There will be a programme of platform upgrades designed to prepare the Merseyrail network for the arrival of the new, state of the art trains in 2020 that will transform how people travel. The phased programme of upgrades will take place between 20 October 2018 and 16 June 2019.
Phase one will see work take place from 20th October to 28th October at stations between Ormskirk and Walton and from 29th October to 9th November at stations between Ormskirk and Old Roan. Where stations are closed rail replacement buses will be in operation, information will be available at stations. Passengers are advised to visit www.merseyrail.org/itshappening for more information.
The second phase of work will take place between 12th November and 16th December at Bank Hall station. Rail replacement buses will be in operation and information will be available at stations closer to the time.
These vital works, delivered by Network Rail, will involve upgrading existing platforms and realigning track to ensure that they are compatible with the new trains and their ground breaking, sliding step technology that will provide unassisted access for all.
This means that wheelchair users can board the train without a ramp and passengers with prams and cycles can get on and off the train with ease.
There will be 11 phases of works during this period. Only short sections of one line will be closed at any one time, with all stations on that section closed. Closures will vary in duration, but most will be between nine and 30 days at a time.
High quality, rail replacement buses will get passengers to where they need to go as quickly as possible and some of these will be express services.
Merseytravel, Merseyrail and Network Rail have worked collaboratively on this project and significant planning work has been carried out to minimise the time needed to complete these important works and reduce disruption to passengers.
In addition, they have also worked closely with the Liverpool City Region district councils and key city region partners to avoid as far as possible other engineering works and major events to ensure that the city region remains open for business.
- You can still get to where you need to go – but you will need to make changes to your journey.
- Check before you travel – Closures are taking place at different locations at different times on the network so it’s important to keep checking what’s happening and when.
- Plan ahead – use journey planners.
- Leave more time for your journey – Some timetables may change.
- Don’t take the car, stick to public transport.
- Consider avoiding travelling at peak times where possible.
- Consider your options – other public transport options including Mersey Ferries and commercial buses may be a good alternative.
More information is available at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/itshappening and www.merseyrail.org/platform-upgrade-works.aspx. For more information about the new trains visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk/newtrains