Plans for Earlestown station were revealed following the success of Leveling Up

PLANS for Earlestown railway station have been unveiled as one of the world’s oldest railway stations is set to see improvements.

The historic train station will be renovated and improved as part of the redesign of the city center.

Earlestown recently secured a £20million fund from the government’s Leveling Up fund to boost town center development.

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Key features such as Earlestown’s iconic Town Hall and historic Market Square will be restored and refurbished along with the train station.

Plans are for a full lift to be installed at the station, the triangle area to be cleared and converted into a community park, possibly with allotment gardens and open spaces, and the old station building to be reused as a café and waiting room, as well as a heritage room similar to other stations.

St. Helens Star: The'triangle' area of ​​the station will be transformed into community parklandThe ‘triangle’ area of ​​the station will be transformed into a community parkland (Image: St Helens Borough Council)

Newton-le-Willows East Councilor Seve Gomez-Aspron MBE said: “As in St Helens and Earlestown, this money from the Leveling Up Fund is one of several funding streams we are accessing to help regenerate both town centres.

“For Earlestown, as one of only two railway stations in the UK to be built on a triangle, accessibility has always been an issue for both train users and people coming into Earlestown from Wargrave.

“This should help increase visitor numbers and shoppers downtown, also in combination with the downtown plans.

“This increase in funding, along with the current Access for All offering, will rebuild the lift station to make it fully accessible.

“Earlestown is currently the busiest station on the Liverpool-Manchester line with no disabled access and it’s been a long fight to fix that but we’re finally there.

St. Helens Star: Members of the Department of Leveling Up, Housing and Communities and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy were given a tour of the station by council membersMembers of the Department of Raising, Housing and Communities and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy were shown around the station by councillors (Image: Seve Gomez-Aspron)

“Likewise, as part of LUF’s plans to return it to full use, the historic waiting room, last used in 1980, will provide a welcome warm sanctuary for station users.

“Finally, the landscaping between the platforms in the ‘triangle’ will open up this space to all sorts of more welcoming community uses as an inviting green space.

“Further details and planning applications will be submitted in the near future but this is a huge achievement for our local Earlestown Labor team who have campaigned for this for years.”

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Brian Ashcraft

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