Major upgrade completed for Liverpool Lime Street rail station

Merseyside’s main rail station, Liverpool Lime Street station, fully reopened after Network Rail completed a 23-day transformation of a key part of the Great North Rail Project. The project involved replacing 2,000m of track, redesigning and lengthening platforms and building two new ones (platforms 7 and 8). All these improvements will help provide passengers with more seats on more trains in and out of the city.
Further work is planned over Christmas 2017 and summer 2018 which will include further signalling upgrades, including transferring the operation of the railway to a purpose-built, modern signalling centre in Manchester.
From 2019, work under the project will enable an extra three services per hour in and out of Lime Street station, including new direct services to Scotland. Longer, better managed platforms will accommodate longer trains, helping to provide more space and seats for passengers.
“As part of our Great North Rail Project, the Liverpool Lime Street project will enable faster, more frequent and reliable train services to run in and out of the station by 2019. This work brings us one step closer to fulfil our aim of running hundreds more trains each day – more trains with more seats, running more quickly and reliably across the north of England,” Martin Frobisher, Network Rail’s London North Western route managing director, said.

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