Ahead of the International Festival for Business in Liverpool this June, rail engineers have been revamping the subway area that links Lime Street main line station and the underground stations.
The £315,000 upgrade funded by Merseytravel and carried out by Merseyrail, includes full re-tiling of the floor, installation of a new wall and ceiling cladding system. Automatic doors at the St John’s Lane entrance will also be installed.
The work on the underpass is the latest in a programme of improvements across the Merseyrail network. A £40 million programme to update all five underground stations has already seen Liverpool Central, James Street and Lime Street refreshed in a joint programme between Merseyrail, Merseytravel and Network Rail. Moorfields and Hamilton Square stations will be upgraded over the next couple of years.
Says Liam Robinson, chair of Merseytravel, ‘When visitors from outside the region travel to Liverpool, one of the first things many will see is Lime Street station and the subway link to the Merseyrail network.
We want people coming to the city for a host of high profile events this summer to enjoy their stay from the very start and this will help to give a great first impression.’ Head of Merseyrail, Maarten Spaargaren, welcomed the work. ‘The underpass at Lime Street station doesn’t do the network justice, so it’s great that work will soon begin to make it much more attractive. The enhancements will vastly improve the experience of Merseyrail customers travelling through that part of the network,’ says Martin.