Liverpool Lime Street: Station closes for upgrade

Traffic outside Lime Street Station Image copyright David Dixon/Geograph
Image caption Lime Street is Merseyside's busiest station

Passengers using Liverpool Lime Street have been advised to plan ahead as the station effectively closes for eight weeks.

Most mainline services into the terminal - used by millions each year - will run in and out of Liverpool South Parkway, rail bosses said.

The closures would allow for equipment upgrades and two new platforms to be built and as part of a £340m "transformation", Network Rail said.

It is expected to reopen on 29 July.

Mainline services to and from Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport, London, Nottingham, Runcorn, Birmingham and Crewe will be affected.

Network Rail published details of alternative routes and advised customers to check journey times via National Rail Enquiries.

It also advised customers to:

  • Plan ahead and allow more time for journeys
  • Stick to public transport wherever possible
  • Select 'Liverpool all stations' when buying tickets to ensure connecting services are included in the fare

However, passengers will still be able to access Merseyrail services via Lime Street, Network Rail said.

A spokesperson said: "The Liverpool City Region remains open for business. You can still get where you want to go, but will need to make some changes to your journey."

Platforms will be remodelled to accommodate longer trains and more passengers as the station's commuter numbers are expected to double during peak periods by 2043.

The station closed for three weeks last year in the first phase of the work.

From 2019, there will be an extra three services at Lime Street every hour, including new direct services to Scotland.

Additional work will take place on 2 September before the transformation is due to finish in October.

About 15.6m people travelled from or to Lime Street station in 2016/17, not including those who used it for interchanges.

Image copyright JThomas/Geograph
Image caption Many mainline services will start and end at Liverpool South Parkway (above)

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