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Merseyrail platform upgrades over festive period

The Merseyrail platform upgrades programme is set to continue over the festive period.

The programme of upgrades is taking place in 11 phases until June 2019, to prepare the Merseyrail network for the arrival in 2020 of new, state of the art trains.

These vital works need to happen to ensure that station platforms across the Merseyrail network are compatible with the new trains and their ground breaking, sliding step technology that will provide unassisted access for all.

This will mean that wheelchair users can board the train without a ramp and passengers with prams and cycles can get on and off the train with ease.

The next - third - phase will affect the Wirral loop line stations: James St, Moorfields, Lime St, Liverpool Central stations, from 27 December 2018 - 2 January 2019.

Merseytravel have advised that commercial buses and the Mersey Ferries may be good cross-river options.

Following this will be Phase 4 Kirkby line: Kirkby, Fazakerley and Rice Lane stations, from 5 - 13 January.

Phase 5 Hunts Cross line: Brunswick to Hunts Cross, starting with one day of work on 19 January, then 21 - 26 January 2019.

Sandhills to Hunts Cross (including Liverpool Central), from 20 to 27 January 2019

More information about Phases 6 to 11 including rail replacement bus services and alternative travel options will be available a few weeks before the start of each phase.

Information is available on the Merseytravel www.merseytravel.gov.uk/itshappening and Merseyrail www.Merseyrail.gov.uk/itshappening  websites