- Rapid-transit rail line right into the park (a tunnel from Kirkdale exists into the site), shifting half the capacity in an hour.
- Major trunk roads
- Easy access to motorways
- lots of space
- Minimum interference to residents
- Easy to get to fro all fans
- Easy mainline rail connections
- Near GP
The map below
- The red is the proposed recommissioned Outer-Loop line - still with trackbed and bridges intact. This brings on-line: Walton Hall Park, Norris Green, Clubmoor, West Derby, Knotty Ash, Broad Green, Childwall, Gateacre, Woolton & Halewood - eventually. The catchment area of the line is substantial.
- The red star at the top at the end of the red line is Kirkdale station.
- The red star at the bottom of the red line is Hunts X station.
- The red/blue line is the Kirkdale-Rice Lane tunnel.
- The red/blue star at the top is Walton Hall Park where an Everton FC or a shared stadium could be built with a high throughput station. Trains leave the stadium both ways.
- The green dotted line is the existing Northern line that creates a full city loop with the Outer-Loop - trains can just go around the loop, as they partially do on the Wirral Line. Or just around the loop on matchdays to shift fans.
- The pink lines are existing Northern Lines to: Southport, Ormskirk and Kirkby.
- The light blue line is Edge Hill to the west and where it meets the red line is Broad Green. This could be made into a junction, as was planned to be so in the 1970's. That means the north and southern sections of the Outer-Loop can be two separate loops and will run right into Edge Hill junction and onto Lime St, or into Central if the Wapping tunnel is branched into Central. Or down the Waterloo tunnel and onto the Northern
Line at Waterloo Dock. All in the future, but would make the loop quickly accessible to the city centre.
- The light blue star at the bottom is Liverpool South Parkway station with connections to London and Manchester and beyond.
- The rails already bought for collapsed Merseytram scheme are stored in Hull and can be used for the loop offsetting some costs.
Most of the line is in place...Also a point was that stadia should be NOT granted PP unless rapid-transit rail is incorporated in the design - Merseyrail is superb and can alleviate concerned for locals. It can increase attendances.
The rail setup shifts people fast with connections all over Merseyside.
If a shared stadium is on the agenda, then Walton Hall Park is the ideal choice as the fans can be shifted in and out very fast and en-mass. It is cheap to implement as well. It is cheap to implement as most is actually in place. This gives a big bang-for-buck.
Trams were dropped and were a disaster of a plan. Kirkby to Liverpool was 5 minutes faster than the bus. They cannot shift 30,000 per hour. Merseyside has a rapid-transit rail system with connections to mainlines stations, that can shift people fast and in great volume. The answer is there waiting.
The line, the Outer Loop, is existing, as the bridges and trackbed is still there, even a long tunnel right to WHP. Lords has three tunnels under and the plan is to use one or two of them to shift fans right into the stadium. Good thinking. It can be done at WHP and a Merseyrail line to serve the population as well outside match days. The Outer Loop covers districts MerseyTram was to cover - but does it quickly. The existing disused infrastructure is mothballed. Cost is cheap as most is still intact. MerseyTram lines were bought and stored in Hull, and can be used.
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The proposal is a complete rail loop.
The prime point is that the city should not give planning permission to any large venue unless high throughput rapid-transit rail links are a part of the design, able to shift half of the capacity in one hour. Liverpool has a comprehensive rapid-transit rail network, which has increased in size over the past 20 years and it should be used to the full. Not to incorporate this rapid-transit network is totally foolish. Everyone gains, especially the fans and football club.
It should be, if no rapid-transit rail link, no stadium. If it is there they should be forced to use it.
Below: if the disused lines on Merseyside are used this is what you get:
Put a stadium on one of these fast lines and the fans will flock in.
Edited by New Stadium, 21 Oct 2009 - 18:16.