£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.
It is forecast that by 2043 the number of passengers travelling at peak time through Lime Street will have doubled. Our station upgrade is vital to create capacity at the station to accommodate more passengers.
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
- 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.