- Sympathetic renovation for historic Merseyrail station
- Overhaul of the Water Street pedestrian tunnel
- Water Street booking office restored to former glory
- Historic platform 2 spruced up and retro posters displayed
Following on from the refurbishment of platforms 1 and 3 of James Street in 2013, other areas of the station have recently had a make-over: the Water Street pedestrian tunnel and booking office, as well as platform 2.
The original tiled floor and walls of the grade II listed pedestrian tunnel, which dates back to the 1880s, have been restored and new art-deco posters displayed. And, to give it a modern feel, as well as historic appeal, coloured LED lighting has been installed.
The booking office, which had looked tatty and grey for some time, has been sympathetically improved and original features, such as the mosaic tiles, cleaned up and enhanced.
The spectacular brickwork, 19th century tiling and other period features of platform 2 have also been upgraded and new art deco posters put up, to complement the historical atmosphere. Platform 2 is rarely used, but provides a very attractive view for passengers on platform 1.
Built in 1898, James Street, along with Hamilton Square, is the oldest deep level underground station in the world.
The restored areas were recently completed and officially re-opened in a small ceremony which took place in November.