UK infrastructure manager Network Rail has started major upgrade works of Liverpool Lime Street station in a bid to improve and increase the reliability of train services in the future.
The move comes as part of a £340m railway investment in the region near Liverpool that will focus on upgrading ten stations in the area by the end of next year.
It is also a part of the Great North Rail Project, which aims to enhance rail services for passengers in the north of England.
The station will remain closed during the course of the transformation works, which will continue for nearly eight weeks until 29 July.
Network Rail London North Western route managing director Martin Frobisher said: “With passenger figures set to double during peak periods by 2043, the Liverpool Lime Street upgrade is vital to transform train travel for passengers in the future.
“Our work will enable faster, more frequent and reliable train services to run in and out of the station by 2019.”
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Once completed, the works will allow the station to accommodate three additional arrival and departure services per hour, including new direct services to Scotland.
The scope of the works is also to increase the length of the platforms, allowing bigger trains at the station, as well as provide more space for passengers.
Liverpool Lime Street’s closure is anticipated to cause disruptions in regular services as multiple mainline rail services will be diverted to Liverpool South Parkway. Passengers will reach the city through the Merseyrail network.