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What is Wirral loop line track renewal?

The rail track that runs around the Wirral loop line and forms part of the connection between Wirral and Liverpool sits on a concrete base. The concrete base is 40 years old and so it is time to replace it.

Why is it happening?

As part of a £340 million investment in the region’s railway, Network Rail plan to renew the track in order to maintain long-term efficiency and reliability.

Between January & June 2017, the existing concrete and track between Wirral and Liverpool will be dug out and new concrete and track laid in its place. Once the work is complete, no major renewal work will be needed on the stretch of track for decades to come.

Track Facts

  • Engineers will be working day and night 40 metres underground to replace the track and concrete.
  • 140 wagon loads of concrete will be used.
  • Four miles of cabling for lighting, power and water will be used.
  • The tunnel in the loop is very narrow and just under 4.7m in diameter.
  • The only access point for work vehicles is from Wirral so all vehicles have a six mile round trip underground to reach the work site.
  • Liverpool is one of only four British cities that have an underground rail network.

How will this affect me?

Phase 1: Tuesday 3 January - Sunday 12 February 2017

For six weeks, Wirral line trains will start and terminate at Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central. Rail replacement buses will run between Birkenhead and Liverpool stations.

Phase 2: Monday 13 February - Monday 29 May 2017

For 15 weeks, Wirral line trains will start and terminate at James Street station from Monday to Friday. At weekends, all services will start and terminate at Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central. Rail replacement buses will run between Birkenhead and Liverpool stations.

Phase 3: Tuesday 30 May - Sunday 18 June 2017

For 20 days, Wirral line trains will start and terminate at Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central. Rail replacement buses will run between Birkenhead and Liverpool stations.

The short video below shows the different stages involved in the track renewal work. 

The video below gives an overview of the £340 million investment Network Rail and Liverpool City Region will be making in the region’s railway.

Phase 1 Travel Information

Phase 1 Travel Information

Tuesday 3 January to Sunday 12 February 2017

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Phase 2 Travel Information

Phase 2 Travel Information

Monday 13 February to Monday 29 May 2017

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Phase 3 Travel Information

Phase 3 Travel Information

Tuesday 30 May to Sunday 18 June 2017

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