Station - £6million works given green light
has given the green light to start work on a new multi-million
facelift for Sandhills Station. The work, part of
Merseytravel’s continuing plans to improve public transport
facilities in North Liverpool, will begin on site later this year.
The station, one of the most heavily used on the Merseyrail
Electrics network , will benefit from a raft of new improvements
including a new ticket office and booking hall, a unisex disabled
toilet at platform level, a resurfaced platform and a glazed canopy
together with two new fully enclosed waiting rooms to provide better
protection for waiting passengers. The work will also include
upgrading the station lighting, a new CCTV system and improved
access to the station with the construction of a new DDA compliant
ramp and new lift to provide step free access from street level up
to the station platforms.
Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel,
said:- “Sandhills is a key station on the Merseyrail network
and we are hoping work can begin soon. We want passengers to be able
to benefit from these new facilities as quickly as possible.
Our region is undergoing an economic revival and we are determined
that public transport should play a major part in this regeneration
by providing access to jobs and vital community services.”
Major works well underway at St Helens Central Station
THE £6 million
transformation of St Helens Central Station is now well under way
with the twin copper clad “fins” at the entrance now in
place. The new Pilkington’s glass fronted building has been
designed to complement the nearby George Street conservation area.
Architects for the project are SBS of Manchester. A spokesman said:-
”The station has been designed as an iconic gateway into the
town, equally impressive when you approach it by rail or road.
The copper cladding has been specially treated to retain its colour
and was used because it is both extremely resilient and sustainable
having an extremely long life. It also requires little maintenance.”
Funding for the station, which will open in the summer, comes from
Merseytravel, St Helens Together and the ERDF European Objective One
Programme. Northern Rail, St Helen’s Council, and English
Partnerships are also supporting the transformation. The works
are being project managed by Network Rail on behalf of Merseytravel.
When completed, the station will include a new booking and ticket
office, comfortable waiting areas on both platforms, 120 park and
ride spaces, including dedicated bays for blue badge holders, new
lifts, cycle parking, digital CCTV and new customer information