One of the busiest Merseyrail stations, Liverpool Central, will be closed for six months from April as it undergoes major construction.

 

A budget of £20million is to be spent revamping and modernising the facilities to benefit the passengers and aesthetics of the station.

 

Trade Presentation Manager at Central station, Jayne Boyd, said: “The station has not had a revamp for many years, the makeover will improve on all safety aspects upon platforms and the general look of the station.”

 

Liverpool Lime Street is a larger station than Central, but in 2008 and 2009 the latter was recorded as the busiest station in Liverpool city centre.

 

As the station produces a 50% footfall, the construction is highly important in terms of improving accessibility and passenger flow. To account for the large quantity of passengers going through the station daily, additional lifts will be built.

 

New escalators, new toilet facilities and more customer areas are among the major refurbishments that will take place during the six months in which the station will be closed.

 

Stella King, manager at Liverpool Central Station, said: “We want to improve surroundings for our customers. It is an added bonus for tourists visiting the city, as they will be in a state-of-the-art station.”

 

The Merseyrail team is hoping work will be completed by August so that it can cater towards the Mathew Street Festival this year. But construction is set to last until October, which may cause major disruption to passengers.

 

However, during the refurbishment trains will stop at Moorfields station, where a shuttle bus will pick up any passengers travelling towards Liverpool Central. There will also be additional staff at Moorfields during this period to help with any queries passengers may have.

Central station prepares for £20m makeover

By Gemma Sherlock

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The popular city centre station will be closed for around six months due to major refurbishment plans