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Investment bonanza trained on Parkside

Council leader Barrie Grunewald with Langtree boss John Downes launching the new Parkside development

Council leader Barrie Grunewald with Langtree boss John Downes launching the new Parkside development

A multi-million pound investment to overhaul Newton train station and help boost job prospects at Parkside has been announced.

Council chiefs say the £14.4m government funding is a “crucial element” in plans to transform the former Newton colliery into a regional transport hub employing up to 2,000 workers.

The cash injection will be used to create a park and ride facility at Newton train station, providing links to the Parkside site.

It will also pay for the construction of lifts to carry passengers from the platforms to the bus station at ground level.

Council leader Barrie Grunewald said: “The Parkside project is now firmly underway and we are all committed to make this a success and to deliver much needed jobs for St Helens.

“But it will also open up massive new opportunities for the people of St Helens who either work – or want to work - in Manchester and Liverpool.”

The Parkside scheme, announced last year, is a joint project between housing developers Langtree and the council. With £6m coming from council coffers, officials are confident the current Parkside incarnation will come to fruition, unlike its doomed predecessor.

Almost ten years ago proposals were unveiled to transform the derelict site into a rail freight distribution site.

But those plans faltered due to the turbulent economic conditions and the site has lain dormant ever since. The current plans include creating a road and rail distribution hub.

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