Promise of new railway station at Woodchurch if Metro Mayor re-elected

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram wants to open three new Merseyrail stations by the end of the decade.

In May, people will have the chance to cast their ballot in this year’s Liverpool City Region mayoral elections. In the first policy pledge of his campaign for re-election to a third term, Mr Rotheram has announced his intention to build new stations at Woodchurch in Wirral, Carr Mill in St Helens, and Daresbury in Halton by 2030.

Should the plans go ahead, it would represent each area of the city region having a brand new station under Mr Rotheram’s tenure.

Two new stations have opened on the Merseyrail network in the last six years, with Maghull North opening in 2018. Last year, the £80m Headbolt Lane site welcomed passengers for the first time in Kirkby.

Cllr Paul Stuart, Wirral Council leader, said, “Woodchurch has long been identified as a prime location for a new train station and I am delighted that Steve has announced this addition to our local rail network. This project will support the wider regeneration work in Wirral to further improve access to public transport across the borough.

“Trains provide our residents with a vital transport link to the outside world and it is great to see Steve demonstrate his ambition for our area with an investment that will connect people to jobs, training opportunities and each other for years to come.”

Labour Mayor Mr Rotheram said any “modern, thriving region” is only as good as its public transport. He said, “Since I’ve been Mayor, I’ve worked around the clock to give our region what Londoners get to enjoy every day: a reliable, accessible, affordable and integrated network that helps, rather than hinders people getting about.

“But I know that in some parts of our region, Liverpool can feel as distant and inaccessible as London. I’m working to put that right, bringing local people closer to each other and to the opportunities we’re creating.

“My record is in stark contrast to the Conservatives in government. While they’ve stripped back investment in decent rail infrastructure, such as HS2, I’ve opened two new stations already – with one more under construction and three more about to join them. 

“We’ve bought half a billion pounds worth of brand new trains and are taking back control of the local network too.”

Mr Rotheram added how he would seek to complete the Liverpool Baltic station by 2027 as well as regenerating Moorfields station and upgrading the entrances. Other proposals include plans to deliver a seven-day network with increased timetable provision at weekends and evenings by 2028. 

The Mayoral election will take place on Thursday, 2 May 2024.

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