Warrington West Station

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It was agreed during November's Executive Board meeting to build Warrington West with Balfour Beatty appointed as the contractor and they have now started preliminary works on site. The site compound and offices have been set up, as have haul roads across the site and the drainage works are also progressing well.

During construction it will be necessary to undertake some overnight working, and on some occasions 54 hour closures (blockades) of the railway line to enable work to progress safely. We'll inform you in advance of the works and our contractor will work to minimise any disturbance. There are also likely to be road and lane closures mainly affecting Sycamore Lane during the construction period which we'll advertise in advance and put diversions in place if necessary. 

We will be consulting with local residents regarding potential road orders to prevent overspill parking in May. 

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Key dates

  • Executive approval/ Contract award - November 2017
  • Start Enabling Works/ Site set up - December 2017
  • Commence construction - January 2018
  • Rail blockades to be confirmed – the first date is likely to be towards the end of June 2018
  • Road closure:
    • Sycamore Lane - from mid May (end date to be confirmed once blockade dates confirmed)
  • Opening of temporary footpath from Skelton’s Bridge alongside the apartments to Oklahoma Boulevard – March 2018
  • Construction completion - spring 2019
  • Station opening - as soon as possible following construction

Planning Approval

The scheme was heard at Planning Committee on 19 July 2017 where the planning application was unanimously approved.

Consultation events

We  recently hosted two drop-in events for local residents before and after Christmas, where we answered your concerns and explained how we'll keep you informed throughout the construction period.

From both events it seemed that there were two key reoccurring issues:

  • Construction noise, particularly night time noise from railway works
  • On-street parking issues when the station opens

In response we explained that the contractor would be employing a number of measures to manage the noise impact, which were;

  • the use of the acoustic barriers to the north and south of the railway line
  • noisy works to be undertaken during the day where possible
  • use of the correct machinery with noise blankets etc
  • solar lighting ( to avoid use of generators)
  • general consideration for neighbouring properties, i.e. not banging car doors, general shouting etc. It was agreed that this would be included in the site induction for labourer’s/staff
  • giving notice of night working a week in advance

We also confirmed that we'd be commencing further consultation with residents later this year regarding potential parking issues. 

Background and consultation

We've collected all the feedback from our spring 2017 consultation and produced a 'You said, We did' document [pdf].

What do the plans include now?

The key elements of the new station are:

  • High quality station building which echoes local history with a building design based on an 'aircraft hanger’.
  • A staffed station to improve customer service and promote safety and security. 
  • Three trains per hour will stop at the station, one limited stop and two stoppers.
  • High quality, easy access for cyclists and pedestrian station users.
  • Safe, secure and convenient cycle parking.
  • Good interchange with current and future bus services. 
  • Space for drop off and taxis.  A large, secure pay and display car park with approximately 250 spaces including CCTV and lighting.

When will the station open?

We're anticipating works to be completed in late spring 2019 with the station being open to the public following approval from the Office of Road and Rail.

If you require any further information, please contact us via email to wws@warrington.gov.uk