Developer Sellar Property is in talks with Network Rail for a landmark redevelopment at London’s Liverpool Street Station.
The proposed major project is at an early stage of development although an indicative construction cost has been put at £1.5bn, according to initial estimates seen by the Enquirer.
The project would be Sellar’s third major station scheme in the Capital following the Shard at London Bridge Station and the Paddington Square project at the Great Western terminus.
Liverpool Street is the third busiest station in the UK and has significant overcrowding problems which Network Rail Infrastructure is keen to tackle.
It wants to improve access and passenger flow at the station to allow for future passenger growth, while freeing Sellar to bring forward office, retail and hotel plans around the southern and south east entrances.
Seller holds exclusive development rights over the Andaz hotel, which would form part of the major redevelopment scheme, while Network Rail owns the Victorian 50 Liverpool Street Building, which would be demolished to improve station access.
The proposed redevelopment plan would also involve construction of a new two-level station concourse with greatly increased circulation space, construction of a new hotel and a major office building and associated ancillary facilities.
Network Rail and Sellar are now in formal talks with view to entering into a development agreement by 2023.
Enabling works will start in the New Year on the proposed new £80m Merseyrail train station on Headbolt Lane in Kirkby.
Knowsley Council has granted planning permission for a new station which is planned to open by Spring 2023.
The scheme is being delivered by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority in partnership with Knowsley Council, Network Rail, Merseyrail and Northern.
The new station plans include:
Step-free access throughout the stationA bus interchangeCycle parkingLinks to local cycling and walking networksPassenger waiting facilities and toiletsApproximately 300 park and ride spaces
The full scheme includes the extension of the Merseyrail network beyond the existing Kirkby station and will see Merseyrail services run into the new station.
Northern services from Wigan and Manchester will also operate to and from the new three-platform station.
It will be the first station to benefit from battery technology on the new trains for the Merseyrail network, removing the need to extend the third rail beyond the existing Kirkby station.
The scheme is also designed to support future plans to build a new rail link to Skelmersdale, on which the Combined Authority is working closely with Lancashire County Council, West Lancashire Borough Council and Network Rail to support.
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