LIVERPOOL South Parkway station was officially opened on July 14, linking together the former Allerton and Garston stations with an integrated booking office and a bus station offering connections to John Lennon Airport.

Environmental considerations took a high priority, with rain water collection to save 700000litres of mains water a year, a roof made from recycled aluminium, photovoltaic cells incorporated into the structure, and 18 geothermal boreholes which are expected to cut heating costs by up to 60% relative to conventional designs. The main contractor on the £32m project was Edmund Nuttall, with Jefferson Sheard as architect.