Future engineering work

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See details of routes affected by planned engineering works, including when they take effect, maps of the affected area, alternative timetables, advice for alternative travel and real-time updates.

Major improvement works between Birkenhead Central / Birkenhead North and Liverpool Central until Sunday 18 June

Start date
03/01/2017  00:00
End date
Route affected
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Between Chester / Ellesmere Port / West Kirby / New Brighton and Liverpool Central

TOC(s) affected

Network Rail are carrying out essential renewal work on the city centre underground sections of the Wirral line. This means that Wirral Line trains will not be able to serve Moorfields, Liverpool Lime Street and Liverpool Central stations. At certain times, trains towards Liverpool will be unable to travel beyond Birkenhead Central and Birkenhead North.

The track in the underground ‘loop’, which forms the one way section of the Wirral line under Liverpool city centre, was built in the 1970s, and has been well maintained by Network Rail and its predecessors. But 40 years on, the concrete that supports the track in the single bore tunnels needs to be replaced. To minimise disruption, Network Rail is also taking the opportunity to replace the track under the riverbed between James Street and Hamilton Square at the same time.

Customer Advice:

Phases 1 and 2

Completed on time.

Phase 3

Until Sunday 18th June

There will be no Wirral line trains beyond Birkenhead Central and Birkenhead North towards Liverpool.

Buses will operate between Birkenhead Central / Birkenhead North and Liverpool Central, calling at Moorfields.

If you are travelling between the South Wirral and North Wirral Lines, you should use the shuttle service that is operating between Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central. This service calls at Birkenhead Park, Conway Park and Hamilton Square.

Demand for Merseyrail services is higher in the summer than in the winter, and while we understand there is never a good time to carry out this sort of work, the dates have been chosen to affect the minimum number of journeys possible. By undertaking all the work in one go, Network Rail can complete the track renewals quicker, and avoid a situation where time is wasted moving heavy machinery into and out of the narrow city centre tunnels.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can plan your journey on local buses by using use the Traveline website

Replacement buses & Bicycles:

Merseyrail are running a 'Bike Bus', which is a vehicle that can carry bikes and owners together. The Bike Bus will run between Birkenhead and Liverpool at key times during Wirral loop line track renewal for customers travelling with bikes. More information on this can be found here.

Further information on the rail replacement bus services can be found here.