Closures at stations including Green Lane, Chester, and West Kirby are expected as Merseyrail continues preparing its network for new trains.
Both stations and stretches of railway are to be closed as the network carries out further upgrades which will allow Merseyrail to roll out the new trains from next year.
The closures will take place in September until October, with the longest running at Green Lane, where Chester and Ellesmere Port services will not be stopping at the station between 8 September and 20 October.
Other lines to be closed for periods in the next two months include Birkenhead to Chester; Bache to Chester; West Kirkby to Hoylake; Aintree to Walton; and Southport to Formby.
While the first round of upgrades to several of these liens and stations took place in October last year, Merseyrail said at some stations, “more work was needed than the initial surveys and design had foreseen”.
“The decision was made to return to these stations later this year so that other phases of work weren’t delayed, which could have caused confusion for passengers,” said Merseyrail.
Further works are planned later this year running into 2020 to ensure all stations and signalling infrastructure are upgraded to accommodate the new longer trains, which will also include on-board wi-fi.
Lucy Middleton, scheme project manager at Network Rail, said: “We’ve completed around 85% of our upgrades on the Merseyrail network to prepare platforms for the arrival of new trains and their innovative sliding step technology.
“Unfortunately, we were unable to complete all upgrade work at Rice Lane, Green Lane, West Kirby, Birkenhead North and Chester as the changes needed were more complex than we originally thought.
“We didn’t want to impact further phases in the programme and made the decision to delay this work until later in the year. We’re sorry to Merseyrail passengers for the further disruption to their journeys and would like to thank them for bearing with us.”
Andy Heath, managing director of Merseyrail, added: “This work is essential to prepare the network for the new state-of-the-art trains that will arrive next year, with sliding step technology that will allow unassisted access for all of our passengers.
“Plans are in place to minimise disruption as much as possible, with both high-quality rail replacement buses and our staff helping passengers to complete their journey during these short phases of work.”