Major improvement work has now started at Prescot train station to upgrade facilities and enhance access for local residents and visitors.
The improvements will include a new lift shaft on each platform at the station, a refurbishment of the ticket office, a new disabled toilet and enhanced lighting and signage throughout the station.
The car park will also be resurfaced and will include a dedicated drop-off area as well as new secure cycle parking. In addition, there will be step free access between the car park, the station platforms and directly onto trains themselves. There will also be additional customer information screens, platform seating and a new platform shelter installed.
Connecting to the town centre
These improvements will also help to provide an easier connection between the station and the town centre. It is all part of a wider scheme to enhance Prescot town centre and make it a more attractive place for residents, visitors and local businesses, which includes the public realm improvements along Eccleston Street, the illumination of St. Mary’s Church, the installation of public art and wayfinding signs across the town centre.
Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said:
“I’m delighted that this work has now started. It will bring much needed improvements to the station, making it easier for people to use and providing a warm welcome to visitors to the town.
“We’ve already seen the results of investment in the town centre, with the new paving along Eccleston Street and the lighting at the church, so this will start linking everything together to make Prescot even more attractive. It will also be completed in plenty of time to welcome the thousands of new visitors to the town and the Shakespeare North Playhouse when that opens in 2022.”
The work is directly supported by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority as part of the wider Shakespeare North Rail Interchange scheme.
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region said:
“It’s fantastic to see construction underway on this project. The Combined Authority is proud to support this work helping to revive and improve Prescot town centre, with the upgrade of Prescot train station the next vital step in these plans.
“Once complete, the new interchange will mean better direct transport links both to the town centre and to the new Shakespeare North Playhouse, which will help attract jobs and investment to the area, as well as visitors to the city region.
“Ambitious projects like this are more important than ever as we work to build back better and ensure that, as we recover from the Coronavirus, no part of our city region is left behind.”
The £8m project has been funded through the Local Growth Fund as part of the wider Shakespeare North Rail Interchange scheme. Local Growth Funding is awarded to the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and invested through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund. The Combined Authority is also contributing £10.55m to the construction of the Shakespeare North Playhouse.
Additional funding for the project has also come from the Department for Transport’s Access for All scheme, for lifts and accessibility upgrades, and from Northern Rail for improvements to the station ticket office.
Chris Jackson, Regional Director at Northern said:
“Northern is committed to delivering improvements at our stations and on our trains to give our customers the best possible journey experience.
“It’s great to be working in partnership with Knowsley Council, Liverpool City Region and Merseytravel to deliver such significant benefits for our customers in and around Prescot.”
Input Group has been contracted to carry out the work which started on Monday 1 June and is expected to be complete by spring 2021.
Knowsley Council is working in partnership with Network Rail, Northern Railway, Merseytravel and Seed Architects to deliver this project.