The chief executive of Everton Football Club will chair a commission set up to develop plans for a new £6bn railway station in Liverpool.
The station will connect rail services to High Speed 2 (HS2) and the Northern Powerhouse Rail network.
The commission will submit ideas on the size, functions, location and orientation of the station to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
The combined authority will then propose its plans for developing the station in Liverpool’s city centre. The project is estimated to last for 10 years.
Everton FC chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale will chair the commission, which will bring together respresentatives from transport, business and the public sector.
Metro mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram said: “What we envisage is more than just a station and a world-class transport hub, it has the potential to be a destination in its own right, architecturally stunning and featuring leisure and recreation facilities, commercial, retail, high-quality office accommodation, residential facilities and much more.
“It will provide a world-class welcome to a world-class city region and will bring hugely significant social and economic benefits for the city region and the whole of the North.
“But of course bringing this kind of infrastructure project to fruition will be enormously challenging, and that is why I have created this commission, to take forward the work required.”
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson added: “We know we will need a new station in Liverpool, with all the major new benefits and opportunities that will bring, because government, and Transport for the North, have accepted the economic case for HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail to connect to our city.
“We now need the government to put its money where its mouth is and commit to funding the project, while the commission takes forward the exciting work of making it happen.”
It has been estimated that connecting the station to Northern Powerhouse Rail and HS2 will reduce journey times between Liverpool and Manchester to around 23 minutes and journey times between Liverpool and London to around 89 minutes.
In addition, the new station is expected to deliver a £15bn economic boost to the Liverpool city region, creating 24,000 new jobs, leading to construction of 11,000 new homes and attracting 3.6M additional visitors a year.
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