New images show how £100m Liverpool Baltic station could look

New images have been released showing what the latest Merseyrail station could look like in two years time.

Development of the £100m Liverpool Baltic station was announced in 2022 with Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram aiming to get passengers on track by 2027. A slate of new designs have now been unveiled ahead of a public consultation on the scheme.

It is hoped work could get underway as early as 2025.

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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.

As part of the public consultation, a new virtual reality (VR) walkthrough will allow members of the public to place themselves within the station and view its facilities and points of interest.

The new station is part of Mayor Rotheram’s “Merseyrail for All” commitment to reach communities that are currently not connected to the local rail network by utilising the region’s new pioneering battery powered technology, which has made it possible to extend the lines beyond current boundaries.

Metro Mayor Rotheram said: “Since I have been Mayor, I have worked around the clock to ensure our area has better connectivity so that people get to enjoy a reliable, accessible, affordable and integrated public transport network that helps, rather than hinders people getting around. There are some unique challenges with the design of the site given that the station platform is subterranean.

“However, these plans for Liverpool Baltic further demonstrate our ambitions for the future of public transport in our area – a modern, fully accessible network with state-of-the-art infrastructure that unlocks opportunities for people and businesses. Liverpool Baltic is just the first in a pipeline of new stations we will be delivering over the next few years to ensure we are connecting local people to each other and to the opportunities we are creating.”

The engagement period will begin on June 3, closing on July 26, with those interested invited to submit their views via an online survey, drop-in events or post.

The opening date for the new station has been a bone of contention of late. In January Tony Killen, combined authority rail development advisor, told the organisation’s overview and scrutiny committee how an opening date of March 2028 was likely to be the earliest point passengers can expect.

Mr Rotheram was bullish in the face of that assessment. Speaking to the ECHO earlier this year, he said: “Thankfully staff and officers don’t decide what happens in the Liverpool City Region, it’s the directly elected Mayor and that happens to be me at the moment and I’ll be the one who decides on that.

“I’ll take advice, I always do about the difficulties and the challenges we face but I have to press ahead as quickly as possible, given all the considerations around safety, that we do this as soon as we possibly can and that means the passengers will see services as soon as it’s feasibly possible to do that, not what officers want it to be.”

Neil Grabham, managing director of Merseyrail, said: “These images reveal for the first time the fantastic new Merseyrail station that our customers will be enjoying in the near future. This is an incredibly complex project, but the end result will be something that will make a massive difference - 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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