The Transport Secretary was on hand to mark the official completion of the £140 million scheme to upgrade Liverpool Lime Street station.
Delivered by Network Rail, the project has been undertaken in a number of phases over the last 18 months, allowing for limited access to the station during that time.
Part of the £1 billion Great North Rail Project, the upgrade of Liverpool Lime Street means that longer platforms have been constructed to accommodate longer trains.
Upgraded signalling that is fit for the future will mean that even more trains will be able to run at any one time, meaning more frequent and much more reliable services.
The project was delivered on time and within budget, and the new track, overhead line equipment, and other aforementioned upgrades were inspected by Chris Grayling, on his visit to the station.
Mr Grayling spoke about what these improvements mean for passengers and business users.
He said: “When Concourse House was demolished, it opened up Lime Street’s grade II facade to the city again, and made it a much more fitting neighbour for the magnificent St George’s Hall and the other historic buildings of Liverpool’s World Heritage site.
“Now these improvements mean the interior of the station matches the exterior. Work on the platforms, tracks and signalling equipment of the station will deliver longer trains, more reliable services, more seats and faster journeys.
“Working closely with Network Rail and train operators, they will ensure people see significant benefits from the £1 billion Great North Rail Project.
“They are part of the government’s determination to put better journeys for passengers at the heart of everything we do.”
At the same time, Mr Grayling saw first hand one of the new electric trains that will be rolled out by Northern, delivering more space, greater comfort, and will be much more environmentally friendly than its predecessors.
Thanks to the significant upgrade, Liverpool Lime Street is prepared for the use of these new trains.