Liverpool Baltic station impression (not the final design)

UK: Mott MacDonald has been appointed as lead designer for the planned Liverpool Baltic station between Liverpool Central and Brunswick on Merseyrail’s Northern Line.

Mott MacDonald has been awarded the contract under Network Rail’s Design Services Framework, and will manage single option development and outline design in preparation for the submission of a planning application and further detailed design. The consultancy will work closely with Liverpool-based Owen Ellis Architects on the 12-month project.

Station facilities will include toilets, a cycle hub, step-free access and a passenger drop-off area.

Opening is planned for 2025, subject to funding being secured for construction.

The station is to be built on the site of the former St James station, which opened in 1874 and closed in 1917 as a cost-cutting measure during World War I and never re-opened.

A different name is to be used for the new station to avoid confusion with James Street station in the city centre, with a public vote selecting Liverpool Baltic (77·7% of the vote) over Liverpool Parliament Street (15·2%) or Liverpool Riverside (7·1%).