Huyton station

UK Network Rail has resumed services on the route between Liverpool and St Helens, after the completion of railway improvements in north-west England.

A part of the £1bn Northern Hub and North West Electrification Programme, improvement works included the installation of an additional track in the Huyton and Roby area to increase capacity and allow faster journeys between Liverpool and Manchester.

New signalling and upgrades were also made to Huyton and Roby stations such as customer information systems, new lifts and easier access through subways.

The improvements will deliver faster and more reliable journeys, more seats and extra capacity.

"This investment demonstrates another move towards more reliable, faster and greener journeys for our customers."

Northern Rail managing director Alex Hynes said: "We would like to thank our customers for their patience during the recent upgrade work. Services between Liverpool, Manchester and Wigan will be running as normal from Monday and the improvements can be easily seen by those travelling on the route."

"This investment demonstrates another move towards more reliable, faster and greener journeys for our customers."

The final phase of the route electrification between Manchester and Liverpool is expected to be completed by December.


Image: Huyton station reopens after a nine-day closure to install new track and improve facilities. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail.