Work to transform the second of three platforms at Moorfields station was completed on Saturday 2 April 2016, in time for the Grand National meeting at Aintree the following weekend.
The upgrade of the first two platforms has made a huge difference to the look and feel of the station. The modern look on platforms 1 and 3 will be replicated on platform 2, completing the upgrade of the underground stations in the Merseyside area.
Area Director, Network Rail
Platform one on the Northern line at Moorfields re-opened after a three-month closure for renovation. It means that once again, Kirkby, Ormskirk and Southport passengers will be able to get off trains at this station.
Network Rail is investing £12m to upgrade the station’s platforms and escalators to provide passengers with an improved facility to serve Liverpool's main business district.
The first platform to be refurbished (Wirral line, platform 3) re-opened in August 2015. Work on the last platform (northbound, Northern line, platform 2) will take start on Monday 11 April and services will not stop at this platform until the work completes in the summer.
The station, which is operated by Merseyrail, is the latest on Merseyside to be redeveloped as part of a wider £40m investment by Network Rail, working in partnership with Merseytravel and Merseyrail, to provide a better railway for the increasing number of people travelling by train. It will be completely refurbished but the station will remain open throughout the work.
Improvements will be made to platforms, walkways, and the upper and lower concourse areas. There will be new flooring, fresh enamel cladding on the walls and brighter lighting, which will give a cleaner, more airy and less cluttered environment. Nine of the station’s escalators will also be refurbished to improve their reliability and lifespan. They currently carry 6.5 million passengers a year, a number which is predicted to double over the coming years.
Terry Strickland, area director, for Network Rail, said: ‘The upgrade of the first two platforms has made a huge difference to the look and feel of the station. The modern look on platforms 1 and 3 will be replicated on platform 2, completing the upgrade of the underground stations in the Merseyside area.
‘The investment is part of our Railway Upgrade Plan to provide passengers with a better railway and modern stations in Merseyside that they can rely on and be proud of.
‘Again we have carefully planned the work with Merseyrail and Merseytravel to limit disruption to passengers as much as possible and, by closing one platform at a time, we are able to keep the station open and keep all trains running. I thank passengers for their patience while we complete this work.’
Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Merseyrail’s managing director, commented: ‘Working with our partners Network Rail and Merseytravel, we have carefully planned the refurbishment work at Moorfields so that both Northern line platforms are available for the Grand National event this year. This will enable the station to operate at its maximum capacity for race-goers, reflecting the importance of local train services in getting large numbers of people to and from Grand National safely and quickly, and at an affordable price.’
Information will be available at stations and on the Merseyrail website here, the Merseyrail app and social media.