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A revamped Liverpool Lime Street to enable new and more frequent services.


Passenger numbers in the Liverpool City Region are growing.  By 2043 more than 40,000 will enter Liverpool through Lime Street in the morning peak which is why we are remodelling the station to allow for more services to operate.

Track, signalling and platform upgrades, including a new platform and two extended platforms will enable an extra three services per hour to operate from the station. 

The work is part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, the strategy to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience.

Work to Lime Street involves work to Edge Hill, which was the end of the line for the first passenger railway service in the world between Liverpool and Manchester. 


  • Three new services an hour, including a direct service to Glasgow a by 2019.
  • Longer, straighter and safer platforms capable of accommodating longer trains and more passengers, more safely.
  • Improved facilities at the station with a remodelling of the concourse providing new retail opportunities.


Work to demolish the buildings on Platform 8 took place in spring 2017, with those affected moving to the concourse.  The second and final major phase of Liverpool Lime Street’s transformation will take place between 2nd June and 29th July 2018. Similar to phase one, which took place 30th September – 22nd October 2017, this will include full and partial closure of lines into Liverpool Lime Street. New services are expected to be running by the end of 2019.


The work to improve Lime Street station will mean there will be periods within autumn 2017 and 2018 where people who usually use the station will have to make some changes to the journey.  However, the Liverpool City Region will remain 'open for business' with robust alernative transport arrangements in place.

The transport plan will involve keeping people on the rail network wherever possible, diverting many mainline services to Liverpool South Parkway and getting people to and from the city on the Merseyrail network. Where rail replacement buses are offered, every attempt has been made to procure the best quality buses.

For phase 1 of the works the station closed fully and then partially for 22 days between 30th September 2017 and 22nd October 2017.

Phase 2 of the works will take place between 2nd June and 29th July 2018 this will include full and partial closure of lines into Liverpool Lime Street, more information including journey advice will be available Spring 2018.

Key advice during these works is to;

  • You will still be able to get where you want to go, it will just mean some changes to your journey.
  • Leave more time for your journeys. Estimated additional travel times will be provided, where possible, to help you plan. Services may also be busier than usual.
  • Plan ahead and based on your final destination; the alternative travel arrangements may actually get you closer to where you want or need to be.
  • Stick to public transport wherever possible to help keep the City Region moving.
  • Consider your transport options. If you’re travelling within the City Region, commercial bus services may be a good alternative to get you where you want to go during the period of the works.

Passengers who normally travel via Warrington Central or Crewe (from London, Sheffield, Birmingham and Manchester);

  • 30th September -22nd October: Passengers will interchange at Liverpool South Parkway to make their onward journey to Liverpool on the Merseyrail ‘metro’ network - a London Underground-type service that serves multiple inner and outer city stations. It is likely to get many travellers closer to their final destination than travelling into Lime St Station.

Additional journey time: Merseyrail offers a fast frequent service, meaning your additional journey time is only estimated to be 10-15 minutes longer than usual if you are able to catch the next Merseyrail service.

Passengers who normally travel to Lime Street through St Helens;

  • 30th September-9th October: Rail replacement buses from St Helens Junction and St Helens Central. Passengers can choose between Express, limited stop services to/from Lime Street or stopping services to all intermediate stations.
  • 9th -20th October: Passengers will be able to travel by train into Liverpool Lime Street between 6am and 8pm. After 8pm passengers will travel on rail replacement buses to/from Huyton where they will connect to rail services towards Manchester and Preston.
  • 20th -22nd October: Passengers will be able to travel by train as far as Huyton where rail replacement buses will be provided.

Additional journey time:  Based on peak time travel, up to one hour more if travelling on the stopping service or up to 35 minutes more if travelling on express/limited stop service between St Helens stations and Liverpool Lime Street. Up to 29 minutes more between Huyton and  Liverpool Lime Street.

Passengers who normally travel on Northern and Merseyrail services to Liverpool via Hunts Cross;

  • 30th September -22nd October: Passengers will travel by rail replacement bus as there will be no Merseyrail services to/from Hunts Cross and Northern Services will terminate at Hunts Cross. Rail replacement buses will take passengers into Liverpool and stations ‘en route’ to/from city centre.

Additional journey time:  Based on peak time travel, up to 22 minutes more between Hunts Cross and Liverpool Lime Street. Up to 18 minutes more between Hunts Cross and Moorfields station.

Merseyrail network

To accommodate people on diverted services to/from Lime Street some changes are having to be made to Wirral and Northern line services. This largely timetable changes, but there will be some replacement bus services. More information is available via the link at the bottom of the page.

Maps of your alternative journey, details of your travel options and more information on the Merseyrail network can be accessed via