Upgrade work at Prescot Railway Station completed

A special event to mark the completion of a major improvement works programme to upgrade facilities and improve access at Prescot railway station has recently taken place.

The work started in June 2020 and continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Representatives from key stakeholders including Knowsley Council, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Northern, Network Rail, Seed Architects and The Input Group gathered to watch Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram unveil a commemorative plaque alongside Cllr Graham Morgan, the leader of Knowsley Council officially launching the new look station.

The station now boasts a new lift shaft on each platform, a modern refurbished ticket office, new fully accessible toilet facilities and enhanced lighting and signage throughout the station.

The car park has also been remodelled to include a dedicated drop-off area as well as new secure cycle parking and it has been fully resurfaced. These upgrades have made the station fully accessible with step free access between the car park, the station platforms and station facilities.

Customers will also find new information screens, platform seating and a new platform shelter. In addition, Bridge Road, outside of the station has also been fully resurfaced.

As well as creating a warmer welcome to the railway station and the town itself, these improvements will also help to provide an easier connection between the station and Prescot town centre.

Alongside the railway station improvements, there has also been a major upgrade of the public realm along Eccleston Street, new illumination at St Mary’s Church and new bespoke wayfinding signs installed across the town centre. Bespoke gateway artworks were also installed at the main entries and exits to the town earlier this month.

Prescot has also been selected as a High Street Heritage Action Zone, which will see major investment from Knowsley Council and Historic England to repair and restore historic buildings and space in the town centre.

The work is directly supported by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority as part of the wider Shakespeare North Rail Interchange Prescot scheme.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “I was first elected on a pledge to leave no area behind and I’m really proud of everything we’ve done to help get Prescot on the up again. Between the £10m we’ve invested in Shakespeare North and £8m in additional public realm improvements, including upgrades at the station and are already seeing real progress, with Combined Authority and Knowsley Council funding acting as a catalyst for further regeneration.

“Giving people a proper, decent alternative to the car for getting about is vital in doing our bit to tackle climate change. It’s why I’m so committed to building an integrated London-style transport system that makes it quick, cheap and easy for people to get about, whether they’re on their bike, the bus or the train.

“It’s always fantastic to be here because it means that all of our hard work and investment has paid off. I’m sure Prescot will only be seeing more and more visitors in the coming years so I hope they’ll appreciate all of these upgrades!”

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