Please bear with us

Your brand new trains are on track for 2020. To prepare for their arrival, platform upgrade works will take place from October 2018 to June 2019, and will involve station and line closures, although we'll be running rail replacement buses during this time.

More information will be released before each closure, letting you know exactly how your station and line will be affected and how we will support you getting from A to B. You may see no difference at first, but you’ll definitely feel the benefits in the long-run.

Pioneering Platforms

This programme of works is all about getting the Merseyrail network ready for the arrival of our new groundbreaking trains. They will be faster, safer, more comfortable than ever, and able to carry 50% more passengers. Getting you there safely is at the heart of what we do. Your new trains will have extensive CCTV, the carriages will be open, light and bright and you can see right down the train. They will have wider aisles with better space for wheelchairs, bikes prams and luggage. These new trains will boost the regional economy by £70 million pounds every year, create around 1,000 new jobs, and make Merseyrail the most accessible rail network in the UK.

You will benefit from a number of modern features including sliding step technology which will result in unassisted access for all and you will be able to get on and off the trains much more easily. This technology represents a pioneering approach for the UK. We need to do some work to the platforms before the new trains arrive and in readiness for the sliding step.


Getting you from A to B

We’re doing our very best to make sure your journey is as smooth as possible. It’s very important to us that while the works are going on, you get to where you need to go with the minimum of hassle, but your journey will need to change. High quality rail replacement buses will be in operation, and express services will run, to get you where you need to go as quickly as possible. All other unaffected services will be strengthened too, to make sure you’ve lots of travel options available to you.

  • Plan ahead and leave more time for your journeys
  • Journeys may take longer especially at peak times
  • Check and check again - some timetables may change, as there will be closures at different locations at different times on the network
  • Stick to public transport

For information about your travel options, visit the Merseytravel website.

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