Liverpool Lime Street station is running normal services once again following the completion of upgrades that will transform the station.
Part of a £340 million investment throughout the Liverpool City Region, the upgrades have provided the most significant transformation of the station since the 19th century.
By remodelling the Liverpool Lime Street station platforms, there is additional space that can accommodate longer trains at the station, meaning there are more seats for passengers, and the longer trains can be used more frequently, meaning more journeys will be created.
As well as the commissioning of two new platforms, the existing station platforms have been lengthened and widened, creating vital space that make Merseyside’s premier train station a gateway into the area, and the more modern trains mean those travelling from Liverpool will have more frequent services up as far as Scotland.
Part of the Great North Rail Project, the transformation signifies the second major phase of upgrade work.
Other changes made include upgraded signalling equipment and overhead line equipment – something that is of particular importance to the modernisation of Britain’s railways.
Elsewhere, the centrally-operated Manchester Rail Operating Centre is where signalling control is undertaken from, providing much more reliable journeys and faster decision making on the railways, therefore minimising delays.
Chris Grayling, Transport Secretary, spoke about the benefits available to businesses and passengers in Liverpool.
He said: “Liverpool Lime Street passengers can now take advantage of new platforms, longer trains, more services and more seats thanks to this upgrade.
“Passengers are at the very heart of every decision we make and this is just one part of a huge investment across the north.
“This includes £3 billion on the Transpennine upgrade, all Northern and TransPennine Express trains being replaced and refurbished, more than £1 billion in all improvements on other parts of the northern network and up to £780 million investment on the East Coast Main Line.”