Merseyside's railways to benefit from £340m improvements

Liverpool Lime Street station Image copyright Geograph/David Dixon
Image caption The plan will see major improvements to Liverpool's Lime Street Station

Rail services across Merseyside are to be given a £340m upgrade, Network Rail has announced.

Network Rail and Merseytravel will invest in new stations and new rolling stock to provide more frequent services and improve reliability.

The plan will also include improvements to Liverpool's Lime Street Station and the re-opening the Halton Curve, linking Liverpool to North Wales.

The work is expected to take three years to complete.

It will include:

  • New and longer platforms at Lime Street station, with upgraded signalling equipment. This will enable longer trains and more frequent services
  • Renewing tracks on the Merseyrail underground loop
  • Laying additional track between Huyton and Roby - this will enable faster services between Liverpool and the east
  • Building a new station at Maghull North - between the existing Maghull and Town Green stations
  • Newton-le-Willows station will be improved
  • New Liverpool-to-Chester service and the re-opening of the Halton Curve
Image caption Newton-le-Willows station will be improved as part of the scheme

Merseytravel Chairman Councillor Liam Robinson said that while the projects would mean "significant changes to how people make their journeys", he hoped to "minimise disruption to residents, visitors and business".

The improvements are part of Network Rail's nationwide Railway Upgrade Plan to upgrade tracks and stations in response to increased demand for services.

They will pave the way for additional services, such as planned new First Transpennine Express services from Liverpool to Glasgow in 2019, and new Liverpool to Chester services.

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