Major works at Lime St to get underway this autumn

Fri, July 21st, 2017

Next stage of rail investment starts on 30th September

The next stage of a £340m rail investment in the Liverpool City Region by the end of 2019 will get underway on 30th September with major works starting at Lime Street station.

While it will mean the closure of the station for 23 days, with a further closure in 2018, Network Rail, transport leaders and rail operators are determined to keep the City Region open for business, maintaining rail to rail transfers wherever possible and with the reassurance of high-spec replacement buses on routes where they are required.

The closure will facilitate the station’s biggest upgrade since the 19th Century, allowing Network Rail engineers to complete work including rebuilding and remodelling platforms, installing overhead line equipment that powers electric trains and upgrading the track.

With passenger figures through Lime Street expected to double during peak periods by 2043, this work is vital to provide the much needed capacity to allow train operators to run faster more frequent and reliable train services, including new direct services to Scotland.

This work to Lime Street is an important stepping stone towards long term improvements to the City Region’s capacity and connectivity, with the case for full high-speed rail connections west-east, joining up north-south HS2 infrastructure with Northern Powerhouse Rail into Liverpool, still being pushed for longer term.

Preparations for the Lime Street works, including alternative travel plans and communications, have been informed by the co-ordinated City Region approach to the successful six-month long Wirral Loop Line Track Renewal, which has seen passengers adapt well to changes in their journeys. Valuable insight has also been gained from the unexpected closure of Lime St at the end of February following a wall collapse.

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Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce will be organising briefing events in the run up to the work. More information will be available via the Chamber website or by calling Michelle Cameron on 0151 224 1886.

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