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Transport Secretary gives seal of approval to multi-million pound Liverpool Lime Street upgrade

Upgrade will mean longer trains, more reliable services, more seats and faster journeys.

Chris Grayling at Lime Street Station, Liverpool
The Secretary of State for Transport with Steve Rotherham, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region and Dame Louise Ellman, MP for Liverpool Riverside.
  • longer platforms, new track and upgraded signalling delivered in upgrade project
  • passengers to benefit from longer trains and more reliable services
  • upgrades part of the £1 billion plus Great North Rail Project

Faster, more frequent and more reliable services will ensure better journeys for passengers, thanks to the completion of £140 million of upgrades at Liverpool Lime Street station.

Delivered on time and on budget by Network Rail, the extended platforms, new tracks and upgraded signalling and overhead line equipment were inspected by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling on a visit to the station today (15 October 2018).

The work, which has been completed in stages over the past 18 months, is part of the wider £1 billion plus Great North Rail Project.

The Transport Secretary also saw one of the 98 state-of-the-art Northern trains sets to be rolled out across the network over the coming months. Replacing outdated Pacer trains, the brand new diesel and electric trains will run across the Northern network, delivering more seats and space and comfortable.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:

When Concourse House was demolished it opened up Lime Street’s grade II façade 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.

The station is served by Northern, TransPennine Express, Virgin, London North Western Railway, East Midlands Trains and, in its underground station, Merseyrail.

On a tour of the new works, Mr Grayling was joined by Martin Frobisher, managing director for Network Rail’s London North Western route, and Chris Nutton, Major Projects Director at TransPennine Express.

His visit coincides with the first ever Green GB Week – an annual event aimed at highlighting the opportunities clean growth offers the UK and at raising understanding of how businesses and the public can contribute to tackling climate change.

To mark Green Great Britain Week the Transport Secretary welcomed the announcement from rolling stock leasing company Porterbrook that their latest battery technology would enable class 350 electric multiple unit trains to match the performance of diesel trains on existing non-electrified routes on key corridors across the North of England.

The UK has led the world to date in cutting emissions while creating wealth. Between 1990 and 2016, the UK reduced its emissions by over 40% while growing the economy by more than two-thirds – the best performance in the G7 on a per person basis.

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Published 15 October 2018