Knowsley Council has granted planning permission for a new station scheduled to open by spring 2023.
The new station plans include:
- Step-free access throughout the station
- A bus interchange
- Cycle parking
- Links to local cycling and walking networks
- Passenger waiting facilities and toilets
- Approximately 300 park and ride spaces
The full scheme includes the extension of the Merseyrail network beyond the existing Kirkby station and will see Merseyrail services run into the new station.
Northern services from Wigan and Manchester will also operate to and from the new three-platform station.
It will be the first station to benefit from battery technology on the new trains for the Merseyrail network, removing the need to extend the third rail beyond the existing Kirkby station.
The scheme is also designed to support future plans to build a new rail link to Skelmersdale, on which the combined authority is working closely with Lancashire County Council, West Lancashire Borough Council and Network Rail to support.
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