Liverpool Lime Street station is undergoing its biggest upgrade since the 19th Century!
The station will close for 8 weeks, from the 2nd of June until the 29th of July 2018. Because of this, you will notice many changes to train timetables, routes and journeying times. For those travelling to homestay via train or those travelling outside of Liverpool, particularly to take trips to popular destinations such as London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Manchester Airport, it is important to familiarise yourself in advance with the new alterations.
– Ask a member of staff in the station if you are confused, they are there to help!
– When buying tickets, select ‘LIVERPOOL ALL STATIONS’ instead of Lime Street
– Always plan in advance and see what your changes will be (on long journeys, you are likely to change once, if not twice!)
– Give yourself extra time before your journey begins to make sure you are taking the correct train at the correct station
– Travel time, in some cases, could extend by around half an hour more. Always give yourself extra time!
If you are a homestay student and you use the train to reach school, make sure you understand how the alterations affect you.
Travel on the Northern line (blue line) to Ormskirk, Kirkby, Southport (and all local stops in between) remains the same as usual and is accessible from Moorfields and Central station.
Travel on the Northern line (blue line) from Central Station to South Parkway is unaffected and will stop, as usual, at:
Brunswick, St. Michaels, Aigburth and Cressington.
This service will not stop at Hunts Cross. There will instead be a Rail Replacement bus between South Parkway and Hunts Cross. From Hunts Cross, a train service will be available that stops at Halewood and Hough Green, continuing to Warrington.
Travel by train on the City line (red line) from Lime Street Station to Huyton will not be possible. There will be Rail Replacement buses in place of the train services. Some of these will be direct (no stops) to Huyton, others will be ‘full-stops’ buses, stopping at:
Edge Hill, Wavertree Technology Park, Broad Green, Roby and Huyton
From Huyton, the City line continues as normal to Wigan, St Helens, St Helens Junction, Manchester Victoria and all local stops in between.
Train services on the Wirral line (green line) will run the same as usual.
To travel to Chester, Elsmere Port and all stations in the Wirral (New Brighton, West Kirby etc.), use Central Station, James Street and Moorfields as usual.
DAY TRIPS, CITY VISITS AND MANCHESTER AIRPORT
All trains to London, Manchester stations (including Manchester Airport), Yorkshire, Birmingham and the North East will leave from Liverpool South Parkway station. To reach South Parkway, use the Northern Line service at Central Station.
It is predicted that passenger numbers using Lime Street will double by 2043. Upgrades to platforms, track and signalling equipment will enable faster, more frequent and more reliable train services.
From 2019 an extra three services will be able to run in/out of Lime Street every hour, including new direct services to Scotland.
There is no doubt that these changes will make great improvements to our city, so let’s hold tight whilst these improvements go on!