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NR extends platform at Liverpool South Parkway ahead of Lime Street upgrade

Important work to temporarily extend platform 4 at Liverpool South Parkway has been completed this week in preparation for the major upgrade happening at Lime Street station later on this month.

The redesigned platform will accommodate longer trains and will be key to keeping Liverpool moving when Lime Street closes between 30 September and 22 October.

Network Rail’s Orange Army has worked tirelessly to put the 150-metre temporary extension in place using an extensive scaffolding system built around existing overhead line structures, as well as relocating one of the signals.

Liverpool South Parkway railway stationThe exterior of Liverpool South Parkway

Liverpool South Parkway station is going to act as a major interchange station during Lime Street’s major transformation,” said Sean Hyland, senior project manager at the infrastructure owner.

“In order to prepare for this we’ve completed vital platform extension works at the station to allow passengers travelling on Virgin services to alight at South Parkway during the upgrade, ready to pick up the next Merseyrail service into Liverpool.”

And Frank Rogers, chief executive of Merseytravel, explained that the work completed at Liverpool South Parkway represented the company’s commitment to both providing quality transport services and keeping people moving during the Lime Street Station upgrade.

“Transport providers have worked together to provide services to keep people moving and it’s really important that customers, both local and from further afield, plan ahead and familiarise themselves with the alternative arrangements so they can continue to get about easily and seamlessly during the works,” noted Rogers.

Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Merseyrail's managing director, also added: “This project is testament to effective partnership-working on the part of Merseytravel, Network Rail and all the train operators affected, both from the local area and beyond. It underscores our collective determination to develop an improved railway for everyone.”

Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Liverpool City Region, emphasised that the major Lime Street station upgrade is an “essential part” of the region’s ambitious transport plans designed to boost capacity and connectivity.

“As the upgrade gets underway we’ll be continuing to make the case for the north to get the infrastructure commitment and funding it deserves, particularly in light of developments just last week with Transport for the North regarding plans that would give us direct connectivity to the High Speed network and HS2,” concluded Rotheram.

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Shib Nath Das   26/09/2017 at 13:05

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Shib Nath Das   26/09/2017 at 13:08

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Keith   26/09/2017 at 16:20

Great work by the Network Rail orange army. Shame its not a permanent structure! The rumour has always been that a platform extension at South Parkway was not possible due to the bridge & track layout? So we have this great big empty station more spacious than any other in the Northwest. Can someone advise why thousands of people have to drive from Liverpool to Runcorn (a shoe box station) every weekday to reach London? I do hope we can see this idea form a permanent solution from South Parkway to the Capital one day.

Andrew Gwilt   27/09/2017 at 07:36

Or they could extend the 4 platforms at Liverpool South Parkway to accommodate longer trains including Virgin Trains WC 11-Car pendolino trains.

Mikeb   27/09/2017 at 17:36

Andrew...That is the reason for them extending platform 4 - albeit on as a temporary basis only - to accommodate 11-car Pendolinos whilst Lime Street is closed. Passengers from Euston will change at South Parkway into Merseyrail services.

A Carlisle   29/09/2017 at 08:04

Why can't the temporary extension to the south parkway platform be a permanent one. This would be much more beneficial to the city.

Mikeb   29/09/2017 at 17:24

A Carlisle... A permanent extension of platform 4 at LSP(which is on the down slow line) could indeed be beneficial, as it would allow an additional stop for Euston - Liverpool Pendolinos at certain times of the day. Although, to make it viable, it would have to be countered by extending platform 3 (on the up slow) to cater for services to Euston.

AJG89   29/09/2017 at 22:55

Why not install 2 bay platforms at Liverpool South Parkway so that Merseyrail trains can terminate at LSP and head back into Liverpool. That’s what I’m thinking of. Just saying.

Mikeb   30/09/2017 at 13:03

@AJG89. You obviously do not know the layout at Liverpool South Parkway Andrew. Merseyrail services use low-level platforms 5 and 6 and continue to Hunts Cross, where they terminate at platform 3. During the closure of Lime Street, Merseyrail services WILL be terminating at LSP with a rail replacement bus to Hunts Cross.

AJG89   01/10/2017 at 15:20

Ok. Fine. So much bitting from few idiots.

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