Liverpool City Region upgrade

£340m is being invested in the railway in the Liverpool City Region

Upgrades to Liverpool Lime Street, the Halton Curve project and new Maghull North station are a few of the vital schemes that form part of a £340m railway investment in the Liverpool City Region. This work also sits within the wider Great North Rail Project to transform rail travel for customers across the north of England.

Liverpool Lime Street

Liverpool Lime Street station is undergoing a major transformation – its biggest upgrade since the 19th Century. The second and final main phase of the upgrade is currently underway (2 June – 29 July).

Upgrades to platforms, track and signalling equipment will enable faster, more frequent and more reliable train services in and out of Merseyside’s key transport hub. This includes an extra three services in and out of the station every hour, with new direct services to Scotland. Remodelling and rebuilding station platforms will provide longer, straighter, safer platforms capable of accommodating longer trains and more passengers, more safely.

This capacity boost, also delivered by a wholesale signalling upgrade, is essential for the forecast growth in peak-time travellers through the station over the coming years.

Plan ahead

Network Rail, the train operators and Liverpool City Region have worked together for the past two years to try and keep passengers on the move and ensure Liverpool very much remains open for business.

As was proved successful last year, many mainline services (to/from destinations such as Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport, London, Nottingham, Runcorn, Birmingham and Crewe) will start and terminate at Liverpool South Parkway station. From here passengers can easily pick up the Merseyrail network to/from the city centre.

Where rail replacement buses are needed on the network, we will ensure that they are of high quality and offer express and stopping options.

Advice is given below on how to complete your journey during Lime Street’s major upgrade (2 June – 29 July 2018).*

*Please note that due to the introduction of an interim timetable change for Northern services from Monday 4 June, some passengers may see a reduction in train services on their route. It will be important to check journey times throughout the upgrade at National Rail Enquiries

Travel advice

  • The Liverpool City Region remains open for business with plenty of alternative transport options in place to keep passengers moving.
  • Plan ahead and allow more time for journeys.
  • Stick to public transport wherever possible to help keep the City Region moving.
  • There will be lots of additional staff on hand to help at key interchanges.
  • When purchasing tickets please select ‘Liverpool all stations’ to ensure your ticket includes any connecting services.
More information on Phase One, Christmas 2017 and Sunday 8 April upgrades

Phase One  (30 September - 22 October 2017)

All lines into Liverpool Lime Street station fully reopened on Monday 23 October following a complex 23-day upgrade (30 September – 22 October) as part of Phase One of its major transformation. Engineers replaced almost 2,000m of track, redesigned and lengthened platforms and built two new ones (platforms 7 and 8) all of which will help provide passengers with more seats on more trains in and out of the city. A modern signalling system - which will improve reliability and provide passengers with a better service - was installed during the first nine days of the work. This allowed trains to run in and out of platforms 1 and 2 for the majority of the upgrade.

Christmas 2017 (25 - 27 December)

Over the festive period new platform 8, which was built this year, was commissioned and opened to the public on Thursday 28 December. Current platform 8 reopened as the new platform 9, while existing platforms 6 and 9 were temporarily taken out of use to allow engineers to remodel them while the station is open in 2018. Further signalling upgrades and overhead line equipment installation were also completed.

Sunday 8 April 2018

Platform 6 reopened to passengers on Monday 10 April after extensive realignment and remodelling work to widen it to more than double its original width.   Platform 4 has been taken out of use to complete similar work to remodel and widen the platform - creating vital capacity to make room for more passengers. Upgrades to overhead line equipment were also completed during the Sunday upgrade.


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