Update on Wirral loop Line Track Renewal

Fri, February 10th, 2017

Track renewal work to enter next phase between Liverpool and Wirral

Merseyrail Wirral line passengers will be able to travel to and from Liverpool by train on weekdays from Monday 13th February as Phase 2 of major track renewal work gets underway.

Work to replace the concrete base on the ‘loop’ is on schedule, meaning that trains will be able start and terminate at James St station, Monday to Friday.

Weekends will continue to see Wirral line trains starting and terminating at Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central, with high quality, express rail replacement buses running between Birkenhead and Liverpool stations.

There will, however, be special arrangements for weekends over the Grand National Festival, Easter and the May Bank Holidays, with trains starting and terminating at James St.

While direct rail services to and from the city centre are expected to be welcomed by passengers, they are being advised that the first week of Phase 2 (13th-17th February) will present challenges as only one platform will be available at the station. However by the second week (20th February-29th May), the service offered will be much improved as two platforms will be in use.

While trains will be back running Monday to Friday, people are still being advised to plan their journeys in advance as services will still be running to the same timetables as during Phase 1 of the works. There will also be specific advice for cyclists and other people with travel needs at www.merseyrail.org/trackrenewal.

Meanwhile, there will continue to be a number of options for people travelling across the river at weekends– rail replacement buses, existing cross-river bus services, the Mersey Ferries and even the car. The tunnels are generally proving to be flowing freely at weekends, meaning driving may be an option on Saturday and Sundays without causing congestion.

Key detail:
• James St station will be back in use Monday to Friday and for special events
• Weekends will see a continuation of the rail replacement service between Birkenhead and Liverpool
• Trains will not run around the city centre ‘loop’ for the duration of the track renewal works

For more information please go to www.merseyrail.org/trackrenewal.


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