£340m railway upgrade planned for Liverpool City region21 March 2016
Liverpool City Region train passengers are to benefit from
£340m of rail improvements over the next three years.
- The improvements are part of Network Rail’s Northern Programmes
Network Rail is contributing £229m, and the Liverpool City
Region £111m – much through the Government’s Growth Deal funding – to provide
passengers with faster, more frequent and more reliable train services by 2019.
improvements are part of Network Rail’s Northern Programmes – several billion
pounds’ worth of work included in the company’s £40 billion nationwide Railway
Upgrade Plan, delivered across the five years to 31 March 2019 – and will help
to meet a forecast 100 per cent increase in demand for rail travel across the
region. By 2043 there will be double the number of passengers entering
Liverpool in the morning peak.
The plan is
designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the
tremendous growth the railway has seen.
They will pave the way for
additional services, such as planned new First Transpennine Express services
from Liverpool to Glasgow in 2019, and new services from Liverpool to Chester.
Among the work to take
place, new and longer platforms at Liverpool Lime Street station will
accommodate more services and longer trains. A new station will be built at
Maghull North, while Newton-le-Willows station will be revamped, with improvements
including a new bus interchange and extended car park facilities and a new
booking hall on the south side of the station, with improved access to
facilities via new lifts, subway and stairs.
New sections of railway
will enable improvements to journeys, with frequent new services planned between
Liverpool and Chester – if approved, work is expected to begin in June 2017 and
be completed by May 2018 – and the ambition to extend these into North Wales. New
track between Huyton and Roby will allow faster trains to overtake local
services, completing work undertaken at Huyton in 2014. Tracks on the
underground loop on the Merseyrail network will also be renewed.
Our aim over the next three years is to give the people of Liverpool the high-quality rail services they deserve. With demand for rail travel expected to rise by 100 per cent over the coming years, these improvements are vital for the future growth and prosperity of this great city region.
During this work Liverpool will remain open for business, welcoming visitors to the city as well as providing vital transport links for commuters.
Our focus during any disruption is to take a similar approach to the Commonwealth Games, to ensure that while journeys will be slightly different, that they run smoothly enabling access to the city at all times.
Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail
has been working closely with partners to ensure that robust alternative travel
arrangements are in place while these improvements are carried out.
is the strategic transport advisor to the Liverpool City Region Combined
Authority and project lead for a number of the schemes.
this investment. It’s essential in keeping the Liverpool City Region moving
now, and in the future. Network Rail’s investment is in addition to the funding
we have secured from Government for certain key schemes and also that we’ve
helping deliver the first stage of our 30-year Long Term Rail Strategy,
supporting economic growth by boosting connections and capacity within the City
Region and beyond. We see this as essential incremental improvement ahead of
transformational schemes such as high speed links north-south and east- west to
ensure we fulfil our potential as a key player in the ‘Northern Powerhouse’.
Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel
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works expected as part of the upgrade
•Track signalling and platform upgrades at Liverpool
Lime Street to enable longer trains and more frequent services. Lime Street station is expected
to close for a period in autumn 2017 and again in 2018, where alternative
transport will be provided to passengers.
•The final phase in the ongoing renewal of the railway track on the
Wirral line and underground loop section of the Merseyrail network will take
place between January and June 2017, improving the safety and reliability of
services using the underground, which was built in the 1970s. Where previously
this work has been undertaken piecemeal Network Rail are grouping the remaining
elements together to reduce disruption and complete the works sooner.
•Resignalling work on 16 miles of track between Edge Hill Station in the
north and Winsford in the south will get underway this summer, with work
starting in full in 2017. Signal control will move to the new
state-of-the-art Manchester Rail Operating Centre, as part of Network Rail’s
wider modernisation programme.
It’s a welcome sign of our success and growing economy, with more jobs and businesses, that there is more demand for train services to travel both around the city region and beyond. This investment will mean real improvements for people in every corner of the city region, while we continue to lobby hard for the big transformational investments like HS2 and HS3.
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, and Chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
See the Liverpool City Region’s long-term rail strategy on the Merseytravel website
More information on Liverpool City Region Growth Deal Funding