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Liverpool City Region upgrade

Millions being invested in the Liverpool City Region rail network will allow for faster, safer journeys and more services by 2019


£340m is being invested in the Liverpool City Region (LCR) 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 railway upgrade investment is vital.

What will the work deliver?

  • The work will enable three extra services per hour in and out of Lime Street station.
  • It will support better east-west connectivity from Liverpool and beyond.
  • It will enable new services to Chester, and support the development of more routes to North Wales in the future.
  • A new station building and interchange at Newton Le Willows will support its development as a transport hub, and a new station at Maghull will support growth in passenger demand.
  • New signalling across the route will improve the reliability of the network and speed up decision making, which will in turn minimise disruption .

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.

Wirral line renewal

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

Essential works to maintain a safe, reliable network

Between January and June 2017 we will be replacing 1.2km of concrete track on the loop section of the Wirral line and 1.6km of ballasted track under the River Mersey.  The renewal work is part of the £340m 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 to be completed to maintain the safety and reliability of the network. Other maintenance jobs are also 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 metres underground.

Timetable changes 3 January 2017 – 18 June 2017

Phase 1

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.

Phase 2

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 holiday weekends, and the Saturday of the Grand National, they will run to James Street.

Phase 3

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.