Mott MacDonald has been appointed lead designer for Liverpool Baltic, a new railway station located in Toxteth, Liverpool.
The new station will be built on the site of the abandoned St James station.
It will form part of the Merseyrail Northern Line and, alongside another new station at Headbolt Lane in Kirkby, it is the first step towards an extended Merseyrail network.
St James Station, located at the junction of Parliament Street and St James Place, closed in 1917 as part of a cost-cutting exercise during the First World War. The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has confirmed plans to reopen the station in August 2019 and the public has been asked to vote for its new name.
Mott MacDonald station partner David Thomson said “there is a real local need for Liverpool Baltic”.
“Not only by providing better access to the Baltic Triangle, but also by providing residents of Toxteth and surrounding areas with sustainable and affordable transport options to the wider city region,” he said. . “This will open employment opportunities for residents by allowing faster and easier access to urban areas and further revitalize the region, producing positive social outcomes.
It comes after the first proposals for the design of the station were revealed in February.
Appointed as part of Network Rail’s design services, Mott MacDonald will now manage the single-option development and mainline design of the station, with a view to submitting a planning application and a more detailed design.
The consultancy will work closely with Liverpool-based architectural firm Owen Ellis Architects on the design.
Mott MacDonald, Cities Manager for Liverpool City Region, Tom Roberts, said: “Liverpool is a great city to live and work in, and we are proud to be so heavily involved in its regeneration.
“Having first identified the station as a priority in the LCR rail strategy, to develop the economic and demand scenario, and then the wider strategic regeneration framework of the Baltic Triangle, we are delighted to take the design of the station, which will make a positive difference in people’s lives.
This stage of the project should last 12 months.
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