The public invited to vote on the name of the new Liverpool station

The public was asked to vote on the name of a new station in Liverpool.

The new station will be on the site of the former St. James station in Liverpool.

To avoid confusion with the existing James Street station in Liverpool city centre, the new station will have a completely different name to avoid confusion with James Street station and to reflect the modern area in which it will be located.

The original St. James station opened in 1874 and is named after the nearby parish church. It closed in 1917 as a cost-cutting measure during World War I and never reopened.

CGI of the new St James station. 1 credit

CGI images and a video flyover were produced to show what the new station might look like.

They show the basis of the station’s basic design but do not reflect the final finishes and fittings, although they do bring the ticket office, bike storage, escalators and platforms to life, to show what will be the development of the station once it is completed.

You can see the full CGI flyover video below

After initial discussions between the main program partners, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Network Rail, Merseyrail and Liverpool City Council, the following shortlist of potential names has been established:

  • Liverpool Baltic
  • Liverpool Parliament Street
  • Riverside of Liverpool

Public voting is open until 5 p.m. on Friday, February 18 and can be viewed here

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CGI of the new St James station. 1 credit

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has pledged to build a station on the site, which will be located in one of the city’s most vibrant areas, close to the old Cains Brewery and Anglican Cathedral.

The area has undergone a huge redevelopment in recent years, seeing it become home to a wide range of over 350 creative and digital industries, with over 1,000 apartments built since 2012 and plans for at least 3,000 more, at the alongside the various popular creative and leisure facilities that have opened.

The station would be located between Liverpool Central and Brunswick Station on the Northern Line and would include passenger toilets, a cycle centre, step-free access to and between the two platforms and an outside passenger drop-off area .

The program will enter the next stage of design development in the new year. Land has already been purchased to safeguard the site of the new station ticket office building. Current plans are for the station to open in 2025, subject to funding for the construction phase.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of Liverpool City Region, said: “I am ambitious about the future of public transport in our region and the new Liverpool station – alongside another new station at Headbolt Lane in Kirkby – are just the first step towards a wider Merseyrail for all. network. I want our region to have what London has had for years: an affordable, reliable and easy-to-use transport system.

“But I also want local residents to feel like they own our system network. Our new trains are state-owned, as are our new fleet of hydrogen buses, and we are working to gain greater public control over the wider bus network.

“In this context, we would like to know your point of view on what we should call this new station. This area has been one of the region’s success stories in recent years, transforming itself from an overlooked area into a vibrant and thriving place to live, work and socialize. We believe this new station helps to continue this renaissance. »

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CGI of the new St James station. 1 credit

Cllr Sarah Doyle, Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “It is exciting to see that we are now at the stage of reviewing designs and renaming this station. This is a symbolic but extremely important step in the process of bringing the station back into service.

“A huge amount of work is going on behind the scenes to make sure this redesign not only works from a transportation perspective, but also how it fits into the area’s ongoing regeneration and supports the existing residential communities.

“Whatever name the public chooses, it’s safe to say the station will be a real game-changer in more ways than one.”

Andy Heat. Merseyrail Chief Executive, Said “I am pleased that we are able to involve the people of the Liverpool City area in the planning of a new station on the Merseyrail network.

“Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, so it seems fitting that they have the option of choosing the name of the new station.

“The station will be a welcome addition to the area which has seen exponential growth in the creative and hospitality industries, as well as residential developments in recent years. We look forward to serving the people who live, work and socialize there.

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CGI of the new St James station. 1 credit

Phil James, North West Route Manager at Network Rail, said: ‘We are calling on passengers and visitors to get involved in the consultation to name the former site of St James which is being brought back to life in as a station.

“This new accessible transport hub – in the heart of Liverpool city center – is another fantastic example of the Mayor and Combined Authority investing in the Merseyrail network for the environmental and economic benefits it brings to the region.”

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