©2018 Phil Wieland
Liverpool Lime Street Remodelling
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, 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.
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 were required, at Christmas and Easter, the two bank holiday weekends in May, an eight week operation in June and July 2018, followed by at least one final 1-day closure.
In service for 9 December 2018[Network Rail - March 2018 Enhancements Delivery Plan].
I have the following list of stages in the project. Obviously they are all provisional, especially the later ones.
For the latest progress and pictures see my News Blog.
Some people have been confused by the platform re-numbering, so here's a summary table: