Train services resumed in and out of Liverpool Lime Street today following a successful eight-week upgrade of Merseyside’s gateway station.
The Lime Street station upgrade is part of the Great North Rail Project, a rail industry team effort to transform rail travel for customers in future, through track and train improvements across the North.
Martin Frobisher, Network Rail’s London North Western route managing director, said: “The transformation of Liverpool Lime Street is the station’s biggest upgrade since the 19th century.
“We’ve remodelled station platforms, making them wider and longer to make room for longer trains and more passengers. An extensive signalling upgrade also allows us to run more trains, more reliably.
“This vital upgrade is part of £340m of improvements across the Liverpool City Region and sits within the wider Great North Rail Project. This work will bring significant improvements for train customers for generations to come.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to all passengers for bearing with us while we deliver these much-needed railway upgrades.”
The station reopened on time, with the most noticeable change for passengers being to the platforms. All station platforms have been remodelled and many lengthened and widened to create vital space for longer trains and more passengers. Two new platforms, built last year, have also been commissioned.
In addition to this, just under 3km of track has been upgraded and the track layout completely remodelled to enable more services to run in and out of the station, more reliably.
Extensive upgrades to signalling equipment and overhead line equipment have also been completed. Signalling control has now been moved to centrally-operated Manchester Rail Operating Centre. This means more reliable journeys for passengers, allowing faster decision making on the railway to minimise delays.
Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, said: “These improvements will significantly improve services for rail users in the Liverpool City Region, and I’m pleased they have been completed on time.
“This is only the start of the ambitions we have set out in the Long Term Rail Strategy, helping to get the city region moving more efficiently and drive increased growth and investment in the area.
“We really appreciate the patience shown by passengers over the last eight weeks and I’m sure they will be pleased by the improved and increased number of services that these upgrades will bring.”