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    Just thought I would add some ideas ive been working on (bad cold, so been stuck in...; ))

    The design would see the re-creation of Liverpool Exchange as a new hub and alternative to Lime St. With all the talk of creating new high speed lines across the UK, the design responds to the need for a new district and expansion of the city centre, particularily the commercial district - to the north ideally.

    Utilising a cleared series of spaces from the Former Exchange station site, across Leeds st and Atlantic Boulevard/Costco, the Line would then regenerate the disused waterloo tunnel before meeting existing main lines at edge hill.

    The redevelopment of the Costco site could also open up possible high rise/density developments both commercial and residential/mixed use. This station would also feature direct access to Moorfields, perhaps even the complete removal of the station entrances to a new space within Liverpool Exchange.

    Just some thoughts. The area has been left barron and redundant since its former use as a transport hub and destination, perhaps to reconnect this area is to return it to its previous function? at least as a starting point?














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    Love the images SY, much appreciated.

    Hope u dont mind if I move these to an appropriate section?

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    Nice attempt. But a non-starter for many reasons.

    Ironically, the Beeching axe plans of the early 1960s was a good thing for Liverpool if the 1970s plans were implemented fully instead of being abandoned (some had started like the Wapping Tunnel branches):
    • Reuse of the Wapping tunnel connecting Central to Edge Hill,
    • A branch of the north Liverpool Loop Line (Gateacre, West Derby, etc) into the Liverpool-Manchester line at Broad Green
    • Electrification to St Helens, Skem on line, etc, etc.

    This never occurred because of cut-backs. Nevertheless, even the cut-down version we ended up with, the Merseyrail metro created was a superb system with scope to re-use the abandoned lines, tunnels and stations at a later date.
    • Merseyside was to have only one main line station, Lime St, with Birkenhead Woodside, Liverpool Exchange, Liverpool Central High level and Liverpool Riverside (although a dedicated liner terminal), being demolished. For all in Merseyside to access Lime St main line,
    • A new integrated metro system was to be created merging separate rail lines into one system - Merseyrail. This would entail some tunneling under Liverpool city centre. To link them together.


    The metro would give great benefits all around, not just main line station access. London Underground was created in the 1930s, doing the same, Liverpool's metro/underground was 40 years later.

    The plan was superb and largely worked. Lime St is easily accessed from most of Wirral than what Woodside was. Merseyrail metro brings all into the centre.

    Now if Lime St can't handle future expansion, there are a few ways to improve that:
    1. Take the Merseyrail City Line into Central underground station via the Wapping tunnel (the 1970s plan that was started). Will require much needed electrification to St Helens. This will release a few needed platforms at Lime St for long haul only and local Merseyrail metro being separate, as most metro systems do in large cities.
    2. If the platforms at Lime St require lengthening, that can be done by cutting out more rock at the back of the station.
    3. Lime St has the luxury to park long haul trains at Edge Hill over a mile up the Lime St cutting and trains come into the station when only dropping off or loading passengers.


    Implementing the above would be far cheaper than re-building Exchange, which is splitting the main line access into two separate points. So much flexibility is created using the Wapping tunnel to link the centre underground tunnels to Edge Hill junction. The City Line would be on-line onto the electric Merseyrail. Trains could go from St Helens to West Kirby without any problem if need be. Using overhead wires, and dual-pickup trains, trains can go from Central and along the London main line (WCML Spur), via Edge Hill, Allerton station, etc, and stations re-used for Mesreyrail at Smithdown Rd, etc - all on Merseyrail electric and direct city centre, shopping and business district access.

    The same with the Canada Dock Branch line (LFCs new stadium) using overhead wires and dual power pickup trains. It can enter Central station and beyond (Wirral, back to Kirkdale, etc), increasing the service of Merseyrail, creating economic growth as speculators build around the stations.

    So instead of reusing Exchange:
    1. Branch the Wapping Tunnel into the Northern Line at Central - would be the oldest used underground metro tunnel in the world.
    2. Electrify the City Line to St Helens line to access Central station, this is scheduled to happen, releasing platform space at Lime St main line for trans-Pennine trains.
    3. Electrify the Canada Dock Branch, this is scheduled to happen, getting the line into Central - LFCs stadium and outer suburbs are then served.

    As Lime St can still cope, the first stage should be to bring the inner cities onto Merseyrail to attract investment. Look at:
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    This was started with the constructing of Conway Park in Birkenhead's inner-city district. It should extended further with bringing Liverpool's inner-city districts on-line. Use the metro to greatly assist in regeneration. Property men like metro stations as land values rise around them. Economic growth is created.
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    Hi all,

    thanks for moving the thread, wasnt 100% sure where to stick it.


    Waterways, yes I understand your points and we do need a system that better intergrates the inner city. This was purely created as a possible location for a second main line station, similar to the schemes in the south east that are to spread nationally, for High Speed mainlines.

