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17.08.17

NR states ambition to keep Liverpool moving during major Lime Street work

Liverpool Lime Street will remain “open for business” whilst it undergoes major work this autumn, Network Rail has today reassured passengers in the region.

The latest stage of work will take place between 30 September and 22 October in what is one of the biggest upgrades the station has seen since the 19th century.

The project will enable an extra three services per hour in and out of the station, and will also extend the platforms to allow for bigger trains – increasing capacity on services.

It is part of a £340m railway investment in the Liverpool City Region, and sits within the wider Great North Rail Project.

Today Network Rail and mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram have announced their ambition to keep passengers moving whilst works are ongoing.

“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,” said Martin Frobisher, Network Rail’s London North Western route managing director. “Our work will enable faster, more frequent and reliable train services to run in and out of the station by 2019.

“We’ve worked closely with our colleagues across the transport industry, and the Liverpool City Region, over the past two years to build a robust plan to keep passengers on the move during our Lime Street upgrade.”

Rotheram added that the Liverpool City Region is ambitious in its transport and infrastructure plans as they’re key to fully reaching the area’s economic potential.

“We have to accept that any significant improvements, like this work to Lime Street station, will bring disruption but it’s about ensuring it’s well planned and managed to keep people travelling for work, business or leisure,” he said.

“As the Lime Street upgrade gets underway we’ll be continuing to make the case for the north to get the infrastructure commitment and funding it deserves, not least full high-speed rail connections west-east, joining up north-south HS2 infrastructure with Northern Powerhouse Rail into Liverpool.”

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