New video shows how Baltic station could look

New CGIs have given a fresh idea of how a new £100m Merseyrail station in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle will look, ahead of commuters getting to have their say on plans.

Redevelopment of the long unused stop on the edge of the city centre was announced in 2022 with Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram aiming to get passengers on track by 2027. It is hoped work could get underway as early as 2025.

Now commuters are to get their chance to feedback on the proposals in two drop-in events as part of a wide-ranging public consultation on the scheme.

The new station is one of four planned by Mr Rotheram, who has committed to completing the project by the end of 2027 – 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, which will be located on Merseyrail’s Northern Line, will serve the UK’s ‘coolest neighbourhood’ – and the world’s 11th coolest – according to Time Out magazine. The station’s name was chosen by the public in an online vote in 2022 which saw more than three-quarters opt for Liverpool Baltic.

A pair of drop-in sessions will be held for rail users and residents in the coming weeks, beginning at Baltic Creative CIC, Jamaica Street on Tuesday, 16 July, from 11am to 8pm. A second event will take place at FireFit Youth and Community Hub, 115 Upper Warwick Street, Toxteth a week later on 23 July, again from 11am to 8pm.

Information gathered from the public consultation will be used to finalise the designs ahead of the full planning application that will go before Liverpool Council. The public consultation will run until Sunday, 4 August.

Cllr Steve Foulkes, chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee, said, “The Liverpool Baltic station scheme is another fantastic example of the investment we are putting into the city region to deliver Mayor Steve Rotheram’s ambition of a reliable, accessible, affordable and integrated public transport network that helps, rather than hinders people getting around.

“As one of the fastest growing areas of our city region, it is vital that we look to improve transport links and encourage more people to leave behind the car and travel by rail or bus where possible.”

“The feedback we have received to the CGIs so far has been fantastic and I’m sure everyone will be impressed with the flythrough video too. We would encourage anyone interested to take part in our online survey or attend one of the drop-in events to find out more about the scheme and give their views.”

Neil Grabham, Managing Director of Merseyrail, added, “This CGI video is a fantastic way to see just how incredible the new station will be. This new station will be a real asset not just to the Liverpool Baltic area, but to the whole of the city region.

“I would encourage everyone to visit the drop-in events to judge for themselves how the new station will look and work for customers. We’re really proud to be collaborating with our stakeholders in making the Merseyrail network even more integral to the lives of people who live in Liverpool, as well as visitors to our great city region.”

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