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Services set to return to Liverpool Lime Street

Services into Liverpool Lime Street are set to resume full operations this Monday following a period of improvement works at the northern station.

Since 30 September many journeys into Liverpool’s main city centre station have been diverted to South Parkway. However, the first of the regular traffic can begin coming into the station after two platforms reopened earlier this month.

The work is part of a £340m upgrade plan that Network Rail and partners have been carrying out in the city, with the intention of improving station capacity, speed and efficiency of services.

Key updates to the signalling system were a central part of plans, which also included extending an existing platform and building a new one.

“These improvement works at Liverpool Lime Street have been carried out to meet the rapidly growing demand for rail services to and from the city now and in the future,” commented Steve Fisher, head of regional services at London Midland.

“We would like to thank customers for bearing with us while these essential improvements were carried out.”

The Lime Street upgrade is a part of the Great North Rail Project and is expected to allow an extra three services every hour to come through the station, while preparing for potential future links with the high-speed rail network and HS2. Liverpool South Parkway had temporary extensions constructed on one platform in order to meet demand.

Sean Hyland, Network Rail’s senior project manager, will be writing about Lime Street’s major transformation for the upcoming edition of RTM (October/November), set to hit desks on 31 October. Subscribe to receive your free copy by clicking here.

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Paul S   20/10/2017 at 12:25

Why has LM been noted as a company who's services return. There are other operators, West Coast, Northern, East Midland and Trans Pennine. Its not a return its a re-opening. after work done

Pdeaves   20/10/2017 at 13:16

Paul S, I expect LM were the ones to put out a press release, which this article reproduced (as you probably already knew).

Andrew Gwilt   20/10/2017 at 14:48

Why can’t Liverpool Lime Street platforms be extended to accommodate 11-Car Birgin Trains Class 390’s. Or has it be built to accommodate 12-Car trains including Class LM 350’s that do form as 12-Car units.

Mikeb   20/10/2017 at 18:11

Andrew.. You seem to have a short memory. I told you previously that Lime Street CAN accommodate 11-car Pendolinos

Andrew Gwilt   20/10/2017 at 21:26


Trisha   20/10/2017 at 22:11

I for ine am pleased Lime Street is back in service , as I live in the High Peak and travel to the Wirral several times a year . I'm also pleased that these changes will benefit passengers and staff on the rail services !

Gary   21/10/2017 at 14:33

Are virgin going to call at southparkway more in the future I always think its a better option than runcorn

Mikeb   21/10/2017 at 17:34

Gary. I agree that some Virgin services could call at Liverpool South Parkway but NOT instead of Runcorn, where there is a demand for travel to London.

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