This will be welcome news for those who use the car park. Work on a new car park at St Helens Junction Station has been announced, significantly increasing the number of parking spaces from 66 to 242.
The improved facility will include an increased number of blue badge spaces, better walking routes within the site and upgraded lighting and CCTV coverage. The increased car parking spaces will be provided by expanding into unused railway owned land and re-marking of the current bays.
The £820K scheme, due to begin in October, will be financed through the Government Sustainable Transport Enhancement Package (STEP) and Merseytravel funding and is scheduled for completion by March 2018. The existing car park will remain open during the redevelopment.
Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee which oversees the work of Merseytravel said, “We have wanted to expand the park and ride facility at St Helens Junction which is regularly at full capacity, for some time.
“We are now in the position to do so, which should reduce the amount of on street parking around the station, taking the pressure off local residents and traders, whilst giving the opportunity to more people to park and ride from the station.”
Councillor John Fulham, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Growth, added: “I’d like to thank the three local Sutton councillors who’ve campaigned consistently for this scheme and our partners at the City Region Combined Authority for the funding.
“I know local residents and rail users will welcome this overdue development which will really relieve congestion and benefit the community at large.”
A number of upgrades to stations across the Borough are taking place as part of a modernisation drive by Northern Rail.
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