In January, following some internal damage to the ceiling of Aughton Police Point at Town Green railway station, the police point was closed.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper was concerned at this closure after such a lengthy battle to get the police point reopened a few years ago and sought immediate action to get the work done and restore the police point for the residents of Aughton.
It has since transpired through MP Rosie’s investigations that the damage occurred in January, and on Lancashire Constabulary becoming aware of it, closed the police point.
However, it seems that blurred communication lines meant that this was not ultimately reported to Merseyrail until March -; after Rosie had reported it to both agencies!
Merseyrail then carried out prompt remedial works and have now supplied Lancashire Constabulary with a direct reporting line for any future issues.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“What a mess! Part of the ceiling falls through at Aughton Police Point and it takes two months to report this to Merseyrail.
“Meanwhile, Aughton residents are left without their local police point.
“I’m pleased that there is now a direct communications link between the Police and Merseyrail so this shouldn’t happen again, and more importantly the work has been completed and that the police point is now open again.
“Residents will be delighted to hear that Merseyrail have also indicated that they are formalising a lease agreement with Lancashire Constabulary to secure the future of the police point for the foreseeable future, should the police wish to continue with a presence at Town Green.”
Rosie Cooper MP and Aughton Parish Council previously brokered a deal in 2012 securing the Police Point at Town Green station which was extended in 2015.