We’ve made lots of improvements to your railway in the Liverpool area in the past few years – and we’re getting ready for more this August bank holiday.
We’re going to upgrade more of the area’s signals – basically the traffic lights of the railway – to help give you better and more reliable journeys with fewer delays and cancellations. It’s part of the Great North Rail Project, a big programme of investment and improvements to travel in the north of England.
Our essential upgrades worth £105m across Britain this bank holiday come as we’re welcoming everyone back to the railway. The work will help us give you better and more reliable journeys for the long term.
Some train services will be different as we carry out our work between 29 and 31 August but most will run as normal.
Please check your journey in advance with your train operator or on National Rail Enquiries. You can also follow #AugustBHWorks on Twitter.
Remember you must wear a face covering during your journey unless you’re exempt from the Government’s rules. For example, if you have a visible or hidden disability, or breathing difficulties.
What’s happening near Liverpool?
Our latest the Great North Rail Project works. We're moving the control of some signalling from Ditton, near Liverpool, to a modern signalling centre (Rail Operating Centre) in Manchester.
Rail Operating Centres make it easier and faster for signallers to respond to problems on the railway and reroute trains to get you moving again.
We’ll divert trains onto different routes during our upgrade to keep services running in and out of Liverpool.
What’s the Great North Rail Project?
It’s one of our biggest engineering projects in Britain. We’re improving rail links across the north of England with faster, more frequent and more reliable train services. You’ll have bigger trains with more seats, giving you more comfortable journeys.
It will mean that, in normal times, we’ll give you 2,000 extra services in the region a week and enable 40,000 more passengers to travel each day.
Our Liverpool City Region upgrade is a significant part of the broader project.
It includes big improvements to Liverpool Lime Street Station, where we’ve lengthened platforms and enabled three new services an hour. In June 2018, we opened the brand-new railway station, Maghull North in Merseyside.
Click on the gallery to see our team upgrading Liverpool Lime Street in 2017 and 2018 and the new Maghull North station:
Separately from our August bank holiday works, we’re upgrading platforms at lots of stations in and around the Liverpool area to prepare for new, bigger Merseyrail trains. We’re changing the height of station platforms and realigning track so the new trains’ sliding step can meet the platform edge.
This will give unassisted access to all passengers. It will especially help wheelchair users, passengers with mobility difficulties and those with bikes, luggage or pushchairs. Read about the Access for All programme to improve accessibility on the railway across Britain.
Other recent improvements include:
- Our modernisation of Newton-le-Willows station last year with a new bus interchange, more car park facilities and a new booking hall. New lifts, subway and stairs have also improved accessibility at the station.
- We’ve also upgraded the signalling at Edge Hill to give you more reliable services with fewer delays.
- Elsewhere, we've moved signalling control on the 22-mile stretch between Weaver Junction and Wavertree Junction.