Liverpool South Parkway is one of the flagship stations for Merseyrail. The station has a large park and ride facility with integrated transport links to the Liverpool City Region and Liverpool John Lennon Airport. From Liverpool South Parkway, an individual can travel to other cities such as Norwich, Runcorn, Birmingham, Crewe, Sheffield and Nottingham.
Designed as an interchange station, Liverpool South Parkway consists of an eco-friendly building that has a sloping roof to collect rainwater. It also has a wall that’s fitted with solar panels to contribute renewable energy towards the building’s needs. These notable environmentally-friendly features have seen Liverpool South Parkway win awards for its building and design techniques. It was named a national champion at the Green Apple Awards in the transport and freight category.
John Hiscocks, a design director with over 30 years of experience, was among the team that worked on the Liverpool South Parkway development. The work included significantly enlarging the existing station, constructing new platforms and other features such as a concourse, pick-up area and parking. This project was won and designed by EGS Architects who were taken over by Jefferson Sheard, where Mr. Hiscocks became the Regional Director.
Speaking at the opening of the new transport hub, then Merseytravel Chief Executive Neil Scales – who also doubled as an engineer on the project – noted the station’s unique and pioneering features represented new forms of sustainability in the transport sector. On behalf of the team, he was proud of what had been accomplished at Liverpool South Parkway and hoped the standards set by the project would be emulated in other places within the transport ministry.
Liverpool South Parkway’s main line platforms are located on the former Allerton station, which shut down in 2005 to accommodate the building of the new station. The platforms on the Northern Line are all unique, replacing a station that was previously at Garston. The car park, bus station and concourse are built on land that belonged to South Liverpool Football Club.
Travellers seeking to access Liverpool John Lennon Airport use the high-frequency shuttle buses. The Northern line services use the station, offering half-hourly services to locations such as Lime Street and Manchester Oxford Road . In the beginning, a few long-distance services included Liverpool South Parkway, but this has gradually changed. By the end of 2008, the East Midlands train service began using the station, and the Birmingham service doubled its frequency. In late 2010, the First TransPennine Express service added the station on its route from Liverpool to York and Scarborough.
By early 2017, Liverpool South Parkway was a temporary base for national trains while Lime Street was undergoing refurbishment after a landslide.
Liverpool South Parkway has six platforms: four that serve the West Coast Main Line and two for the Northern Line. There’s also a bus station, a taxi rank, café, passenger lounge and car park.
The rainwater that’s captured as a result of the building’s roof design is estimated to be about 700,000 litres – water that’s used for cleaning, washing and use in the toilet facilities. The timber used was certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, with the roof made from recycled aluminium. The automatic doors at the bus stances only open when a bus arrives, helping to retain heat and also serving as a safety measure.
Merseytravel, the company that owns the Liverpool South Parkway station, has always been open to improving the train service by working with other train operators. The company has always sought a Virgin service from the station, but this would also require platform extensions. Other proposals on the table include adding a high-speed service to Liverpool and opening up services to North Wales and Chester.