Network Rail has recommended that an immediate package of work is carried out at Liverpool Central station, increasing its capacity by a third.
The strategy was announced in the rail operator’s Merseyside route utilisation strategy.
This also recommends that between 2015 and 2020 more extensive upgrade work would be required at the station, and is encouraging the rail industry to explore detailed options for a new underground platform or a new station.
The RUS recommends this work should be completed in time for the Government’s High Level Output Specification in 2012.
Merseyrail’s managing director Bart Schmeink said: “I am pleased that the RUS recognises the immediate problems that we face because of our success. The plans for Liverpool Central will make a real difference to our passengers who at the moment have to put up with a below standard station. I believe the people of Merseyside deserve better. It is up to all of us in the industry to make it happen and make it happen quickly.”
2009 – 2014
- Introduce more 6 car peak-time services
- Introduction of a new fleet of trains in 2014
- Increasing daytime services from Chester to Liverpool from every 30 minutes to every 15 minutes matching peak-time frequencies
- Schemes to increase line speed to shorten journey times
2014 – 2019
- Longer trains on most routes
- Potential extensions to the Merseyrail network, such as a new route to Skelmersdale allowing through services to central Liverpool
The strategy will now be presented to the Office of Rail Regulation, which has 60 days to consider this after which it will become an established strategy.