LIVERPOOL LIME STREET IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME

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

WHAT

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. 

Phase one was completed between 30th September – 22nd October 2017 and work to demolish the buildings on Platform 8 took place in spring 2017.  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, 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.

BENEFITS

  • Three new services an hour, including a direct service to Glasgow 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.

WHEN

Phase two 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.

TRANSPORT INFORMATION & ADVICE: PHASE TWO

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 provide the best quality buses.

Key advice during these works is:

  • 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.
  • Plan ahead and allow more time for journeys. Additional journey time estimates will be given where possible to help you plan.
  • Stick to public transport wherever possible to help keep the City Region moving.
  • There will be lots of additional staff on hand to help at key interchanges.
  • When purchasing tickets please select ‘Liverpool all stations’ to ensure your ticket includes any connecting services.

JOURNEY PLANNING ON KEY ROUTES

Journeys between Liverpool Lime Street and Birmingham, London, Crewe, Runcorn, Manchester Oxford Road/Airport/Piccadilly, Sheffield, Nottingham and Norwich

  • Your service will start/terminate at Liverpool South Parkway. Regular connecting train services will operate between Liverpool South Parkway and Moorfields station in Liverpool City Centre.*
    *When purchasing tickets please select ‘Liverpool all stations’.

Journeys between Liverpool Lime Street and Blackpool and Preston (including connections from Lancaster, Carlisle and Scotland)

  • From 11 June – 13 July, between 6am and 8pm, a direct train service will operate between Blackpool North/Preston and Liverpool Lime Street.
  • From 2 – 10 June, 14 – 29 July, or after 8pm during the period above, there are two options: 1. Change at Preston station for a train service to Ormskirk. Train connections are available between Ormskirk and Moorfields station in Liverpool City Centre. 2. Travel by train between Blackpool North/Preston and Huyton station. Change at Huyton for regular, high quality rail replacement bus services to/from Liverpool Lime Street.

Journeys between Liverpool Lime Street and Newcastle, Scarborough, Huddersfield, Leeds and York

Your service will start/terminate at Manchester Victoria station:

  • From 11 June – 13 July, between 6am and 8pm, travel directly by train between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street.
  • Between 2 – 10 June, 14 – 29 July and after 8pm during the period above, there are two options: 1. Travel by train between Manchester Victoria and Huyton station. Change at Huyton for regular, high quality rail replacement bus services to/from Liverpool Lime Street. 2. Change at Manchester Piccadilly for connecting services to Liverpool South Parkway. Regular connecting train services will operate between Liverpool South Parkway and Moorfields station in Liverpool City Centre.*
    *When purchasing tickets please select ‘Liverpool all stations’.

For travel information, including connecting train services and advice on the simplest way to complete your journey during Lime Street’s major upgrade, please visit www.nationalrail.co.uk/lcr

It will be important to check journey times up to a month before, in the run up to and just before you travel as they may change. More information on why times are unavailable now can be found at www.nationalrail.co.uk/timetablechange