Merseytravel seeks project team for Central

Fresh from confirming that the upgrade of Liverpool Central station will go ahead despite cutbacks by Network Rail, Merseytravel has published tender briefs for project manager and contractor for the work.

The phased improvement programme covers such work as moving escalator plant rooms to clear space on the platforms, resurfacing platforms, a new passenger lounge at the entrance and new lifts.

Merseytravel has £4m in place from Network Rail and the brief said up to £17m could be spent in total if future funding bids were successful. Network Rail cancelled its Better Station programme which would have given £6m to Central.

There will also be work at Moorfield station, also on the city centre underground loop, which will take up capacity on the Northern Line while Liverpool Central is undergoing certain work.

The contract for a project manager will be worth an initial £300,000 over 12 months but could rise to £850,000 if later phases are approved. The contractor will get £5m for the first phase.

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