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.

Merseyrail platform upgrades

A programme of upgrades to almost 100 platforms and track remodelling at 58 stations across the Merseyrail network is taking place between October 2018 and June 2019.

This work is vital to prepare the Merseyrail network for the arrival of their new, state of the art trains – in particular, making sure that the new trains’ sliding step can meet the platform edge. This will provide level access for all passengers.

Arriving in 2020, the trains will be safer, faster, modern and able to carry more people.

Being a considerate neighbour

In order to deliver the work safely and keep trains running where possible, much of the work must be delivered through the night when trains are not running. Letters will be sent to our lineside neighbours in advance of any works to keep them up-to-date.

We understand the inconvenience and disruption this work may cause. The type of equipment and machinery used does mean some disturbance is unavoidable, but we have planned our work to minimise any disruption as much as possible. For example:

  • Acoustic barriers will be used to reduce noise levels
  • Wherever possible, any works that involves a cutting/grinding method will be undertaken off site
  • Existing platform lighting and smaller battery operated low level lighting will be used. No tower lighting will be used.

We are grateful to our neighbours for bearing with us during these vital works.

Liverpool Lime Street

The £140m transformation of Liverpool Lime Street is complete. Upgrades to track, platforms and signalling were completed on time and on budget, with the final stage taking place on Sunday 14 October 2018.

Platforms across the station have been completely remodelled. Two brand new platforms have been built and are in use, and all others remodelled, widened and/or lengthened.


An extensive signalling upgrade has also been completed to allow more trains to run in and out of the station, more reliably. Signalling control was successfully moved over to centrally-operated Manchester Rail Operating Centre in July 2018. This means more reliable journeys for passengers, allowing faster decision making on the railway to minimise delays.

More, longer, better-managed platforms together with the station’s brand-new, state-of-the-art signalling system enables longer trains, with more space and more seats for passengers to run more reliably. These vital improvements have all been delivered within the station’s historic Grade-II listed building.

Commencing Christmas 2016, the majority of the work was delivered over two key phases; 30 September – 22 October 2017 and 2 June – 30 July 2018.

Fast stats: Liverpool Lime Street transformation

  • 5,000-strong workforce totally over 1 million hours worked in total
  • 4.7km track upgraded
  • 26,000 tonnes of new ballast (railway foundation stone) installed
  • 75 engineering trains used
  • 11km of new overhead line wiring installed
  • 25 new signals installed
  • 65 new overhead line structures installed

Other key schemes