My name’s Kayla Bibby, I work for a consulting structural and civil engineers in Liverpool City Centre. I’ve been working on Liverpool Underground for well over a decade now, transport infrastructure is my passion, especially transport infrastructure for Liverpool and how it can be made better. These progressive maps set out my vision for how Liverpool’s Tube & Rail network should be developed over the next 30 years and in what order schemes should be delivered. Each stage of development shows new additions shown in RED.
Not all of the new lines on that map would need to be built from scratch; a lot of them are already there, either existing and in use, or existing and disused; many of which are underground and in excellent condition, others are above ground with all their bridges still intact just sitting there waiting to be used again, for example the Loop Line and the Deva Line from Deeside to Chester through Blacon. Some lines just require electrification to be fully integrated into network.
The most notable new additions to the existing Merseyrail network are:
• A second Mersey rail tunnel crossing between Wallasey and Liverpool linking in with the existing disused Waterloo Tunnel to Edge Hill
• A new rail bridge over the River Dee from Wirral to the North Wales from Heswall to Holywell, connecting the North Wales coast to the regional network, slashing journey times by over 45 minutes
• A new rail bridge over the River Ribble between Banks and Warton, connecting Blackpool and the Fylde Peninsula to Southport and Liverpool, again, slashing journey times by over 45 minutes
• Reinstate the disused line from Poulton-le-Fylde to Fleetwood
• New direct rail links to Liverpool John Lennon Airport, with a new station at the actual airport, something which has been desperately needed for years
• A new Airport Express service from Liverpool Lime Street – Liverpool JLA – Manchester Airport – Manchester Piccadilly ONLY
• Direct rail services between Wrexham and Liverpool Central
• Direct rail services from Liverpool & Chester to a much needed new station at Cheshire Oaks - one of the largest retail outlets in Europe
• Re-quadruple the line between Rock Ferry and Ledsham to enable fast services to run between Liverpool & Chester
• 6 brand new Tube lines under Liverpool & Birkenhead connecting some 1 million+ people and some of the most deprived districts in the country to district centres and Central Liverpool
• I have also proposed several hovercraft ferry services across the Mersey and Liverpool Bay; most notably an airport taxi from Bromborough and Ellesmere Port to Liverpool John Lennon Airport; meaning people who live in South Wirral would be able to get to the Airport in as little as 15 minutes rather than use the Mersey tunnel or the Runcorn Bridge, cutting journey times by at least 45 minutes. The airport hovercraft would also be used as a commuter service for people on both sides of the Mersey working in Vauxhall’s and Jaguar Land Rover.
This City needs real vision, no half measures and I believe this plan represents just that. The trouble with this country nowadays, nothing we build is big enough to cope with the demands of the future, nor grand enough for us to be proud of! Where’s our British pride? We need to have foresight and think what things are going to be like one or two hundred years’ time. Think how many cars are going to be on the road by then? The population of the UK will have hit 100 million and before you know it everything becomes inadequate and operating 200% above the capacity it was designed for. We need to build for our future now and I believe massive transport infrastructure projects like Liverpool Underground are exactly what we need to deliver the kind of real world class transport systems our great cities deserves.
The time of the train is returning; the general cost of living is going through the roof, people can't afford to run their cars anymore. We need the government to provide world class rail services at local level, not limited to just HS2 and HS3. Londoners already enjoy excellent transport around the capital; it's time to provide the rest of the UK's great cities with the same kind of investment and efficient travel the people of London enjoy.
Liverpool Underground's Facebook page has over 1250 likes and counting, the campaign goes on and the more support we have, the bigger our voice and the more politicians and city planners will be forced to listen us and start spending serious money on our infrastructure and make Liverpool Underground a reality.
We want a rail network that provides the best connectivity possible, making the way we travel simpler and smooth. We want faster services connecting us from A to B quickly and efficiently, we want to make use of the ridiculous amount disused lines in our city by bringing them back into service; we want to build new lines to connect the vast amount of people in this City who currently have no access to our rail network; we want to build a network to be proud of that will benefit not only our lives, but the lives of our grandchildren and their grandchildren.
We need to make Liverpool Underground a reality!