Lime Street Track Works

Lime Street upgrades near completion

Liverpool Lime Street will close again this Sunday as the railway station’s major upgrade prepares to wrap up after eighteen months of construction work.

The station will be closed on Sunday 2 September as part of the second phase of upgrades at Lime Street, which has already seen an eight-week closure this summer.

Lime Street was closed between 2 June and 30 July this year, and one final closure on Sunday 14 October is expected to bring the extended platforms 1 and 2 into full use.

During the upcoming closure on Sunday, trains will start and terminate at Liverpool South Parkway, which connects to the wider Merseyrail network.

Once complete, the upgrades will add an extra three services in and out of Lime Street per hour, while the longer platforms can accommodate larger trains and provide more space for passengers.

Overall, the project has seen around two miles of track upgrades with a remodelled track layout to the station’s entrance also undertaken. There have also been works to signalling equipment and overhead lines, with signalling control now moved to Manchester’s Rail Operating Centre to increase journey reliability.

Liam Robinson, transport portfolio holder for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said: “These improvements are a major part of our Long Term Rail Strategy being put into practice and will help to meet the increasing demand for services from the station.

“While the majority of the works were done during the major closures, these smaller closures are vital to get the full benefit of the upgrade at Lime Street.

“We’d like to thank passengers for their patience and understanding during this closure and look forwarding to them seeing the benefits that this upgrade will bring.”

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