Friday, 7 July 2017

Lime Street Remodelling

The timetable for the first week of the autumn works at Liverpool Lime Street arrived in my database this morning.  Update:  I am adding details of later in the period as and when they are released.

Here's a summary of the effects on "our" lines:

On Saturday 30 September and Sunday 01 October buses run between Lime Street and St Helens Central and between Lime Street and Manchester.

On Monday 02 to Sunday 08 October the buses are to St Helens Central and St Helens Junction.

From Monday 09 until Saturday 14 and Monday 16 to Friday 20 October, a modified service will run with two trains an hour all stations Lime Street to/from Wigan, one of which is extended to Preston; and two trains an hour all stations to/from Manchester Victoria.  After about 20:00 buses replace trains between Lime Street and Huyton.
Note that these will be the only trains at Lime Street High Level, services on other routes will run from South Parkway or Hunt's Cross.

On Sunday 15 October one train an hour between Lime Street and Manchester Airport, and one train an hour between Lime Street and Preston.

All this information is outside Network Rail's "Twelve week window" so is still provisional.  Updates for the final weekend will presumably follow soon.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Progress Report

Liverpool Lime Street

Demolition of the post office building is complete and the digging out of the new tracks is under way.

The Virgin buildings which also occupy the location of the new platforms have been vacated and are now also surrounded by hoardings ready for demolition.  Virgin, meanwhile, have a new office on the concourse.

Huyton Fourth Track

I was surprised to see a track machine parked on the fourth track near Roby station:
This is a Plasser & Theurer 08-16-SP tamper, I'm told.  How it reached this totally isolated piece of railway I don't know.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

More Progress at Huyton

The construction shanty town occupying Huyton Hey Car Park has been cleared and the lines marking the bays are being re-done, so the re-opening can be only a day or so away.

Further to my previous report, I have not seen any more new track.

There will be no trains at Huyton on Sunday 6 August 2017, hopefully an opportunity to get on with the fourth track.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Progress

Huyton

The car park at the telephone exchange is back in normal use.

More interestingly, a couple of panels of new track have been laid, extending the fourth line a little further eastwards towards Huyton Junction.  (The track previously stopped in line with the end of the platform.)

Liverpool Lime Street

Work to demolish the former post office building between platforms seven and eight is progressing slowly, although I couldn't see anyone working on Thursday afternoon - Perhaps they can only knock down walls outside traffic hours.
Update - 7 May:
The above picture was taken on 27 April.  Ten days later things had moved on significantly:

Friday, 31 March 2017

Huyton Barrier Completed

It looks like all the work on the walls and fencing behind the bus station and the telephone exchange has been completed, clearing the way for the fourth track.  The telephone exchange car park is clean and tidy and ready for use, although I haven't seen any cars in it yet - maybe BT have lost the padlock key?

The next part of the project is new rails and electrification, hopefully most or all will be completed in a September blockade.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Huyton Progress

The first stage of the project to add a fourth track has moved on well.  Behind the telephone exchange the barrier seems complete although I presume railings are to be added on top.  I think the car park will be available once that has been done.

The rear of the bus station is once again in use for turning buses, and the new wall seems complete.  A little finishing off remains to be done.

The encampment in Huyton Hey car park remains in place, presumably it will be the base for the second stage of the project, already under way, which is the railway work - Moving and adding electrification masts and laying new track.