Merseyrail have released images and a video showing what the long awaited new Baltic station that will be built on site of the old St James station might look like.
A shortlist of three potential new names for the hub has been put to a public vote.
The station will be renamed to avoid any confusion with the existing James Street station in Liverpool city centre.
The three names to choose from are:
- Liverpool Baltic
- Liverpool Parliament Street
- Liverpool Riverside
The original St James station opened in 1874 and was named after the nearby parish church. It closed in 1917 as a cost-cutting measure during the World War I and was never reopened.
Why is the station being built?
Metro mayor Steve Rotheram has pledged to build a station on the site, which will be located in one of the fastest growing areas of the city, near to the former Cains Brewery and Anglican Cathedral.
The area has undergone huge redevelopment in recent years. It is now home to over 350 creative and digital industries, with over 1,000 apartments built since 2012.
A direct connection to the Merseyrail network would support the reduction of car journeys to the area, contributing towards reducing traffic congestion, as well as aspirations to improve air quality across the city region.
The station would be located between Liverpool Central and Brunswick Station on the Northern Line and will include passenger toilets, a cycle hub, step-free access to and between both platforms and a passenger drop-off area outside.
The scheme 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.
The current plans aim for the station to be open in 2025, subject to funding being secured for the construction stage.
What’s been said?
Metro mayor Steve Rotheram said: “This area has been one of the region’s success stories in recent years, transforming itself from a left behind area into a vibrant, thriving place to live work and socialise. We think that this new station helps continue that renaissance.
“It’s exciting to see that we’re now at the stage of looking at designs and renaming this station. It’s a symbolic but hugely significant step in the journey to bringing the station back into use.
“A huge amount of work is going on behind the scenes to ensure this redesign works not just from a transport point of view, but also how it fits into the ongoing regeneration of the area and supports 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 Heath, managing director of Merseyrail, said: “We’re calling on passengers and visitors to get involved in the consultation to name the former St James’ site that’s being brought back to life as a station.
“This new accessible transport hub - in the heart of Liverpool’s city centre - is another fantastic example of the Mayor and the Combined Authority investing in the Merseyrail network for the environmental and economic benefits it brings to the region.”