How The Liverpool Lime Street Closure Will Affect Your Journey

Liverpool Lime Street station is undergoing its biggest upgrade since the 19th Century. During the work, rail repalcement bus servces will be on hand for passengers travelling to Liverpool via Huyton between 30th September and 22nd October.

Below, you’ll find all the information you need to know plus we’ve included additional info about other services using Liverpool Lime Street.

30th September to 9th October 2017

Replacement bus services will operate from St Helens Central and St Helens junction to Liverpool Lime Street

Monday to Saturday. – Express / limited stopping service every hour and stopping service every 30 minutes.

Sunday – Stopping service every hour.


9th October to 20th October 2017

Between 6am and 8pm a train service will run into Liverpool Lime Street.

Services before 6am or after 8pm will see a replacement bus service in operation between Huyton and Liverpool Lime Street.


21st and 22nd October 2017

A replacement bus service will operate between Huyton and Liverpool Lime Street.

Saturday – Stopping service every 15 minutes

Sunday – Stopping service every 30 minutes

If travelling between Preston / Wigan and Liverpool you also have the option of travelling via Ormskirk / Kirkby using the Merseyrail network from Moorfields station in Liverpool City Centre.


Journey time

During this time passengers are advised to allow extra time for their journey. (based on peak-time travel)

Up to one hour more if travelling on a stopping service between St Helens stations and Liverpool Lime Street

Up to 35 minutes more if travelling on an express / limited stop service between St Helens stations and Liverpool Lime Street.

Up to 29 minutes more if travelling on a stopping service between Huyton and Liverpool Lime Street.

Up to 18 minutes more if travelling on an express / limited stop service between Huyton and :Liverpool Lime Street.


Other useful information


Hunts Cross line

Perhaps the most drastic change will be for people who use the Hunts Cross line to get into town.

A rail replacement bus will replace Merseyrail carriages run between Hunts Cross and Liverpool South Parkway and an express bus will run directly between Hunts Cross and Moorfields stations.

Another bus will also run between Hunts Cross and Lime Street station calling at Hunts Cross, Liverpool South Parkway, West Allerton, Mossley Hill, Edge Hill and Liverpool Lime Street.

The first buses fun from 5.45am and a full timetable can be seen here.

Ormskirk and Kirkby Lines

Because Merseyrail are expecting thousands of more passengers to use Liverpool Central while Lime Street station is upgraded, all Ormskirk and Kirkby trains will start and terminate at Moorfields station before 8pm.

If you are travelling out of the city after 8pm then your train will leave from Liverpool Central – where hopefully the rush hour traffic will have died down.

In addiction to these scheduled changes on Sunday October 15 engineering work will see the replacement bus services run between both Kirby and Omskirk stations and Liverpool Central.

Full details of any changes can be seen here.

Southport Line

Your train will probably be running later – and you might have to make an extra connection.

Those planning on travelling between Ellesmere Port and Liverpool will have to change trains at Hooton between seven in the morning and eight at night between Monday and Saturday.

While most people can expect to see their train’s departure time pushed back by at least 5 minutes.

But some trains, across a number of routes, are cancelled which could throw a spanner in your morning commute and lead to other trains being busier than expected.

You can see if you are affected by any of the cancellations here


Wirral Line

Passengers travelling towards Ellesmere Port can expect reduced rail service with trains running approximately every 30 minutes from 6am until 9pm.

Those travelling from Ellesmere Port, Overpool or Little Sutton towards Liverpool will have to change at Hooton between 7.22am and 7.52pm Monday to Saturday.

Chester passengers will face less disruption to their journey with services running every 15 minutes from 7am until 8pm through the week.


There are no timetable changes on either the New Brighton or West Kirby lines.

Merseyrail say they’ll be adding more carriages to the trains where they can and because ticket offices at Liverpool South Parkway, Liverpool Central and Moorfields stations are expected to be busier, where possible the advice is to buy your ticket from other stations.


Virgin Trains

Virgin have this page on their website with more info for their services

Planning your journey

Plan your journey using this link






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