Liverpool’s Lime Street train station is to close this Autumn as it undergoes its biggest upgrade since the 19th century.
Work, to begin at the end of September, will be completed in two phases to allow engineers to remodel and increase the number of station platforms, install overhead line equipment and upgrade track.
This work will enable an extra three services per hour in and out of Lime Street station, including new direct services to Scotland. Longer, better managed platforms will allow bigger trains, with more room for passengers into the station.
With passenger figures expected to double during peak periods by 2043, with up to 40,000 commuters a morning, Network Rail say the upgrade is vital to increase capacity at the station and coincides with a multi-million upgrade to the Lime Street Gateway.
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Phase one will begin on Saturday, 30 September and will run until Sunday, 22 October. In order to complete the first phase of work, there will be changes to journeys through Liverpool Lime Street station.
In many cases, a rail-to-rail option will be available through the Merseyrail network. Where this has not been possible, high-quality buses will be provided with the option of express and local stopping services. To map out your journey view map and dates of rail replacement bus services .
As the Merseyrail network will be serving a large number of people taking diverted mainline services, some changes will need to be made to Merseyrail services across its wider network. These will largely be timetable changes but there will be a small number of rail replacement bus services.
Martin Frobisher, route managing director, Network Rail, said: “Rest assured we have worked meticulously with rail industry and Liverpool City Region colleagues to keep people on the move throughout the Lime Street closure.”
For more information please visit www.merseyrail.org/limestreetupgrade
Did you know?: The Lime Street upgrade is one of 10 major railway upgrades as part of a £340m railway investment in the Liverpool City Region and sits within the wider Great North Rail Project to transform rail travel for customers across the north of England.