AN independent survey commissioned by Merseytravel has revealed overwhelming support for a new railway station in Wirral.

The station, known as Town Meadow, was originally suggested more than 20 years ago.

If opened, it would sit between Meols and Moreton stations and serve the Millhouse Lane area of the town, reducing traffic from the estate to other stations.

The survey, which was discussed by Merseytravel’s Rail Services Committee on Wednesday, showed that there is overwhelming support for the new station.

The committee agreed to work with Moreton residents on making improvements to public transport in the town.

And it also agreed to look at the possibility of setting up Town Meadow Station as well as proposed stations in Beechwood and Woodchurch with a view to making them priorities in the Local Transport Plan.

Moreton councillor Chris Blakeley said: "This keeps Town Meadow Station as one of Merseytravel's priorities. But this is just a small step towards this station being built.

"Make no bones about it, there is still a long way to go, and many hurdles to get over as well as finding the funding, but the result keeps the station firmly on the agenda.

"We know that Merseytravel is currently working with councils across Merseyside to put together plans for improving public transport and bidding for money for our transport plan.

“This survey could not have come at a better time. It demonstrates that a new station would have massive levels of support and would reduce pressure on our roads.

"It certainly has more support than we ever saw for the failed Merseytram that cost Merseytravel £70m."