41 41.

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is delivering the £80m Headbolt Lane Rail Station project, in partnership with Knowsley Council, Network Rail, Merseyrail, and Northern Rail.

The new Station is scheduled to open during the summer of 2023. It will extend the Merseyrail network, which currently terminates at Kirkby, to a new location off Headbolt Lane. This will improve transport links for the Northwood and Tower Hill areas of Kirkby as well as for Knowsley Business Park.

Northern Rail services from Manchester and Wigan will operate to and from the new three-platform Station at Headbolt Lane, which is also designed to support any future plans to build a new rail link to Skelmersdale.

You can find out more about the new Station in our Frequently Asked Questions.