Liverpool City Region’s trains
We’re seeking investment in both our trains themselves and the infrastructure to open up the network to more people and places across the city region.
New services will unlock leisure and business opportunities between the Liverpool City Region, its airport, Cheshire and North Wales – made possible through the re-signalling and upgrading of 1.5 miles of existing single direction track on the ‘Halton Curve’. Services between Chester and Liverpool Lime Street, using the Halton Curve, are due to commence in May 2019.
Liverpool Lime Street station
We have worked closely with the rail industry to bring about a significant improvement to the station that allows for more frequent services to existing and new destinations. Completion of a new and re-modelled platform and re-signalling now means that there’s capacity for two services per hour to London, with planned direct services to Glasgow from May 2019 and to Edinburgh from December 2019.
The newest station on the Merseyrail network was opened in summer 2018. It improves access to the Merseyrail network for local people, helping reduce pressure on the older station in the town and supports the proposed new housing developments, which will see over 1,500 new properties built in the area.
The station has been transformed into a transport hub with a new bus interchange, 340 more car parking spaces, new booking hall, lifts, subway and stairs. It will help local people capitalise on Newton-le-Willows’ enviable position of being halfway between Manchester and Liverpool, helping open up leisure and employment opportunities in both city regions. It builds on the recent electrification of the rail line, which means that journeys between Liverpool and Manchester can take as little as 30 minutes.
We have invested £3.4 million with Alstom, to help create a new train maintenance and repair facility at Widnes. This is also creating new jobs, as apprentices at the depot receive highly skilled practical training in partnership with a local college, to give them a life-long career in engineering.
We are committed to ensuring that our city region has the connectivity it needs to grow our economy and build the foundations for future prosperity. That’s why it is essential for the Liverpool City Region to have the very best connections between the North of England, the rest of the UK and to the world.
We are working hard to ensure that Liverpool City Region is fully connected to the HS2 network via a new twin-track line between Liverpool and Manchester as part of Northern Powerhouse Rail. This will to meet capacity needed for the doubling in passenger numbers by 2040, meaning faster journeys, and will free-up space on the existing network to make the most of investments in the freight and logistics sector in the city region.
Evidence shows that linking Liverpool to HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail in this way will generate an extra £15 billion boost to the city region’s economy, including 24,000 new jobs, 11,000 new homes and 3.7 million more visitors every year.
We continue to work with partners from the business and social enterprise sectors to make our case for full connection to Northern Powerhouse Rail and HS2 through the Linking Liverpool campaign.