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



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

The transport plan involved 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, high quality buses were used.

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

Phase 2 of the works the station was fully or partially closed for June and July 2018.

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.

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