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.

Amended service at Liverpool Lime Street from Monday 24 December to Tuesday 1 January

Start date
24/12/2018  00:00
End date
Route affected
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East Midlands Trains between Norwich and Liverpool Lime Street

London Northwestern Railway between Birmingham New Street / Crewe and Liverpool Lime Street

Northern between Manchester Oxford Road and Liverpool Lime Street

Virgin Trains between London Euston / Crewe and Liverpool Lime Street

TOC(s) affected
East Midlands TrainsLondon Northwestern RailwayNorthernVirgin Trains

Signalling upgrades are taking place in the Liverpool area as part of the Weaver Wavertree resignalling programme. Signalling areas in Allerton, Speke, and Garston are being recontrolled to the Manchester Rail Operating Centre over the festive period. This will enable more reliable journeys and boost capacity in the area.

No trains will run on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 December.

East Midlands Trains:

Trains between Norwich and Liverpool Lime Street will be diverted between Manchester Oxford Road and Liverpool Lime Street, not calling at Warrington Central, Widnes or Liverpool South Parkway. These train services will additionally call at Newton-le-Willows.

Replacement buses will run between Newton-le-Willows and Widnes / Warrington Central.

Customers travelling to / from Liverpool South Parkway should use alternative routes via Liverpool Lime Street.

London Northwestern Railway:

From Saturday 29 until Monday 31 December, a reduced service will run between Birmingham New Street and Runcorn. On Tuesday 1 January until 12:00, a reduced service will run between Stafford and Runcorn.

Buses will be provided to run between Runcorn and Liverpool South Parkway.

To help you with your journey, you may use Merseyrail between Liverpool South Parkway and Liverpool Central.


Trains between Manchester Oxford Road and Liverpool Lime Street will run between Manchester Oxford Road and Warrington Central.

Replacement buses will run between Warrington Central and Liverpool Lime Street.

Virgin Trains:

From 21:15 on Monday 24 December until the end of service on Tuesday 1 January, trains will be diverted to run via Warrington Bank Quay (making an additional stop here), and will not call at Runcorn.

Please note that no trains will run at all on Christmas Day or Boxing Day (25 or 26 December).

Replacement buses will run between Crewe / Liverpool Lime Street and Runcorn.

Check before you travel:

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

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:

You can read more about track work and why it is necessary.