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Byline: JESS MOLYNEUX ECHO Reporter @Jess_Mol

Email us at A NEW station in Kirkby will hopefully "bring the town back up to how it used to be," say residents.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram chaired a meeting of the city region combined authority where PS172.5m investment in rail, ferry, bus and cycling infrastructure was agreed last Friday.

Included in the plans are two new Merseyrail stations, one on Headbolt Lane, in Kirkby, and one in Liverpool's Baltic Triangle.

Kirkby currently has a railway station off Whitefield Drive, not too far from the town centre. Following the announcement, people in Kirkby said they were pleased with the investment and hope it will help build the town "back up to the way it used to be."

Susan Pritchard, 63, said: "We need something in Kirkby, besides all the shops, [the station] would bring people back to Kirkby.

"It's got to be a good thing for us, anything is a help, isn't it? "To help the economy and bring it to us and build us back up to the way it used to be. I think it would be ideal."

Alison and Ray Lee said the investment was needed and very important for the area.

Ray, 61, originally from south-west London, said: "I think it's important for the people of Kirkby. As you can tell, I'm not a local, but I look around and I think to myself they've got a lot here that they can invest in and can make it better for people.

"I think transport is obviously the major thing, as far as I'm concerned, the major hub for everyone to get to work and enjoy their lives,which is always better for everyone.

"It's very, very important." Alison, 59, said: "We need investment here.

"I grew up in Kirkby and moved down south, so for me anything to link up with other areas is actually great."

Your views Email us " Meanwhile, Mark Rutherford, 56, said he spends a lo of time in Kirkby because he has friends in the area.

He said: "I think it would be good. "It would be good for everyone involved and getting people to work on time."

There are 18 projects set to be progressed using the PS172.5m, which aims to make the region's transport network more environmentally sustainable.

Each project, though, will have to go through further assessments and potentially have to receive further funding in order to be officially approved.

at The money will be spent over the next five financial years.

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Mark Rutherford, 56 - spends a lot of time in Kirkby

Susan Pritchard, 63, from Kirkby

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 11, 2019
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