Liverpool City Region upgrade

We’ll keep Liverpool moving during Liverpool Lime Street works this autumn

Liverpool Lime Street station is receiving its biggest upgrade since the 19th century. Work will be completed in two phases to allow engineers to remodel and increase the number of station platforms, install overhead line equipment and upgrade track.

Liverpool Lime Street station

This work will enable an extra three services per hour in and out of Lime Street station, including new direct services to Scotland. Longer, better managed platforms will allow bigger trains, with more room for passengers into the station.

With passenger figures expected to double during peak periods by 2043 (see our Regional Urban Market Study) this work is vital to increase capacity at the station.

Phase one: 30 September – 22 October 2017

In order to complete the first phase of work, there will be changes to journeys through Liverpool Lime Street station. We have a robust transport plan in place, so you can still get from A to B, just with a couple of simple changes to your journey.

In many cases, a rail-to-rail option will be available through the Merseyrail network. Where this has not been possible, every effort has been made to provide high-quality buses with the option of express and local stopping services.

Key travel advice

  • The Liverpool City Region is very much open for business during the work and you can still get into the city and to your destination
  • Based on your final destination, the alternative travel arrangements may actually get you closer to where you want or need to be.
  • Plan ahead and leave more time for your journeys.
  • Stick to public transport wherever possible to help keep the City Region moving.
  • Please print off/pick up tickets in advance, BEFORE the day of travel.
  • There will be additional staff on hand to help at key interchanges– if you need help/advice or have a question please speak to them.
  • Employers and staff should consider what the impacts may be on working patterns and consider adjustments if necessary, such as the potential for flexible working.
  • Car parking at Liverpool South Parkway will be limited during the work to accommodate additional facilities needed to support passenger journeys. Passengers are advised to use public transport to travel to/from the station.

Map out your journey

View map and dates of rail replacement bus services for Liverpool Lime Street between the 29 September - 22 October.

Liverpool City Centre map

If you’re unfamiliar with Moorfields station, click on the map to download a PDF showing how to get around the centre of Liverpool during the work.

Mainline services from destinations such as Manchester, London, Birmingham, Leeds, York and Crewe will start/terminate at Liverpool South Parkway, with the Merseyrail network taking passengers to/from Moorfields station in Liverpool City Centre.
Tickets will be valid on the Merseyrail network during the work, so there is no need to purchase a separate ticket.

Monday – Saturday: 4 trains per hour
Sunday: 2-4 trains per hour (depending on time of travel)

Please allow an extra 10-15 minutes for your journey.*
*Please note that stations will be busy and passengers may have to wait for the next available Merseyrail service .

Mainline services from destinations such as Manchester, London, Birmingham, Leeds, York and Crewe will start/terminate at Liverpool South Parkway, with the Merseyrail network taking passengers to/from Moorfields station in Liverpool City Centre.
Tickets will be valid on the Merseyrail network during the work, so there is no need to purchase a separate ticket.

Monday – Saturday: 4 trains per hour
Sunday: 2-4 trains per hour (depending on time of travel)

Please allow an extra 10-15 minutes for your journey.*
*Please note that stations will be busy and passengers may have to wait for the next available Merseyrail service .

The Merseyrail network

As the Merseyrail network will be serving a large number of people taking diverted mainline services, some changes will need to be made to Merseyrail services across its wider network. These will largely be timetable changes but there will be a small number of rail replacement bus services. For more information visit www.merseyrail.org/limestreetupgrade

Mobility assistance

Step-free access is available at the majority of stations, but please note that this is not available at Hunts Cross station. Hunts Cross must act as one of the interchange stations during the work for services that run via stations between Warrington and Hunts Cross.

Please contact your local train operator for more information:

  • TPE: 0800 107 2149
  • Northern: 0800 138 5560
  • Virgin: 0800 015 8123
  • London Midland: 0800 092 4260
  • East Midlands Trains: 0800 011 3323
  • Merseyrail: 0800 027 7347

Rest assured we have worked meticulously with rail industry and Liverpool City Region colleagues to keep people on the move throughout the Lime Street closure.

Martin Frobisher, route managing director, Network Rail

This is one of 10 major railway upgrades as part of a £340m railway investment in the Liverpool City Region and sits within the wider Great North Rail Project to transform rail travel for customers across the north of England.

 

Wirral loop line renewal complete

The Wirral Loop Line fully reopened on Monday 19 June following six months of work to replace 1.2km of concrete track on the loop section of the Wirral line and 1.6km of ballasted track under the River Mersey.

Wirral

Engineers worked around the clock to complete the upgrades in order to maintain the safety and reliability of this key rail network. Thank you to all passengers who adapted their journeys during each phase of the work.

Other key schemes in the £340m Liverpool City Region investment