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.

Buses replace trains between Aintree and Ormskirk until Friday 9 November

Start date
20/10/2018  00:00
End date
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Merseyrail between Liverpool Central and Ormskirk

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Engineering work, to upgrade platforms ready for the arrival of new Merseyrail trains, is taking place between Aintree and Ormskirk, closing all lines.

Until Friday 9 November, buses will replace trains between Aintree and Ormskirk, calling at all stations.

Check before you travel:

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

Bus timetables can also be viewed here.

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages


Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

This programme of works is all about getting the Merseyrail network ready for the arrival of new trains. They will be faster, safer, more comfortable than ever, and able to carry 50% more passengers. 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. Merseyrail need to do some work to the platforms before the new trains arrive and in readiness for the sliding step.