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£100m Liverpool Baltic Station Slated to Open a Year Early

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    New Station Expected to Boost Connectivity and Investment

    New images and details have been released concerning the upcoming Liverpool Baltic Merseyrail station, which will better connect central Liverpool with the popular Baltic Triangle district.

    The latest announcement reveals that the £100 million project has now been slated to open to the public by the end of 2027 – a year ahead of its current schedule. The announcement also includes new CGIs, giving a fuller impression of the station’s layout and design.

    It will be situated on the Northern Line running from Southport to Hunts Cross, at the site of the disused St James station that closed in 1917. It was previously confirmed that the station’s name would be changed due to its similarity with James Street station in central Liverpool. ‘Liverpool Baltic’ is the name that won out in a public vote and has been attached to the project since 2022.

    So what details were revealed, and what does this news mean for UK buy-to-let investors interested in Liverpool investment?

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      What Details Do We Know About Liverpool Baltic Station?

      The Baltic Triangle is one of Liverpool’s fastest-growing areas and was touted as the UK’s ‘coolest neighbourhood’ by Time Out. Plans were put forward for a new train station on the Merseyrail network to boost accessibility, allowing seamless access from various parts of Liverpool.

      According to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority website, plans for Liverpool Baltic station include step-free access from street to train, passenger waiting facilities, fully accessible passenger toilets, secured monitored cycle parking and links to an enhanced local active travel network.

      The new battery-powered trains have allowed extensions on the line beyond current boundaries so that the network can reach new communities not currently connected by rail. By improving public transport services, the Combined Authority hopes that more local people will forgo car travel, helping Liverpool reach the Mayor’s net zero target of 2035 – the most ambitious target of any city region in the country.

      Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “There are some unique challenges with the design of the site given that the station platform is subterranean. However, these plans for Liverpool Baltic further demonstrate our ambitions for the future of public transport in our area – a modern, fully accessible network with state-of-the-art infrastructure that unlocks opportunities for people and businesses.

      “Liverpool Baltic is just the first in a pipeline of new stations we will be delivering over the next few years to ensure we are connecting local people to each other and to the opportunities we are creating.”

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      What Next For Liverpool Baltic?

      The new images were published in preparation for a public consultation concerning the new station, which will be taking place in June and July. Within the next few weeks, a virtual reality walkthrough will also be unveiled, allowing members of the public to place themselves within the station.

      Work is planned to begin on-site in 2025.

      Neil Grabham, Managing Director of Merseyrail, said: “These images reveal for the first time the fantastic new Merseyrail station that our customers will be enjoying in the near future. This is an incredibly complex project, but the end result will be something that will make a massive difference – not just to the Liverpool Baltic area, but to the whole of the city region.”

      According to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, hundreds of millions of pounds are set to be invested in creating a ‘London-style integrated transport network’. But how will this affect property investment in the area?

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        Jessica Ferris is a property writer at RWinvest, helping our readers stay ahead of property market trends with the latest news and statistics.