A new high-speed rail station that will connect Liverpool city centre to HS2 and the Northern Powerhouse Rail has had a commission unveiled by Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
The commission comes after the Transport for the North’s Strategic Transport Plan which will connect the Liverpool City Region to HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, however, it was made clear that a new station would be required in order to deal with these changes. The creation of the station commission is believed to bring a once in a lifetime opportunity
There have been calls for the city to be given a new city centre station that can accommodate HS2 trains as well as Northern Powerhouse Trains, as Liverpool Lime Street does not have the capacity or the infrastructure to cope. This new station will open the doors to the city centre of Liverpool, bringing it into modern times as well as bringing both social and economic benefits to not just the city but also the north. If Liverpool is connected to HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, it will reduce journey times, improve capacity and enhance the economy to the tune of £15bn. The aim is to create more than just a station but a transport hub that can be considered a destination on its own while also being something that is architecturally beautiful while offering an array of facilities including leisure, commercial, retail and residential offerings. However, it has been acknowledged that this is a project that will present significant challenges and that is the commission has been created to drive the idea forward.
The commission will call on experts from a number of sectors including transport, business and public sectors while its remit will ensure that all considerations are considered in order to develop the project such as size, functions, location and the position of the station. The commission will be chaired by Denise Barrett-Baxendale who is keen to face the challenges while also understanding just how important it is to create a transport hub that prepares the city for its future.
As the work is taken forward by the commission, the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson has said that now is the time for the government to step up and provide the funding that is required to make it happen.