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Millions is being invested in the railway network in the Liverpool City Region (LCR) that will allow for faster, safer and more services by 2019.
£340m is being invested in the Liverpool City Region between now and 2019 to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers.
With passenger figures expected to double during peak periods by 2043 - from 20,200 currently travelling between 7-9am to 40,400 in 2043 - the Liverpool City Region (LCR) railway upgrade investment is vital.
What will the work deliver?
A better railway will boost connectivity and improve capacity within the city region and beyond.
During this work Liverpool will remain open for business, welcoming visitors to the city as well as providing vital transport links for commuters.
The work is being completed in three phases (see below) and we've been working
closely with partners Merseytravel and Merseyrail to ensure that there
is a robust alternative transportation plan in place during the closure
periods. You can find out more information about the project and alternative travel on the Merseyrail website. and in the leaflet below.
Wirral loop line track renewal leaflet
Between January and June 2017 we will be replacing 1.2km of concreate track on the loop section of the Wirral line and 1.6km of ballasted track under the River Mersey. The work is part of the £340 million investment in the railway of the Liverpool City Region. Work to this section has not been undertaken since the 1970s and it is time for this renewal work to be completed to maintain the safety and reliability of the network. Other maintenance jobs are being completed during this blockade to minimise the chances of further disruption in the future. This is a very challenging project as teams will be working in a narrow tunnel more than 40 meters underground.
From Tuesday 3 January 2017 till Sunday 12 February 2017, there will be no Wirral line trains beyond Birkenhead Central and Birkenhead North towards Liverpool.
From Monday 13 February 2017 till Monday 29 May 2017, Wirral line trains will run as far as James Street on weekdays. At the weekends, trains will run only as far as Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central, as in phase 1. However, on bank holidays weekends, and the Saturday of the Grand National, they will run to James Street.
From Tuesday 30 May 2017 till Sunday 18 June 2017, there will again be no Wirral line trains beyond Birkenhead Central and Birkenhead North towards Liverpool.