The second stage of Liverpool Lime Street station’s eight week transformation is almost complete.
Platforms 1 and 2 close again at around 8pm tonight, having been reopened on 11 June following the first stage of upgrades. They will close again, having moved passengers in and out of the station for almost five weeks.
This has been an integral part of the transportation plan, developed by the rail industry over the past two years, to keep passengers moving and Liverpool open for business.
The plan for the final stage will be similar to the start of the closure. Passengers are advised to check www.networkrail.co.uk/lcr for travel advice and www.nationalrail.co.uk for live travel information. The station is set to reopen on Monday 30 July.
Check out the latest timelapse video showing work completed as part of Liverpool Lime Street station’s major upgrade:
Martin Frobisher, Network Rail’s London North Western route managing director, said: “The Liverpool Lime Street upgrade is an integral part of the Great North Rail Project, a team effort across the rail industry to transform train travel for customers across the North by 2020 through track and train improvements.
“While we’re sorry for short-term disruption we’d ask customers not to lose sight of the transformative improvements that the wider Great North Rail Project will bring by 2020.
“Lime Street station’s major upgrade will significantly boost capacity, enabling longer trains, with more passengers, running more reliably.”
Liam Robinson, Transport Portfolio Holder for the Liverpool City Region, said: “Videos like this are really useful as they show us what work is going on behind the scenes and how far the project has progressed in a relatively short space of time.
“We’re now in the final phase of the closure so please remember to double check your journeys before you travel as there may be some changes to the route. As always, a huge thank you to all passengers for their patience during these final couple of weeks.”
Liverpool Lime Street’s major transformation will be fully complete in October this year. Additional work will take place on Sunday 2 September and Sunday 14 October.
This work will enable an extra three services in/out of Lime Street every hour, including new direct services to Scotland. Remodelling and rebuilding station platforms will provide longer, more spacious platforms capable of accommodating longer trains and more passengers, more safely.
This capacity boost, also delivered by a wholesale signalling upgrade, is essential for the forecast growth in peak-time travellers through the station over the coming years.