The next stage of the Liverpool Lime Street station transformation is underway.
For almost two months, upgrade work will take place to boost services and reliability in and out of the station by next year.
Running from the beginning of June until the end of July, the upgrade will help to ultimately tackle the issue of an expected increase in passenger numbers over the next 25 years; the new facilities will therefore help to make sure that Lime Street station is fit for purpose and has the capacity to hold the number of commuters and passengers that will be expected.
Part of the Great North Rail Project, the upgrade at Lime Street is the largest seen at the station since the 19th century.
The Great North Rail Project will transform travel for rail customers in the north of England and specifically for Lime Street, it is one of 10 major railway upgrades making up a £340 million railway investment in the Liverpool City Region.
A new direct service to Scotland will be part of the new services provided from Liverpool, once the upgrade work at Lime Street is complete.
The station’s longer platforms means that larger trains can get into the station, providing more space for passengers.
Martin Frobisher, Network Rail’s London North Western route managing director, explained the need for this work.
He said: “With passenger figures set to double during peak periods by 2043, the Liverpool Lime Street upgrade is vital to transform train travel for passengers in the future.
“Our work will enable faster, more frequent and reliable train services to run in and out of the station by 2019.”
Despite the major transformation taking place at the station, customers are being kept on trains where it is possible and Liverpool South Parkway – which was redeveloped to cope with this extra footfall – will host many of the lines while work is underway.