Council and Merseytravel urged to submit bid for cash for new Town Meadow Station in Wirral

Campaigners for a new railway station between Moreton and Meols are urging Wirral Council and Merseytravel to work together and submit a bid to a new £20 million Government fund for new stations.

The fund, announced by the Rail Minister, Paul Maynard MP, will provide up to 75% of the cost for construction of new stations or to reopen previously closed stations.

Councillor Steve Williams said: “We know from surveys and petitions over the last few years that a new station for the Millhouse and Lingham neighbourhoods in Moreton will help more people to use the rail network, and reduce congestion on some of our busiest roads.

“Until recently, Merseytravel and Wirral Council have always said that a station would be too expensive. With this new pot of money from the Government, the cost to Merseytravel could be just a quarter of previous estimates – making a great investment in the rail network and a big boost to the Moreton community.”

Rail Minister Paul Maynard said: “The new stations fund is a great example of how our record investment in the railways and work with local authorities and industry is delivering better journeys for passengers.

“Through this fund, passengers will benefit from new connections and faster journeys, making it easier to get to work and visit friends and family. It will also provide a major boost for local economies and support the delivery of local housing developments.”

The deadline for bidders for the second round of funding is 18 November 2016 with an announcement of successful projects expected to be made early next year.

Councillor Williams has written to Merseytravel and the Council, urging them to submit a bid for the ‘Town Meadow Station’ by the November deadline.

Read the Wirral Globe report HERE

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