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Liverpool Lime Street Remodelling

Overview

Substantial changes at Lime Street station will lengthen and widen some platforms by removing the long-disused loco release roads and also removing platform 1, and will add two new platforms in between the existing 7 and 8.

Re-signalling will see Lime Street, Edge Hill, Allerton Junction, Speke Junction, Ditton, and Runcorn boxes all closed, with control transferred to the Manchester ROC at Ashburys.

Inevitably, the project will also provide a substantial increase in retail space with four new shop units, including a supermarket, which will be accessed from Lord Nelson Street.

The two new platforms will go in here between 7 and 8 with the removal of the Virgin offices and other buildings.

Schedule

In 2016 plans were announced for the station to close completely on 30 September 2017 for nine days followed by three weeks of extremely limited services. This was later revised and the work ran for three weeks between 30 September and 22 October 2017. Total closure was from 30 September to 8 October, followed by reduced services with trains running only to/from Manchester (via Earlestown) and Wigan/Preston.

A number of further closures will be required, at Christmas and Easter, the two bank holiday weekends in May, and finally an eight week operation later in 2018.

In service for 9 December 2018[Network Rail - December 2017 Enhancements Delivery Plan].

I have the following list of stages in the project. Obviously they are all provisional, especially the later ones.

  • Easter 2018: Four day blockade Wavertree Junction to Crewe for signalling work.
  • Sunday 08 April: Lime Street closed for resignalling work.
  • Platform 4 (old) will be closed, and 9 (old) will continue to be closed from April until July.
  • May Bank Holiday Weekend: Four day blockade Wavertree Junction to Weaver Junction for resignalling work.
  • Spring Bank Holiday Weekend: Three day blockade Wavertree Junction to Weaver Junction for resignalling work.
  • June/July: Major blockades at Lime Street with total closure 02 June to 10 June and 14 July to 29 July. Very limited service 11 June to 13 July.
  • Sunday 02 September: Lime Street closed for resignalling work.
Progress

For the latest progress and pictures see my News Blog.