    My idea was simply to study how to create a new destination for this area of the city. It seems apparent that ever since the removal of Exchange station, the area immediate to the old hall st cluster has struggled to find new meaning.

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    Scouseyuppie, I see where you are coming from. Many points:

    • Liverpool Waters will regenerate the back end of Exchange station.

    • By just re-using a tunnel not far off 200 years old the Merseyrail system is transformed giving great flexibility.

    • Lime St can still have more capacity - just by taking the commuter City Line away and underground - where it should be. This gives great knock-on benefits to Mesreyrail services. And great flexibility in getting the City Line and the Canada Dock Branch meshed properly into Merseyrail electric.

    • Lime St can be lengthened for longer trains- OK expensive rock cutting at the back of the station, but not a show stopper.

    • Trains can park at Edge Hill junction acting as a buffer for Lime St - increasing capacity yet gain.

    Maglev trains has been mentioned at Government level - running one between John Lennon and Manchester Airports along the ship canal wall. The problem is getting a Maglev terminal into Liverpool. The bottom section of the Queensway road tunnel can be used - as it was originally intended. However, only the underwater section was left big enough for trams/trains. Birkenhead announced it was to drop its tram system, so using the lower section was dropped. Some boring would be needed from vent shafts on each side to get trains under the road section - most the tunnel length is big enough.

    Then Maglevs could run up farmland on the Wirral, enter via Bidston, along B'head docks at high level and into the Dock exit of the tunnel and onto an underground station at Lime St - at the end of Queensway.

    Then connections to Merseyrail and Lime St main line.

    Or abandon Queensway for cars altogether and only use Kingsway tunnel. Greater Merseyrail services should eliminate the need for cars travelling between both sides of the river. Queensway can accommodate Maglev and Merseryrail - two Maglev and two Merseyrail lines can run through that tunnel.

    I do appreciate the existing rail tunnel can cope with around 3 to 4 times the existing traffic. However, the usage of the Queensway dock exits can give greater flexibility to Merseyrail accessing districts previously not reached. Using light-rail cars, the Liverpool docks exist can then go elevated, as in London's Docklands. At Birkenhead, Wallasey can be reached on elevated sections running right into Wirral Waters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    Scouseyuppie, I see where you are coming from. Many points:

    • Liverpool Waters will regenerate the back end of Exchange station.

    • By just re-using a tunnel not far off 200 years old the Merseyrail system is transformed giving great flexibility.

    • Lime St can still has more capacity - just by taking commuter City Line away and underground - where it should be. This gives great knock-on benefits to Mesreyrail services. And great flexibility in getting City Line and the Canada Dock Branch meshed properly into Merseyrail electric.

    • Lime St can be lengthened for longer trains- OK expensive rock cutting at the back of the station, but not a show stopper.

    • Trains can park at Edge Hill junction acting as a buffer for Lime St - increasing capacity yet gain.

    Maglev trains has been mentioned at Government level - running one between John Lennon and Manchester Airports along the ship canal wall. The problem is getting a Maglev terminal into Liverpool. The bottom section of the Queensway road tunnel can be used - as it was originally intended. However, only the underwater section was left big enough for trams/trains. Birkenhead announced it was to drop its tram system, so using the lower section was dropped. Some boring would be needed from vent shafts on each side to get trains under the road section - most the tunnel length is big enough.

    Then Maglevs could run up farmland on the Wirral, enter via Bidston, along B'head docks at high level and into the Dock exit of the tunnel and onto an underground station at Lime St - at the end of Queensway.

    Then connections to Merseyrail and Lime St main line.

    Or abandon Queensway for cars altogether and only use Kingsway tunnel. Greater Merseyrail services should eliminate the need for cars travelling between both sides of the river. Queensway can accommodate Maglev and Merseryrail - two Maglev and two Merseyrail lines can run through that tunnel.

    I do appreciate the existing rail tunnel can cope with around 3 to 4 times the existing traffic. However, the usage of the Queensway dock exits can give greater flexibility to Merseyrail accessing districts previously not reached. Using light rail cars, the Liverpool docks exist can then go elevated, as in Docklands. At Birkenhead Wallasey can be reached on elevated sections running right into Wirral Waters too.
    yes, im familiar with the progress of the Maglev, i produced a number of visuals and project ideas for the maglev whilst working for the Liverpool office of a national Architecture firm (i wont name them; ) )

    The maglev i believe is a great concept but there are some glaringly big issues to overcome to use the route they are planning.

    Im interested in the areas that Liverpool waters will not stand in, the areas that I feel might end up with ad-hoc rushed developments in a rush to develop close to the Liverpool waters scheme and thus lead to more issues in an area of the city in need of some TLC.

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