All the rail investment schemes are due to be completed by the end of 2019. While some will not impact on your journeys at all, others may require that alternative transport arrangements are put in place for certain periods.

You can be assured that Network Rail, Merseytravel and transport operators will continue to work together on transport plans that balance the need to get essential and complex work done with the need to keep people moving and the city region ‘open for business’.

There is project specific advice, but key advice for all projects that will involve some disruption, will be:

  • Leave more time for your journeys
  • Avoid travelling at peak times where possible and enjoy what the City Region has to offer.
  • Stick to public transport wherever possible to help keep the City Region moving

Businesses across the Liverpool City Region are encouraged to play their part, reinforcing the 'open for business' message and showcasing all that the City Region has to offer.

  • You can help by sharing the messages and visuals from this website. These are available as downloads to use as print and digital ads in promotions and social feeds. The more businesses use them, the more impact they will have. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD
  • The City Region has a great wealth of attractions including its restaurants, bars, theatres, concert venues, galleries and museums. Think how you can tailor these offers to promote people coming to the City Region and staying longer, or keeping those already in the City Region out after work to avoid peak travel times.



The work to improve Lime Street station meant there were periods within autumn 2017 and 2018 where passengers had to change their journeys. That said, the Liverpool City Region remained 'open for business' due to robust alernative transport arrangements.

The transport plans 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 were offered, the best quality buses were used.

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

Phase 2 of the works in 2018  the station was closed for will be slightly longer with a full clsoure for 3 weeks and a partial closure for 5 weeks.

Key advice during these works;

  • 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. If you're travelling via Liverpool South Parkway and using the Merseyrail network to and from the City Centre your journey is only expected to be an additional 10-15 minutes longer.
  • 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.
  • There will be additional staff on hand to help at key interchanges– if you need help/advice or have a question please speak to them.
  • 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.
  • Employers and staff should consider what the impaces may be on working patterns and consider adjustments if necessary, such as the potential for flexible working.

There was an extensive marketing and communications drive highlighting that the Liverpool City Region is still 'open for business' during the upgrade, for work and leisure.

For more information on the travel plans during the Lime Street station upgrade click here