Moorfields platform refurb . Pix for Jayne McLoughlin.

Moorfields platform work nears end

The next stage in the £12m upgrade of Moorfields station on Liverpool’s underground loop by Merseyrail will complete next month in time for The Crabbies Grand National 2016.

On Saturday 2 April, platform one on the Northern line at Moorfields will reopen after a three-month closure for renovation, ahead of the horse race meeting the following weekend. Passengers for Kirkby, Ormskirk and Southport will be able to use the station again.

Platform 2 for northbound trains on the Northern line will close on Monday 11 April for similar work, with services not stopping at this platform till the summer.

This work is part of a comprehensive programme to refurbish the entire station. The Wirral line platform received a makeover last year. Throughout the process, the station is remaining open. Galliford Try is the main contractor.

Network Rail, along with Merseyrail and Merseytravel, is improving all five city-centre stations, and Moorfields is the last one to be upgraded in a £40m investment to provide a better railway for the rising number of people travelling by train. The cost to upgrade Moorfields is £12m.

The overall refurbishment involves updating the original 1970s finishes and will see improvements to platforms and walkways. It includes new flooring, fresh enamel cladding on the walls and brighter lighting to create a cleaner, airier and less cluttered environment.

Nine of the station’s escalators are also being refurbished to make them more reliable and ensure they last longer. They currently carry 6.5m passengers a year, and this figure is expected to go up in future.

Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Merseyrail’s managing director, commented: “This station, which serves the city’s business district, plays a key role in the local economy and we’re determined to bring it into the 21st century and create an attractive environment for our passengers. We will continue working with partners Network Rail and Merseytravel to ensure that customers notice a real difference once it’s completed later this year.”

The other underground stations to be overhauled in this programme were Liverpool Central, James Street, Lime Street and Hamilton Square.

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