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 Revamp of subway linking Lime Street stations set to begin

Revamp of subway linking Lime Street stations set to begin

Published on 11/04/2014
Work will begin next week to revamp the subway area that links Liverpool Lime Street's main line and underground stations, ahead of a busy summer of events in the Liverpool city region.
 
The £315,000 upgrade, commissioned and funded by Merseytravel and carried out by Merseyrail, will include full re-tiling of the floor, installation of a new wall and ceiling cladding system, and will be in line with work recently done at other Merseyrail underground stations. Automatic doors at the St John's Lane entrance will also be installed.
The refurbishment is scheduled to be completed before the International Festival for Business in Liverpool, starting in June.
 
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.
 
Said Cllr 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."
 
Maarten Spaargaren, managing director at Merseyrail, added:
 
"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."
 
Future maintenance of the refurbished subway will be split between Liverpool City Council, who own the subway structure, and Merseyrail.